Aug. 15, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Seven Lamar University tennis players were honored as scholar athletes by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. In addition, the Lamar men's and women's tennis teams were both named all-academic teams by the ITA for the recently completed 2011 season.
The Lamar University women's tennis team had four players (Mariaryeni Gutierrez, Kaltrina Harbuzi, Natalia Mayagoitia and Diana Mendez) honored by the ITA. The LU men's team had three players Enrique Carrasco, Devin Harley and Carlos Valdenebro) receive ITA accolades.
In order to be a named a scholar-athlete by the ITA, students had to earn a varsity letter, have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their current school for at least two semesters.
To earn all-academic team status, teams needed to have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or better.
"I think it's great recognition for our program," Lamar men's tennis coach Scott Shankles said. "We try to emphasize being successful in academics and athletics at Lamar."
This is the first time in the 10-year history of the ITA award that the Lamar men have been honored. It marks the third time that the Lamar women's team received the accolade. The Lady Cardinals were honored in 2007 and 2010. It also marked the second time Gutierrez and Harbuzi were recognized by the ITA."
"I'm very proud of these young ladies," LU women's coach David Wong said. "Not only did they represent Lamar in a tremendous manner on the court, they achieved outstanding success in the classroom."