July 16, 2014

Women's Tennis Earns Academic Honors From ITA

2014 ITA All-Academic Teams and Scholar Athletes

AKRON, Ohio
– Four individuals from The University of Akron women's tennis team have been recognized as Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athletes for the 2014 season, the organization announced this week.

Ksenia Berestetska, Caroline Harpaintner, Olga Shkundina, and Martina Zerbola will each receive a certificate to recognize their achievements as ITA Scholar-Athletes. Additionally, the Zips program, which posted a collective GPA of 3.43, earned 2014 ITA All-Academic Team status.

"It is always a great honor when your team stands out academically, and when individual players stand out academically as well," said Zips head coach Brandon Padgett. "This year is no exception, and I could not be more proud of the achievements of our student-athletes. This was indeed a team effort that was highlighted by four outstanding individual efforts."

Berestetska, a recent graduate of UA, carried a 3.96 GPA at Akron and was named to the Academic All-MAC Team for 2014 while also receiving Team Most Valuable Player honors as a Zip this past season. Shkundina, the recipient of this year's Coaches Award, had a 3.67 GPA this past term. Harpaintner held a 4.0 GPA this spring and Zerbola carried a mark of 3.94.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). Akron last received this recognition in 2011.

The Akron women's tennis team finished their 2014 season with a 10-15 record.