TEMPE, Ariz. – Six Southern Conference programs are among the 302 Division I teams honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Tuesday with the 2017 All-Academic Awards. Furman, Mercer, UNCG, Chattanooga, Western Carolina and Wofford all earned the distinction while 35 individuals were named Scholar-Athletes.
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 varsity letter winners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2016 and spring 2017).
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).
Overall, 720 teams and 3,908 scholar-athletes across all divisions were recognized with the award. In the SoCon, Mercer and Western Carolina’s women’s teams led the way with six scholar-athletes while Mercer and UNCG’s men’s squads each had five winners.