Seven members of the Sam Houston State University women’s tennis team earned Scholar-Athlete honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association while helping the entire Bearkat squad receive recognition as a 2018 ITA All-Academic Team. 

Seniors Carrie Casey, Clarrissa Escamilla, Fabienne Gettwart, Mila Milanovic and Khee Yen Wee, sophomore Lucine Chobanyan and freshman Sahaja Yamalapalli each were honored by the ITA as Scholar-Athletes because of their stellar performances in the classroom. The ITA announced the national honors for the Sam Houston program and other squads across the nation this weekend
 
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 were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2017 and spring 2018).
 
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).

“Our goal as a tennis team is to perform at the highest level possible both on the court and in the classroom,” Sam Houston head coach Rob Hubbard said. “Obviously these academic honors from the ITA following up our record-breaking season this spring speak to the hard work and determination of our outstanding group of young ladies.”

The 2018 Bearkats chalked up 14 dual match victories, the most ever in any of the program’s four decades of NCAA tennis competition. Sam Houston picked up valuable Commissioner’s Cup points by finishing third in the Southland Conference regular season final standings. The Kats followed up with a semi-final performance at the league’s post-season tournament.

Sam Houston’s seven players were among 38 student-athletes honored as ITA Scholar-Athletes.