It was announced on Thursday that the University of Redlands women's tennis program collected multiple academic accolades from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The team as a whole was named an ITA All-Academic Team for a combined cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher for all 11 members of the roster. In addition, four Bulldogs received recognition as ITA Scholar Athletes, which includes those varsity letter-winners who have been enrolled for at least two semesters with a minimum GPA of 3.50 for the current academic year.
Redlands joins four fellow Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) members on the list of All-Academic Teams, with Caltech, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, and Whittier College also earning this award.
Individually, sophomore Alexa Anderson (Seattle, WA), freshman Natalie Etchegaray (Placentia, CA), freshman Alyssa Gilbert (Mukilteo, WA), and freshman Lauren Villanueva (El Segundo, CA) represent the Maroon and Gray among the more than 450 ITA Scholar Athletes in NCAA Division III.
This quartet of Bulldogs contributed to Redlands' 15-match win streak to start the 2013 season before it earned the best overall record in program history at 20-4. The Bulldogs reached the 20-triumph mark for the first time and amassed an impressive win percentage of .800 en route to cracking the top 10 in the national rankings. In addition, the Maroon and Gray returned to the NCAA Division III Championships after a two-year hiatus and advanced to the second round for an exciting finish to a stellar season.
For a complete list of the honorees, please visit the ITA web site.