Aug 14, 2013
HOUSTON - For the second year in a row and fifth time over the last 10 seasons, the University of Houston women's tennis team has garnered Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team honors while four student-athletes also earned prestigious individual honors.
The ITA All-Academic Team honor is awarded to programs that have a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All 10 student-athletes on the Houston roster earned at least a 3.0 GPA last season.
Celia Fraser, Jo Garvey, Bryony Hunter and Liselot Koenen were all tabbed ITA Scholar Athletes, which is awarded to student-athletes who earn at least a 3.5 GPA. Fraser, a rising senior from Birmingham, U.K., earned the honor for the second year in a row following her first-career Conference USA All-Academic Team accolade earlier this year.
"I'm proud of the team for their continued excellence in the classroom," head coach Patrick Sullivan said, "and am very thankful for (academic advisor) Helen Gore-Laird and all of the great people in the Academic Center for Excellence that give all of our student-athletes such outstanding support and put them in a position to succeed in life after tennis."
"The UH women's tennis team has a strong tradition of hard work on the court and in the classroom," said academic advisor Dr. Helen Gore-Laird. "So, it is not unusual to have our young ladies achieve such high academic honors. Celia, Jo, Bryony, and Liselot are examples of the type of extraordinary scholarly work our tennis team achieves. While the coaching staff and I maintain high standards for academic expectations, it is the young ladies determination, attitude, and hard work that earns them high academic honors year after year."
The ITA All-Academic Team honor is the latest in a long line for the Cougars, as the team posted its highest-ever cumulative GPA (3.41) following a spring semester while earning the NCAA's Public Recognition Award in June, which honors programs with high Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.
The Cougars officially kick off the 2013-14 season on Sept. 20 when Houston will have split squads compete at the Little Rock Invitational in Little Rock, Ark., and the Islander Open in Corpus Christi, Texas.