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WCU Women's Tennis Racks Up Academic Honors from the ITA

Stacia Kissell played No. 1 singles for the Catamounts in 2012-13.

Aug 14, 2013

Cullowhee, N.C. - All six members of the Western Carolina women's tennis team were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as Scholar-Athletes, and the team was recognized as an All-Academic Team from the organization.

Freshman Shannon Bettiol, Senior Karen Jimenez, Freshman Stacia Kissell, Freshman Erin Maguire, Freshman Nicole Nielly and Freshman Sara Ruiz Pajares were all named ITA Scholar-Athletes.

In order 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 thorough senior year).

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 eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2012 and spring 2013).

Five other schools from the Southern Conference joined WCU on the ITA All-Academic Team list: Chattanooga, Davidson, Elon, Georgia Southern and Wofford. However, the Catamounts were the only SoCon school to have every member of the team individually recognized.

It is the fifth time the team has been honored since 2002, and the six individuals is a record number of Scholar-Athletes for the Catamounts.



WCU's All-Time ITA Honorees:

2003 - Kristin Cotton

2004 - Kristin Cotton and Rocio Perez

2005 (5) - Kristin Cotton-Ikard, Trish Hanson, Ashley Harris, Sara Ryckman and Susanna Sjokvist

2006 - Trish Hanson and Susanna Sjokvist

2007 - Trish Hanson and Susanna Sjokvist

2008 - Trish Hanson and Susanna Sjokvist

2013 (6) - Shannon Bettiol, Karen Jiminez, Stacia Kissell, Erin Maguire, Nicole Nielly and Sara Ruiz Pajares

Team Recipient Years:






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