All nine members of Western Carolina’s tennis team have been named Scholar-Athletes by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
WCU also received the organization’s All-Academic Team Award for the sixth straight year and the 10th time since 2003.
Recent graduates Savannah Taranto and Alexa Webb were recognized for the fourth straight year. Rising seniors Lauren McCall and Jordan Strickland were honored for the third straight time. Upcoming juniors Carli Deehr, Jordyn King and Caitlin Ward were honored for the second consecutive year, while rising sophomores Jacy Smith and Julia Pezzuco received their first honors.
Seven of the honorees were named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for grade point averages above 3.0. Taranto, Webb, McCall and Strickland were selected to the Academic All-Southern Conference team.
Taranto (3.91), Webb (3.84), Deehr (3.98) and McCall (3.84) received the Commissioner’s Medal, awarded to athletes with GPAs of 3.8 or higher.
The team’s combined GPA was 3.87.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.2 or above.
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 3.5; and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.