ITA All-Academic Team & Scholar-Athletes
The Sacramento State women's tennis team and five of its players have earned academic awards from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
As a team, the Hornets earned the ITA All-Academic Team award, available to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale) during the 2017-18 academic year. The Hornets earned the team award for the seventh time in the last eight years and had five individuals, all of whom posted GPAs above a 3.40 during the 2017-18 academic year, named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
As a team, the Hornets currently have a 3.562 cumulative grade point average, the highest of any of the 21 sports on campus. The team posted a 3.465 GPA during the 2017-18 academic year.
Individually, senior Ana Loaiza Esquivias, junior Sofi Wicker, sophomores Carolina Chernyetsky and Sonya Gulnova, and freshman Frana Ugarkovic were each named ITA Scholar-Athletes. All five players started in both the singles and double slineup over the course of the season. Loaiza Equivias, the team's only senior, capped her strong Hornet career with a 16-6 overall record and an all-Big Sky Conference first team selection.
The ITA Scholar-Athlete honor was the fourth for Loaiza Esquivias while Wicker is now a three-time recipient. It is the first award for Chernyetsky, Gulnova, and Ugarkovic.
To earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1) be a varsity letter winner, 2) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).
For more information on ITA Scholar-Athlete honors, visit ITAtennis.com.