UW Tennis Players Receive ITA Scholar-Athlete Honors

July 20, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Sophomore Veronica Popovici and former Cowgirl Carly Van Hollen were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for their work in the classroom, while the team was honored with the 2010-11 Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) All-Academic Team Award. The awards were given out by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Popovici earned Academic All-Mountain West and Scholar Athlete honors with a 4.0 grade point average in family and consumer science, while Van Hollen earned Academic All-Mountain West and Scholar Athlete honors for the fourth time in her career. She graduated in May with a degree in communication and a 3.62 gpa.

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. 3) Have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).

After a solid freshman campaign, Popovici had an overall record of 28-9 for the year, which led to her selection on the All-Mountain West Conference Team and ranked sixth in the Mountain Region. Van Hollen finished her senior season with 16-12 singles record and a 21-10 mark in doubles action.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA 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/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 2010 and spring 2011).

Wyoming finished the 2010-11 season 14-9 overall and 3-5 in Mountain West Conference play. The 14 wins tied for the most wins in school history which was set last season. It also marked the first in the programs history the Cowgirls had back to back winning seasons.