Women's Tennis Honored as ITA Academic Team; Ripoll Awarded as Scholar-Athlete

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Montserrat Ripoll (Pictured) Helped Lead the PBA Women's Tennis Team to Team Scholar Status.Montserrat Ripoll (Pictured) Helped Lead the PBA Women's Tennis Team to Team Scholar Status.

SKILLMAN, N.J.- While the season has been over for quite some time and the fall season quickly approaching, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s tennis team continues to pile up more accolades. After one of the best seasons in recent memory, the 2008 Sailfish squad topped it off by being named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Academic Team listing.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2007 and spring 2008).

On the individual’s side, rising sophomore Montserrat Ripoll was named a Scholar-Athlete for her work in the classroom.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).

The number one player on this past year’s squad as a true freshman, Ripoll completed a fantastic year on and off the court. Named as a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American for her on-court prowess, this marks her first academic award in what looks to be a long line of many to come.

A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Ripoll is a Mathematics major at Palm Beach Atlantic.

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