Aug 15, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Veronica Popovici, Maddy Graham and former Cowgirl Alexandra Kovacs were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for their work in the classroom, while the team was honored with the 2012-13 Intercollegiate Tennis Associations' (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. Graham was named a MW Scholar-Athlete after carrying a 4.0 gpa in speech language and hearing science while Kovacs had a 3.50 gpa for the year in finance. She will graduate in December with her degree. As a team, the Cowgirls earned the honor with a 3.346 grade point average during the 2012-13 academic year.
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).
Popovici had an overall record of 17-14 for the year and was ranked ninth in the Mountain Region, which led to her selection on the All-Mountain West Team for the third year in a row. She also went 25-8 in doubles action with Simona Synkova on their way to earning All-MW honors. Kovacs finished her senior year with a 19-11 mark and 7-1 in league action along with a 17-13 doubles record. Graham has been a part of the Cowgirl program for the last two seasons.
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 2012 and spring 2013).
Wyoming finished the 2012-13 season 11-12 overall and 4-4 in Mountain West action. With those 11 wins, the Cowgirls have reached double-figures in victories the past four years in a row.