Big Rapids, Mich. - Both the Ferris State University men's and women's tennis teams along with a total of 11 student-athletes have earned recognition for their athletic and academic performance by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
This week, the ITA announced its 2020 All-Academic Teams and Scholar Athletes. Overall, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) earned 37 scholar-athlete mentions and had seven all-academic programs.
A total of three league schools had both its men's and women's teams earned All-Academic Team status, including Ferris State. Both the Bulldog men's and women's programs earned the distinction and were joined by Grand Valley State and Wayne State with both squads represented.
Additionally, FSU's 11 Scholar-Athletes matched Wayne State for the most in the league.
The Bulldogs' female Scholar-Athletes included Brittany Lavenant, Sam Stephenson, Isabela Paixao, Agata Klak, Madelyn Groulx and Morgan Waller. The men's honorees were Mathis Guerre, Andrew Swirzcek, Pablo Munoz Baroja, Josh McDermott and Cedric Rupa.
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 (on a 4.00 scale). All varsity letter winners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2019 and spring 2020).
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 (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).