TCU Men, Women Receive ITA All-Academic Team Award; Now just need a coach

The TCU men’s tennis team was honored with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) All-Academic Team Award Monday. In addition to the team milestone, three Horned Frogs were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for standout work in the classroom.

TCU received the ITA’s All-Academic Team Award for the second straight year, and only the second time in program history, after exceeding the minimum cumulative team grade-point average requirement of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) during the fall 2009 and spring 2010 semesters. All eligible student-athletes who competed in at least one varsity match during the academic year factored into the team GPA figure.

Leading TCU’s academic efforts were three student-athletes named ITA Scholar-Athletes for the second consecutive year in Kelubia Mabatah, Cameron Nash and Zach Nichols. The honor was awarded to only those players who posted a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 over the two semesters while earning a varsity letter.

Each of the three Frogs are accomplished scholar-athletes, having also been honored by the Mountain West Conference earlier this summer with academic honors. Nash added the prestigious Clark Scholarship to his resume in the spring, an honor given to only three TCU students each year.

Four members of the TCU women’s tennis squad were named 2010 ITA Scholar-Athletes, the ITA announced Monday.

Maria Babanova, Gaby Mastromarino, Shalini Sahoo and Katariina Touhimaa all earned the distinction for the first time in their Frog careers.

Babanova and Touhimaa will be seniors when the semester commences on Aug. 23, while Mastromarino and Sahoo will be juniors.

In addition to the ITA Scholar-Athlete honor, Babanova, Matromarino and Touhimaa were named to the Academic All-Mountain West Conference team in the spring.

To be named an ITA Scholar-Athlete, the athlete must be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 and have been enrolled at the current school for at least two semesters.

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