TEMPE, Ariz. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its 2019 All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes on Thursday, with all nine members of the 2018-19 Florida Southern College women's tennis team named ITA Scholar-Athletes. In addition, Florida Southern was selected as an ITA All-Academic Team as head coach Trish Riddell's squad posted a 3.89 team grade point average this past spring. The team award is the fifth-straight for the program and eighth overall.
Seniors Selin Devrimci and Lorena Rionda earned their fourth selection as ITA Scholar-Athletes. Fellow senior Natalija Popovic and juniors Lola Asis, Gabby Hesse, Avery Hunter and Magda Stepnik earned their third consecutive ITA Scholar-Athlete nods. Senior Carolyn Cureton and freshman Minnie Kim earned the award for the first time in their collegiate career.
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 varsity letter winners are factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2018 and spring 2019).
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 two semesters (including freshman through senior year).