TEMPE, Ariz. (July 25, 2016) – The ETSU men’s and women’s tennis teams earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team honors, while having 10 Buccaneers also recognized as scholar athletes, which was announced by the committee on Monday.
To be recognized as an All-Academic Team, both ETSU teams had a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above for the 2015-16 academic year. For scholar athletes, each player had to meet the following criteria: be a varsity letter winner, have a GPA of at least 3.50, and be enrolled for at least two semesters.
From the women’s team, Augustina Amon (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia), Marina Espana (Cestellar Del Valles, Spain), Regina Nychytailova (Maripol, Ukraine), and Jayde Viccars (Glen Waverley, Austrailia) were the representatives for the Bucs.
Wenceslao Albin (Salliquelo, Argentina), David Gonzalez (Barcelona, Spain), Ismael Merino (Lima, Peru), Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and Sebastian Yllera (Cinco Saltos, Argentina) rounded out the men’s scholar athletes.
“It’s always extremely rewarding to win championships, yet it’s more important for the future of these kids to receive a great education. Their effort in the classroom is outstanding. I’m so proud of our student-athletes,” said head coach Yaser Zaatini.
The ITA is the governing body of college tennis, overseeing men's and women's varsity tennis at NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College. The ITA administers a comprehensive awards and rankings program for men's and women's varsity players, coaches and teams in all divisions, providing recognition for their accomplishments on and off the court.
Both teams won the 2016 SoCon Tournament, where they earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The men have won their conference tournament ten straight years, and the women have won the conference three times in the last six years.
Albin won the Freshman of the Year for this season, and Ribeiro, Yllera and Merino were named to All-Conference teams. Choo earned All-SoCon First Team honors in both singles and doubles, and Espana landed spots on the Second and All-Freshman teams.
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