TEMPE, Ariz. – Another successful year in the classroom led the Arkansas women’s tennis program to team and individual academic honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the 2016-17 season, it was announced Tuesday.
The Razorbacks posted a 3.31 GPA during the 2016-17 academic year, earning the All-Academic Team award for the third straight season. The award is open to any team with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
“I am especially proud of our players for their all-around commitment to excellence throughout the 2016-17 season,” head coach Michael Hegarty said. “This was a special group of young women and it is so exciting for us to return 10 players from such a successful group. We will continue to take positive steps as we enter the new season.”
Individually, junior Mia Jurasic, junior Peyton Jennings, sophomore Shwetha Prabakar and freshman Giulia Pairone were each named ITA Scholar-Athletes. To qualify, one must hold a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the year, be a varsity letterwinner and have been enrolled at least two semesters at their present school.
On the court, Arkansas captured the program’s 15th NCAA Team Championship bid and finished the season with 18 wins. The Razorbacks’ defeated 11 teams featured in the final national rankings, including No. 14 Auburn, No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 21 LSU and No. 24 Tennessee. Arkansas checked in at No. 19 in the final national rankings after holding a top-20 ranking in each of the last 10 weeks of the season.
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