SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced the 2015 ITA All-Academic Teams and ITA Scholar-Athlete award winners and both of UMBC's teams are well represented.
Head Coach Rob Hubbard's women's team earned ITA All-Academic Team status and seven student-athletes achieved the distinction of ITA Scholar-Athlete. In addition, four men's players earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any member 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 or Junior/Community College eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2014 and spring 2015).
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).
For the men, three seniors – Eric Jarkowski (Baltimore, Md./Poly), Justin Lansinger (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) and Kamal Patel (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley), were feted, along with junior Melker Svard (Gothenburg, Sweden).
On the women's side, senior Isabel Alduante (Bowie, Md.), sophomores Mariami Dolashvili (Alushta, Ukraine), Adriana Alduante (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and freshmen Laura Ambrozic (Portoroz, Slovenia), Jennifer Christhilf (South Riding, Va.), Aishu Iyer (North Potomac, Md./Wootton), and Alice Taylor (Great Gransden, England) all earned the distinction.
All members of the 2015 ITA All-Academic Teams and ITA Scholar-Athletes will receive a certificate to recognize the achievement.