SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Monmouth University women’s team earned 2013 All-Academic Team honors by The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), the organization recently announced. In addition, recent graduate Dana Ferrari (Saddle Brook, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) and rising junior Sarah Turner (Alexandria, Va./Thomas A. Edison) were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
This marks the fifth time in the last eight years the Hawks have earned the academic honor. 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. The Hawks ended the spring semester with a team 3.33 GPA.
"We are pleased with the consistent high academic achievement of our women's tennis players at Monmouth," stated head coach Patrice Murray. "It is a tribute to their fine work that they have been recognized on a national level."
Ferrari, who graduated this past May with a degree in education, posted a 3.72 GPA last academic year. The Saddle Brook, New Jersey native scored six victories at No. 4 singles last season, including three wins in league play, while also posting six total wins in doubles action. Turner, a business finance major, registered a pair of victories at No. 5 singles for the Blue and White. Turner, one of five returning letterwinners for the Hawks, posted a 3.93 GPA last season.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
Earlier this summer, the women’s tennis squad was one 61 teams across the nation to earn the NCAA Public Recognition Award for the eighth-straight season for its academic success.
The Hawks will begin their first season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) this fall. Check back to www.GoMUHawks.com for the full schedule.