K-State Earns Third Straight ITA All-Academic Team, Six Named Scholar-Athletes

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State tennis earned its third straight All-Academic Team honor from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for the 2015-16 academic year while six student-athletes garnered scholar-athlete distinctions, the most among Big 12 schools.

Iva Bago, Sara Castellano, Livia Cirnu and Palma Juhasz were all named ITA Scholar-Athletes for the third time in their careers while freshmen Ana Garcia Navas and Millie Stretton picked up their first honor.

This year marks the third season in a row that five or more Wildcats were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.

K-State has been named an ITA All-Academic Team eight times in program history, and it has seen 32 scholar-athlete selections, with half of those over the last three years.

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 2015 and spring 2016).

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1) be a varsity letterwinner, 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).

K-State finished the 2016 campaign with its most wins (11) in five years and reached the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championship quarterfinals for the second year in a row.