TEMPE, Ariz. – The Cleveland State women's tennis team continued its success in the classroom during the 2018-19 academic year, as the Vikings picked up their sixth straight ITA All-Academic Team honor, while four individuals were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
As a team, the Vikings posted a grade point average of 3.383 for the 2018-19 academic year, earning ITA All-Academic Team honors for the 13th time over the last 17 seasons. Cleveland State was one of eight Horizon League teams to pick up the honor this year.
Individually, Blanche Lenoan and Kateryna Avram both earned their third straight ITA Scholar-Athlete honor, while Klara Mrcela and Lara Prosenjak picked up their first ITA Scholar-Athlete accolade. All four Vikings earned a spot on the Cleveland State Dean's List during both semesters of the 2018-19 academic year, and picked up CSU Athletic Academic honors.
On the court, this quartet led the Vikings to one of their best seasons in recent history, finishing as Horizon League Regular Season Co-Champions and advancing to the championship match of the #HLWTEN Tournament. Under first-year head coach Frank Polito, the Vikings finished the year with a 16-9 overall record, including an 8-1 mark against league opponents in regular season play.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1) be a varsity letter winner, 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 ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above.