September 4, 2013

Women's Tennis Earns Team and Individual ITA Academic Honors

Follow Akron Tennis on Twitter and Facebook

2013 ITA All-Academic Teams and Scholar Athletes

AKRON, Ohio – For the second time in three years, the Zips women's tennis team received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team award, while student-athletes Ksenia Berestetska, Madison Cohen and Signe Lazdina were recognized as ITA Scholar Athletes.

"We constantly talk to our student-athletes about committing themselves academically and athletically, and this wonderful honor shows that they do just that," Akron head coach Brandon Padgett said. "I am very proud of the team as a whole, as well as the individuals who earned this honor. They all worked extremely hard, and it is nice to see them rewarded for that."

The ITA All-Academic Team award is given to any program that has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher. To earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must be a letterwinner, have a GPA of at least 3.5 for the current academic year and have been enrolled at the institution for at least two semesters.

UA maintained a 3.54 GPA during the 2012-13 academic year, while Berestetska posted a 3.95 GPA in mass media, Cohen a 3.71 as a political science major and Lazdina a 3.80 in international business. Berestetska also earned Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors in May.

The Zips closed the 2012-13 season with an 18-10 record (5-3 MAC) and advanced to the MAC tournament's semifinal round for the fourth-straight season and fourth time in program history in April. The squad ended the year ranked eighth in the ITA's Midwest region.

After winning the MAC Tournament championship and representing the league in the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2012, in 2013 the UA doubles team of seniors Angelina Jogasuria and Prang Pantusart was selected to compete in the NCAA Doubles Championship.