UMSL women's tennis player Chandler Duchaine

Chandler Duchaine, a freshman on the UMSL women’s tennis team, serves during a match against Missouri Baptist University. Duchaine was one of five UMSL tennis players to be named ITA Scholar-Athletes. (Photo by Danny Reise)

The 2012-13 University of Missouri–St. Louis men’s and women’s tennis teams have been honored for excellence in the classroom by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Both teams were awarded the ITA All-Academic Team, while five Tritons were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is given to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale). All student-athletes who are NCAA eligible and have appeared in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the academic year, which included the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters.

The women’s team earned a cumulative GPA of 3.391, while the men posted a 3.252.

Individually, the women’s squad was represented by senior Louisa Werner and freshmen Natalia Vaz de Carvalhais and Chandler Duchaine. Junior Tim Gorter and sophomore Harry Heyburn represented the honorees on the men’s side.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: be a varsity letter winner; 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 thorough senior year).

Mary Ann Mitchell

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