Seven Panthers selected as Scholar-Athletes, program named All-Academic Team
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's tennis team and seven individual members were honored with academic recognition by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
Plymouth State was named to the ITA All-Academic Team, which recognizes programs with a cumulative team GPA of 3.20 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) in the last academic year. This is the third straight year the program earned All-Academic Team status.
Additionally, a record seven individuals were named ITA Scholar-Athletes; senior Rachel Gustafson (Belchertown, Mass.), junior Megan Wallace (Moultonborough, N.H.), sophomores Irene Kigugu (Concord, N.H.), Lily O'Connor (Salem, N.H.) and Nicole Tartagni (Guilford, Conn.), and freshmen Sydney Welch (Brockport, N.Y.) and Alex Dunn (Jaffrey, N.H.). To earn Scholar-Athlete status an individual 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) in the current academic year and have been enrolled at their institution for at least two semesters.
Plymouth State and the University of Massachusetts Boston were the only Little East Conference (LEC) member schools to earn All-Academic Team honors, while Plymouth State's seven Scholar-Athletes were the most for any LEC institution.
"It is an honor to be recognized by the ITA for the third straight year as an All-Academic Team," said head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett, who just completed her 13th season at the helm. "The players worked extremely hard to achieve this goal. I am also especially proud of the seven young women who achieved Scholar-Athlete status. This is what Division III athletics is all about – success in the classroom and success on the court."
The fourth-seeded Panthers were knocked out in the first round of the LEC Tournament last October after being picked sixth in the preseason poll. The team took four of six singles matches to record a 6-3 victory over Salem State in its lone spring contest, closing the 2016-17 season with an 8-7 mark.
An all-inclusive list of honored programs and individuals can be found on the ITA website at www.itatennis.com.
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