St. Louis, Mo., July 24, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's tennis teams each received 2018 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic accolades, as announced by the organization. In addition, the two programs had a combined 22 student-athletes receive ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition.
In all, 735 teams and 4,328 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored.
WashU was one of six University Athletic Association (UAA) institutions to have both its men's and women's teams represented joining Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University and the University of Rochester.
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 varsity letter winners were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2017 and spring 2018).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 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 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).
The women's team posted a cumulative GPA of 3.720 and individually was represented by Lisa Chionis, Grace Deering, Carina Greenberg, Grace Hederick, Brigitte Hodge, Libby Jubas, Kate Lee, Ashley Lessen, Sarah Mabee, Ally Persky, Lily Schroeder and Sanjna Tripathy.
Head coach Kelly Stahlhuth, the 2018 ITA Central Region Coach of the Year, guided the WashU women to a 13-8 overall record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears were ranked No. 13 in the final ITA rankings.
The men's team had a cumulative GPA of 3.680 and also had 10 selections: Jason Haugen, Jessie Korovin, Konrad Kozlowski, J.J. Kroot, Bernardo Neves, Koki Takabatake, Benjamin van der Sman, Radha Vishnubhotla, Johnny Wu and Mark Wu.
Head coach Roger Follmer led the WashU men to a 17-9 overall record and finished the season ranked No. 9 in the ITA rankings. The Bears advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 12th-straight season.