For the fourth straight year, the Texas A&M-Kingsville women's tennis program took home the ITA All-Academic team award for the 2017-18 season, in a release from the association on Tuesday.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All varsity letter winners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including Fall 2017 and Spring 2018).
In addition to the team award, seven members of the program were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for their classroom performance. Freshman Mariana Correa (Vitoria, Brazil), sophomore Viviana Ortiz (Guayaquil, Ecuador), junior Phonephathep Philavong (Vientiane, Laos), sophomore Julia Rauer (Sasbach, Germany), sophomore Victoria Romanovskaia (Simferopol, Crimea), sophomore Valerie Ruiz (San Antonio, Texas) and senior Martina Urrutia (Madrid, Spain) all took home the honor.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: be a varsity letter winner, have a GPA of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).
The Javelinas have taken home the team award for all four years' of head coach Autumn Williams' tenure, with at least five members earning Scholar-Athlete status in each iteration.