GSW tennis well-represented on ITA academic award lists

SKILLMAN, NJ – The Georgia Southwestern men's and women's tennis teams combined to place six players on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) national Scholar-Athlete list released recently for the 2010-11 academic year. In addition, the GSW women's tennis team was one of only 36 NCAA Division II schools to receive an All-Academic Team award.

Freshmen Chris Eastwood (Chester, England), Stephen Moore (Valdosta, Ga.) and Matt Vansant (Leesburg, Ga.) represented the men's program on the ITA's Scholar-Athlete list. Moore and Eastwood posted perfect 4.0 grade point averages with Vansant closely behind at 3.89. The Hurricanes led the Peach Belt Conference in male award recipients with the three Scholar-Athletes. Click here to view the entire list of ITA NCAA Division II male award winners.

On the women's side, GSW was represented by junior Brooke Anglin (Camilla, Ga.), sophomore Mollie McGowan (Americus, Ga.) and freshman Melinda Vansant (Leesburg, Ga.). McGowan, the 2010-11 GSW Female Athlete of the Year, led the group with a 3.86 GPA. Anglin posted a 3.7 and Vansant entered with a 3.55. Only Armstrong Atlantic had more award recipients (four) out of the Peach Belt than the Lady Hurricanes. Click here to view the entire list of ITA NCAA Division II female award winners.

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 thorough senior year).

Georgia Southwestern and Armstrong were the only PBC teams to receive an All-Academic Team award. 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 eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2010 and spring 2011).