Mississippi State Tennis Teams Earn ITA Academic Awards
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State men's and women's tennis teams have earned both team and individual academic honors awarded by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the 2011-12 season.
The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs each earned the ITA All-Academic Team award by meeting the required 3.20 grade point average for the past academic year. The Bulldogs recorded an impressive 3.43 team GPA to earn the laurel for the 11th time in school history while the Lady Bulldogs posted a remarkable 3.39 team GPA to garner the ITA award for the 15th time.
Individually, four members of the MSU men's team were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for 2011-12 while three Lady Bulldogs were honored. To qualify, a player must hold a 3.50 GPA for the year, be a varsity letterwinner, and have been enrolled at least two semesters at their present school.
On the men's side, graduating seniors Louis Cant, George Coupland and Artem Ilyushin earned the honor. Cant posted a perfect 4.00 GPA this past year as a Kinesiology major while Coupland had a 3.54 GPA in the same field of study. Ilyushin notched a 3.81 GPA in Business Administration. Sophomore Malte Stropp joined that trio with a flawless 4.00, also in Business Administration.
For the Lady Bulldogs, Roseline Dion, Petra Ferancova and Alexandra Perper earned the Scholar-Athlete honor. Dion and Perper both had perfect 4.00 GPA marks while majoring in Kinesiology and Business Administration, respectively. Ferancova followed closely with a stellar 3.73 mark in Finance.