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July 11, 2014

Redlands Women’s Tennis Excels Academically with Individual and Team Awards from ITA

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.