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WC women net ITA honors

Team earns third straight award; eight players named Scholar-Athletes

August 13, 2010

ITA MEDIA RELEASE

SKILLMAN, N.J. — For the third consecutive year, the Wilmington College women’s tennis squad has been named an All-Academic Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). In addition to the team honor, a WC team-record eight players have been named National Scholar-Athletes by ITA.

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. In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letter winner and have a grade point average of at least 3.50.

“This is our third straight year earning this award, and the combined GPA of the 13 players on this team equaled the highest team GPA since receiving this award in 2008,” Wilmington head coach Jessie Loeffelholz said. “I am very fortunate to coach such a wonderful group of women, and I could not be more of them for this honor.”

As a team, Wilmington maintained a 3.41 GPA while team members Stephanie Amrhein (3.78), Lisa Brady (4.0), Erin Cane (3.93), Megan Higgins (3.62), Jennifer Hobson (3.52), Kaitlyn Lentz (3.90), Michelle Reiber (3.55) and Jessica Veite (3.92) received scholar-athlete honors.

“In August, when we hold our first team meeting of the season, I let the team know that one of our goals is to earn a spot on the ITA All-Academic Team,” Loeffelholz said. “I am so pleased with team’s academic and athletic accomplishments this past season. The team traveled on the road a lot from March through May, including exam week, and has been practicing since January. It takes a lot of dedication to stay focused in both the classroom and on the court during such a busy season. The ladies are very goal oriented, have career plans in mind, and know exactly what they need to do in order to accomplish these goals.”