Texas Tech tennis programs named ITA All-Academic teams

Texas Tech tennis programs named ITA All-Academic teams

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Texas Tech Women's Tennis program earned a spot on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team for the ninth time in 10 seasons.
 
The Lady Raiders were one of 304 teams to earn the ITA All-Academic Team honor. Texas Tech was one of eight Big 12 schools to earn the honor including Baylor, Kansas State, Texas, TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia.
 
Individually, five Lady Raiders were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. Sophomore Alex Valenstein earned her second award of her career while Alba Cortina-Pou, Sabrina Federici, Lynn Kiro and Gabriela Talaba were first time honorees.
 
The Texas Tech Men's Tennis program also earned a ITA All-Academic Team selection for the third time in the last five seasons. The Red Raiders were one of four Big 12 teams to be named an All-Academic team along with Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
 
Individually, Texas Tech's Carlos DiLaura, Alex Sendegeya and Bjorn Thomson were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. For all three players, it was their second ITA Scholar-Athlete honor.
 
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 through senior year).
 
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 eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).

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