TEMPE, Ariz. –
Seven members of the 10-player Charlotte women’s tennis roster were selected as 2016 ITA Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The national organization also recognized the 49ers as an ITA All-Academic Team for their prowess in the classroom.
Representing Charlotte as ITA Scholar-Athletes for this year are Tyler Baker
(first time), Briana Bodner
(third time), Fleur Holtkamp
(second time), Tai Martin
(first time), Victoria Pahlett
(second time), Megan Smith
(second time) and Macy Vonderschmidt
(second time). The seven selections are the second most in a single year for the program, trailing the eight established in 2013.
At least one 49ers player has been recognized every season since 2005. A remarkable 91.4 percent (53-of-58) of the selections in school history have come since Gorman took the reins in 2003-04.
Charlotte’s seven honorees tie it with North Texas for the most of any program in Conference USA. League champion Rice, who captured the conference’s sport team academic award, had six players on the list.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: be a varsity letterwinner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
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 letterwinners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (fall 2015 and spring 2016).
It marks the fifth-straight season in which the Niners were presented the ITA All-Academic Team accolade and ninth overall in program history. Seven of the nine plaudits have come under Gorman.