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ITA Honors Women's Tennis With Academic Accolades
2014 ITA Division I Women's Tennis Academic Awards
Eight of Liberty's women's tennis players, along with the entire women's tennis program, have been recently recognized for their efforts in the classroom by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
"This achievement is a reflection of the hard work and dedication by our players to maximize their God given abilities on a daily basis," stated head women's tennis coach Jeff Maren. "Coach [Giancarlo] Lemmi and I are also very grateful for our entire academic staff. Their efforts are continuously producing big results."
As a team, Liberty was one of 143 NCAA Division I women's tennis programs named to the 2014 ITA All-Academic Team. The listing is comprised of programs with a cumulative 3.20 or higher grade point average (GPA).
This is the second year in a row the women's tennis program has been named to the ITA All-Academic team listing after earning their first-ever nod last year.
The Liberty women's tennis program currently has the highest cumulative GPA among Liberty's 20 NCAA Division I program. The Lady Flames currently have a 3.51 cumulative GPA, bolstered by a 3.71 team GPA during the 2013-14 academic year.
Additionally, Annisha Domenech, Mariely Hassey, Rebekah Jenkins, Lauren Mabe, Cameron Richard, Belen Rivera, Valerie Thong and Brittany Yang were each named to the 2014 ITA Scholar-Athlete team.
To be eligible for the ITA individual listing, a student-athlete must by a varsity letterwinner, have a 3.50 or higher GPA for the current academic year and have been enrolled at the institution for two semesters.
Richard and Yang are making their second appearance on the ITA Scholar-Athlete team after earning a spot on last year's listing. Liberty's first-ever women's tennis player to be named to the ITA Scholar-Athlete team was Jordan Jenkins in 2010.
A total of 710 NCAA Division I women's tennis players were named to this year's ITA Scholar-Athlete team. A total of 156 NCAA Division I women's tennis programs had multiple representatives on this year's ITA Scholar-Athlete team.