Women's Tennis recognized by ITA

GO CARDINALS <b>Katya Lapayeva</b>
Katya Lapayeva

July 15, 2014

SKILLMAN, N.J. – Lamar women’s tennis enjoyed a strong season in the classroom this past season, and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association took notice, as the team was awarded an All-Academic designation.

“I’m very proud of the team,” head coach David Wong said. “They put in a lot of time out of the classroom, and it’s nice to see them get rewarded for it.”

This marked the first time the team has been honored by the ITA since taking home honors in back-to-back years in 2011 and 2010. Overall, LU is one of five schools in the Southland Conference to be recognized as such.

Individually, four Lady Cards earned accolades, beginning with senior Alicia Porte, who graduated this past spring with a degree in accounting. Joining her on the list was the freshman trio of Nadiya Kulibaba, Katya Lapayeva and Anna Spengler. Lapayeva, a native of Belarus, was LU’s wins leader over the spring with 13, and Germany product Spengler was tied for second with eight. The duo combined for a team-best six doubles victories.

The ITA annually awards its All-Academic honors to teams that boast of a grade point average of 3.20 or better. In order to take home a spot on the individual list, a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.50 GPA.




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