Cougars Named to ITA All-Academic Team

PROVO -- The Intercollegiate Tennis Association named BYU's women's tennis team to the ITA All-Academic Team for the 2001-02 season.

The All-Academic Team award is given annually to those tennis teams across the nation that have a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more matches are averaged into the cumulative grade point average.

Head coach Craig Manning said he is not surprised his team received the honor from the ITA.

"We have a lot of smart girls on our team," said Manning. "They work really hard to be successful both on the court and in the classroom and the hard work has really paid off."

The ITA All-Academic Team award is not the first academic award the women's tennis team has received this year. Brooke Beverley, Lindsay Ferrell, Elizaveta Khoudoiarova and Domonique Reynolds were all named to the Mountain West Academic All-Conference team earlier this year.

Acording to Manning, college tennis can be very time consuming. He said he doesn't know of any other sport on campus, besides baseball and softball, that misses as much school as the tennis teams do, so receiving the ITA All-Academic honor is quite significant.

"We do many things to assure that the girls stay up on their studies," he said. "I try to set up the schedule so that not too many days are missed. Plus, when we are on the road, we always set time aside for the girls to study and keep caught up."