Wildcats Named ITA All-Academic Team, Five Earn Scholar-Athlete Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the second straight year, K-State women’s tennis was recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as an All-Academic Team while five individual Wildcats - Iva Bago, Livia Cirnu, Palma Juhasz, Sara Castellano and Tegan Louw - were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.

The Scholar-Athlete honors were the second in the respective careers of all five Wildcats, with Castellano earning her first career award while at McNeese State during the 2013-14 season. Bago, Castellano, Cirnu and Louw each earned a 4.0 grade point average in either the fall or spring semesters while Castellano turned in a perfect grade point average in both the fall and spring.

K-State was one of three Big 12 schools named a 2015 All-Academic Team as it was joined by Oklahoma and West Virginia. In total, 146 Division I women’s teams earned the distinction.

K-State’s five ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades tied Oklahoma for the most among Big 12 schools.

Since 2004, the Wildcats have been named an ITA All-Academic Team four times while the program has 18 Scholar-Athlete selections, including 10 over the last two seasons.

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 letterwinners are factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2014 and spring 2015).

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, led by second-year head coach Danielle Steinberg, will return six players from last year’s squad. The fall slate of matches will begin in late September.