A pair of UMBC Retriever tennis players, senior Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) and junior Justin Lansinger (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), each received an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete Award for carrying a 3.5 or higher for the 2012-13 academic year.
Moreover, the women's tennis team was named an ITA All-Academic Team for having a team GPA of 3.2 or higher for the 2012-13 academic year.
"Once again I am very proud of the academic achievement of our women's tennis team," head coach Rob Hubbard said. "Four of the past five years they have been awarded this honor by the ITA (barely missing in 2011-12) which shows the resolve these ladies have for excellence not only on the court but in the classroom as well."
Berghaus, one of the Retrievers' top players, suffered an injury and was unable to compete in the spring of 2013. The physics and economics major was selected to the America East Tennis All-Academic squad and earned America East First Team accolades in doubles play in 2012 after receiving the league's Rookie of the Year honor in 2010-11.
After a stellar high school career at Liberty, Lansinger joined the Retriever squad as a sophomore in 2012-13. He was a member of the 2013 America East Conference runners-up.
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 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/CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2012 and spring 2013).