CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston women's tennis team has again been named to the prestigious Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team.
Collectively, the team earned a 3.56 grade-point average for the school year and finished in the top 10% of all women’s tennis teams the in the country via the Academic Progress Rate (APR) standings.
“To have our team named an Academic All American Team for the fourth consecutive year and 14 out of the last 16 years is a true reflection of the outstanding student athletes the College of Charleston is able to attract,” said CofC head coach and director of tennis Angelo Anastopoulo. “These awards are only possible because of the outstanding teaching abilities of our faculty and the tremendous support the team receives from Keith Merritt and the entire academic support staff.”
Individually, four women's tennis players were named ITA Scholar-Athletes including 2013 Southern Conference Women’s Tournament and Tennis Player of the Year, J. Stewart Walker Cup recipient and second team academic All-American, Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.), as well as summa cum laude graduate Irene Viana (Paris, France) and fellow teammates Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) and Jamie Harrell (Charleston, S.C.).
The Cougars found success on the court as well in 2013, earning its fifth consecutive Southern Conference Championship title as well as a fifth-straight NCAA Tournament berth. The team’s 20-9 overall record marked the seventh consecutive 20-win season for the Cougars – amassing an impressive 153-49 (.757) record over that span, including a 92-20 (.821) record at the Cougars' Patriots Point Tennis Complex. Coach Anastopoulo earned his 400th career women’s victory vs. Kansas and has an overall women’s record of 417-155 entering his 23rd season.