FAIRFIELD, CT (August 8, 2012) - The Sacred Heart women's tennis team was honored for their academic success off the courts in 2011-12 by being named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division I All-Academic Team. In addition, five Pioneers were selected as ITA Scholar-Athletes for posting a grade point average of 3.50 or higher this past season.
The Pioneers, under head coach Mike Guastelle, were recognized by the ITA for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons. Sacred Heart was joined by Fairleigh Dickinson University as the only Northeast Conference teams recognized.
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 eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2011 and spring 2012).
Delaney Downing, a 2012 graduate, became just the fifth player in program history to be honored as an ITA Scholar-Athlete in each of her four years at Sacred Heart. Junior Gabi Kaldan(New Brunswick, NJ) earned earned the honor for the second-straight season. Graduate Kristin Legenza along with junior Maggie Tooley (Cheshire, CT) and sophomore Nicole Rydzewski(Maspeth, NY) were first time honorees.
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 thorough senior year).