The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2018 Academic Awards. In all, 735 teams and 4,328 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored. The LaGrange women earned their fifth ITA All-Academic Team award in the past six years. LC was one of four women's teams in the USA South conference to receive the honor.
Sophomore Jenna Eppes, freshman Mikayla Drake, freshman Alexandra Chenowith, senior Ali Herring, and senior Kaitlin Smith were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. It is the second time, Smith earned the honor.
"So proud of the team and these young ladies on the court and in the classroom," said Coach Matt Donnett. "They have set the bar high on both fronts for all future Panthers that come to play for us."
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 should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2017 and spring 2018).
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 through senior year).