Women’s Tennis Named ITA All-Academic Team
Five Colonials Named ITA Scholar-Athletes
TEMPE, Ariz. – The George Washington women’s tennis squad has earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team recognition for the 2016-17 season. Additionally, rising juniors Maria Siopacha, Victoria Kogan and Sara Grubac, rising senior Marie-Louise Decamps, and recent graduate Allison Hansen achieved ITA Scholar-Athlete Status.
The Colonials earn ITA Academic Team honors for the sixth consecutive season and were named GW’s Female Academic Team of the Year for the second year in a row at the sixth annual Georgey Awards after posting a team GPA of 3.61 during the 2016-17 academic year.
“I'm really proud of the girls for taking academics so seriously and making it their No. 1 priority,” said head coach Torrie Browning. “They're all very smart girls and put in the work time and time again. This accolade is just a reflection of their hard work and commitment to excellence.”
The All-Academic Team award is presented to any ITA program that has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or above. Individually, student-athletes must have a GPA of at least 3.50 for the academic year to qualify for the Scholar-Athlete award.
In her first season at GW, Siopacha excelled in both the classroom and on the court. The business administration major was a Fall 2016 GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List member, named her Team’s MVP, and was an Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference selection. The Limassol, Cyprus, native led GW with an overall 23-11 singles record, playing exclusively at the No. 1 solo position, and led the squad with a 16-13 doubles record, going 11-8 in dual match play.
Kogan earns the ITA Scholar-Athlete nod for the second consecutive season after landing on the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and GW Athletics Academic Dean’s list in all her semesters at GW. The Biomedical Engineering major tallied an overall 9-9 singles record with a 3-2 mark playing at the Nos. 5-6 spots.
A 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, Grubac was named to both the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List for Fall 2016. Although she spent the season battling an injury, she went on to post an overall 8-8 singles record with a 6-6 mark in the spring.
An A-10 All-Academic Team honoree for the second year in a row, Decamps ranked second on the team in singles wins with an overall 18-15 record competing at the Nos. 2-3 spots for GW. The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native, landed on the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List and the Fall 2016 A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll this year. The ITA Scholar-Athlete nod marks the third of Decamps’ career.
Hansen graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Earning a spot on both the GW Athletics Academics Deans List and A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for Fall 2016, the Champaign, Illinois, native owned a 3-2 doubles record against A-10 foes in the spring. Hansen earns ITA Scholar-Athlete distinction for the fourth time in her career.
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