The academic accolades continue to roll in for Bulldogs Athletics, as the University of Redlands women's tennis program gained five Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athletes to go along with ITA All-Academic Team recognition for the squad as a whole.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a student-athlete must be a varsity letter-winner, own a GPA of at least 3.50 for the current academic year, and have completed at least two semesters at her current institution.
After receiving the honor in 2012-13, sophomore Alyssa Gilbert (Mukilteo, WA) repeats as an ITA Scholar-Athlete for the Bulldogs. She is joined by first-time recipients freshmen Emily Murnin (Salt Lake City, UT), Chikako Suzuki (Musashino-shi, Tokyo), and Stephany Yang, as well as junior Ceara Sumida (Hilo, HI). This quintet represents Redlands among the more than 550 student-athletes that received this award from the ITA.
The organization's All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team GPA of 3.20 or above for the current fall and spring semesters. This standard takes into account all student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches during the 2013-14 year.
Redlands joins five fellow Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) foes among the ITA All-Academic Teams. Caltech, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, the University of La Verne, and Whittier College also gained the honor, representing the scholarly success of the conference's women's tennis players.
For a complete list of recipients, please visit the ITA web site.