ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis women's tennis has been named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic team for the 2011-12 academic year, and nine Billiken tennis players have garnered ITA Scholar-Athlete plaudits.
The Billiken women achieved a department-best 3.538 team grade point average last year, easily surpassing the minimum 3.2 required for the ITA All-Academic award. SLU is among 112 NCAA Division I women's teams to garner the award and one of just five Atlantic 10 Conference women's programs to be recognized.
Jenny Nalepa, Mia Elmore, Stephanie Hollis and Brooke Urzendowski collected ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades, awarded to letter winners who registered at least a 3.5 GPA for the entire academic year. Saint Louis tied for the third-highest number of honorees among A-10 institutions.
Five members of the Billiken men's team were rewarded for their work in the classroom with inclusion on the Scholar-Athlete honor roll, tying Saint Louis for the highest total in the A-10. Dave Welkener, Drew Feder, Nishaad Balachandran, Patrick Kella and Vuk Poledica earned the distinction, making SLU one of just 41 NCAA Division I men's programs to place at least five student-athletes on the list."We are extremely proud of the academic accomplishments by our women's and men's tennis teams for the 2011-12 academic year," head coach Jon Zych said. "Our student-athletes strive for all-around growth, achievement in the classroom and a fun, rewarding learning experience. They are vivid examples of classroom success and high standards. We are proud to have student-athletes in our program who represent SLU positively and who embody the Jesuit motto of always reaching higher for new goals. This tangible acknowledgement of hard work is well deserved."