TEMPE, Ariz. - The Coker College women's tennis team has been named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team, the association announced today. Also, five players from the 2016-17 roster were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. In all, 720 teams and 3,908 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored.
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 were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2016 and spring 2017).
As a unit, the Coker women's tennis team collected a 3.81 GPA during the 2016-17 academic year. On the court, the Navy and Gold finished the season with a 6-9 record this past season.
"I am so incredibly proud of our women's team on being selected as an ITA All-Academic team, and I'm thrilled to see so many individuals earning individual scholar-athlete awards," said head tennis coach Bill Simpson. "They are preparing themselves for a great future and are laying the groundwork in creating a team identity that includes athletic and academic excellence."
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).
Gainey, a rising senior hailing from Bishopville, S.C., finished the 2016-17 academic year with a 3.79 GPA. The exercise science major finished the season with three singles victories and collected six wins in doubles play.
Mezei, also a rising senior from Bavaria, Germany, earned a 4.0 GPA during the 2016-17 academic year. The communications major finished the 2016-17 season with a team-high seven singles wins on the year, including five of them in conference play. In addition, Mezei compiled five victories in doubles play.
Mickey, a rising senior from Sumter, S.C. compiled a 3.9 GPA during the 2016-17 academic year. On the court, she won five matches in singles play and four in doubles.
Ruetten is a rising sophomore from Heinsberg, Germany and is a business administration major. In the classroom, she earned a 3.9 GPA. On the court, Ruetten won five singles and doubles matches.
Sorrells is a rising senior from Sumter, S.C. The physical education major earned a 3.76 GPA during the 2016-17 academic year. On the court, she won three singles matches and collected six doubles victories.