CHARLESTON, S.C. - The four-time defending Southern Conference champion College of Charleston women's tennis team earned 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team honors, while five of its members individually garnered ITA Scholar-Athlete status.
Graduating senior standout Caroline Newman (Greensboro, N.C.), senior Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.), senior Irene Viana (Paris, France), junior Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) and sophomore Jenny Falcone (Davidson, N.C.) were honored on the Scholar-Athlete list. The Newman sisters and Kambourelis posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2011-12 school year.
As a team, the Cougars combined for an impressive 3.518 GPA last year and made their fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Additionally, they were ranked a program-best No. 60 during the season in the national rankings as well as finished a school-record No. 5 in the regional rankings.
The CofC women were also recognized by the NCAA in its annual 2012 Public Recognition Awards for schools ranking in the top 10 percent of all Division I teams in their respective sport. Teams honored by the NCAA earned multiple Academic Progress Report (APR) scores in the top 10 percent over the past four years.
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).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: (1) be a varsity letterwinner, (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 two semesters (including freshman through senior year).
The Cougars will open fall tournament play with the home-hosted College of Charleston Invitational on Sept. 14-16 at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.