Katelyn Chostner, Editor-in-Chief

This past school year, the University of Missouri–St. Louis men’s and women’s tennis teams earned their spots on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Academic Awards list.

The ITA oversees all men’s and women’s college tennis teams at different levels. Most of their goals involve maintaining a great athletic environment as well as keeping up with higher education.

According to ITA, one of their charter goals is, “To foster and encourage the playing of intercollegiate tennis in accordance with the highest tradition of sportsmanship and consistent with the general objectives of higher education.”

According to UMSL Athletics, the men’s tennis team had a cumulative GPA of 3.48 and the women’s tennis team had a cumulative GPA of 3.66. Both teams had a combined 11 Scholar-Athletes.

The men’s team included: Kristoffer Lindal, senior, economics and mathematics; Rob White, junior, information systems; sophomores Ben-Hur Kasprzak, business administration and Milan Kovacs, international business; Karl Heinrichs, freshman, engineering.

The women’s team included: Annie Hays, senior, sociology; juniors Salome Bleuler, psychology and business and Patricia Maya, information systems; sophomores Janet Auclair, political science and Marina Prediger, business; Leticia Lunge, freshmen, engineering.

According to ITA, “to earn a spot on the ITA Academic Awards college tennis players need to maintain a GPA of 3.20 or above.” To be an ITA Scholar-Athlete “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).”

The tennis teams have been keeping a good record with men’s overall being 12-5 and women’s being 17-6. Being recognized on the ITA Academic Award list is another major accomplishment of UMSL athletes.