SKILLMAN, N.J. – Wichita State’s men’s and women’s tennis teams earned 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Awards, the ITA announced this week. The Shocker women’s tennis team was named a 2014 ITA All-Academic Team and had three student-athletes named 2014 ITA Scholar-Athletes while the men’s tennis team had two student-athletes named 2014 ITA Scholar-Athletes.
Veronika Blaskova, Montse Blasco Fernandez and Rebecca Pedrazzi were the student-athletes from the Wichita State women’s tennis team that were named 2014 ITA Scholar-Athletes. This is the second consecutive season that all three student-athletes were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
Tomislav Gregurovic and Guillermo Nicol were the two student-athletes from the Wichita State men’s tennis team who were named 2014 ITA Scholar-Athletes. This is Gregurovic’s second time being named an ITA Scholar-Athlete as he was previously during the 2011-12 season while it is Nicol’s first time.
The 2013-14 season marks the second straight season that the Shocker women’s tennis team earned ITA All-Academic Team honors, and the third time in the last six seasons. Before the 2012-13 season, the Shocker women earned ITA All-Academic Team honors during the 2008-09 season.
Wichita State’s women’s tennis team finished the 2013-14 season at 19-7 and won the Missouri Valley Conference championship for the sixth year in a row. The Shockers were a combined 8-0 in Valley play, including a 6-0 mark in the regular season and 2-0 in the conference tournament.
The Shocker women’s tennis team was ranked nationally for the first time during the 2013-14 season going into their February 16 matchup against then No. 72 Missouri and remained ranked for the rest of the season. Their highest ranking was No. 32 going into their matchup with then No. 58 Kansas State on March 8. Wichita State finished the season ranked No. 57 nationally and No. 4 in the Central Region.
Blaskova was 16-4 overall in singles play and was 14-4 in the spring. She was 8-0 out of the No. 6 singles spot, and was 5-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play. Blaskova’s undefeated conference record earned her a 2014 MVC All-First Team selection at No. 6 singles. During doubles play, Blaskova was 18-12 overall.
Blasco Fernandez was 24-10 overall during singles play, including a 14-7 spring record. She was 7-4 out of the No. 5 singles slot, and was named to the 2014 Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete First Team as well as a recipient of the 2014 MVC Leadership and Service Spring Award. In doubles play, Blasco Fernandez was 26-8.
Pedrazzi was 25-9 overall during singles play and 17-7 in the spring, including a 15-5 mark from No. 2 singles. Due to Pedrazzi’s 6-0 MVC singles record, she was named to the 2014 All-First Team at No. 2 singles. Also, she was named to the 2014 Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention Team.
The doubles team of Blasco Fernandez/Pedrazzi finished the 2013-14 season ranked No. 8 in the ITA’s Central Region Rankings.
Gregurovic was 18-8 this past season in singles while 15-4 in dual-match play, including a 12-4 mark from No. 3 singles. He was also 15-10 overall in doubles play.
Nicol was 14-10 overall in singles action and 11-8 in the spring, including a 6-5 mark from No. 4 singles. In doubles play, he was 14-8.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, or CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).
About the ITA Awards Program:
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of varsity collegiate tennis players. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches and 20,000 student-athletes from over 1,200 institutions, has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership, sportsmanship and athletic performance. The ITA annually recognizes over 3,000 student-athletes on an individual and team basis from over 500 different varsity tennis programs. For more information on the ITA Awards program, please visit www.itatennis.com.