ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico women’s tennis team has been named a 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic team as announced on Thursday. The Lobos are one of six Mountain West teams to earn the honor.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). The Lobos finished the season with a 3.61 team GPA.
In addition to the ITA team award, the women’s tennis team also had seven players named ITA Scholar-Athletes for the 2014 season, which was more than any other school in the conference.
Susan Baklini, Michaela Bezdickova, Rachana Bhat, Lizette Blankers, Dominique Dulski, Meredith Hopson, and Madison Porter all received the award for maintaining a minimum 3.5 GPA throughout the season.
The abundant amount of academic honors that this team has received is pretty impressive considering coach Erica Jasper’s 2013-14 squad was made up primarily of freshmen.
About the ITA Awards program
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of varsity collegiate tennis players. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches and 20,000 student-athletes from over 1,200 institutions, has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership, sportsmanship and athletic performance. The ITA annually recognizes over 3,000 student-athletes on an individual and team basis from over 500 different varsity tennis programs. For more information on the ITA Awards program, please visit www.itatennis.com.