K-State Places 5 on Academic All-Big 12 Teams

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State women's tennis placed a league-high five student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Teams in an announcement by the league office on Tuesday.

The five honorees for the Wildcats were: senior Amina St. Hill and sophomores Iva Bago, Livia Cirnu, Palma Juhasz and Maria Panaite. The five recipients this season each earned the honor for the first time in their career. Bago, Cirnu and Juhasz earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors, while Panaite and St. Hill garnered Academic All-Big 12 Second Team honors.

In the history of the Big 12, K-State women's tennis has had 22 student-athletes earn 42 first team selections and nine student-athletes earn 11 second team citations. The five honorees marks the most in a single season in program history.

Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the women's tennis academic all-league team consisted of 25 first team members and six on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

Kansas State enters the 2015 Big 12 Women's Tennis Championships as a number nine seed and will face number eight seed Iowa State in the first round on Thursday in Waco, Texas, at 10 a.m. Live results will be available at www.kstatesports.com and at www.big12sports.com. Also updates will be provided on the K-State Athletics Twitter account, @kstate_gameday.