TEMPE, Ariz. – For the fourth straight year, the Cleveland State women's tennis team has been honored for their academic success, as the Vikings were named an ITA All-Academic Team, while a trio of players also picked up ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades.
As a team, the Vikings posted a grade point average of 3.414 for the 2016-17 academic year, earning ITA All-Academic Team honors for the 11th time under head coach Brian Etzkin. Cleveland State was one of five Horizon League teams to pick up ITA All-Academic Team honors, joining IUPUI, Oakland, Wright State and Youngstown State.
"Victoria, Blanche and Jana all did a great job on the court and in the classroom this season, but it's even better to earn a team honor for our academic performance," Etzkin said. "We always put a big emphasis on academics and to see the hard work pay off for the entire team is wonderful. This was definitely a special team, and to see them all succeeding on and off the court means a lot to me as a coach."
Bensimon, who was Cleveland State's nominee for the Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Spring award, picked up ITA Scholar-Athlete honors for the third time in her Cleveland State career after posting a 3.70 GPA for the 2016-17 academic year. In May, Bensimon graduated with a degree in psychology and health sciences, finishing her undergraduate career with a 3.54 cumulative GPA.
Schober also picked up her third ITA Scholar-Athlete honor, earning the accolade every year of her Cleveland State career. For the 2016-17 academic year, Schober posted a 3.78 GPA while pursuing a degree in operations and supply chain management.
Playing in her first season of collegiate tennis, Lenoan posted the team's highest grade point average for the 2016-17 academic year, earning a 3.82 GPA in civil engineering.
This marks the fifth straight season that the Vikings have had at least three student-athletes earn ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades and the 10th season overall during Etzkin's tenure.
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 for the current academic year, and 3) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above for the current academic year.