Tempe, Ariz. - July 31, 2017 - Recognized for their hard work in the classroom as well as on the courts, the Springfield College men's and women's tennis programs both earned the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic team honor following the 2016-17 season.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is given to programs with a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above. In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale).
Under the direction of head coach Chad Stoloff, this marks the second time in as many years that the Pride was recognized for its academic success. Combined with the 17 student-athletes that were honored a year ago, Stoloff has now had student-athletes produce 31 ITA All-Academic honors. Additionally, 11 student-athletes earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference recognition during the 2016-17 academic year.
Among men's tennis teams that compete in the NEWMAC, Springfield College had the most student-athletes honored with six, while for the women, the Pride was third in the conference with eight student-athletes named.
On the men's side, Kyle Beynor (Prospect, Conn.), Justin Danielewicz (Portland, Conn.), Tanner DeVarennes (Lee, Mass.), Court Honda (Marioka, Japan), Michael Marotta (Holton, Mass.) and Chris Unger (Westfield, Mass.) were all recognized.
On the women's side, Emily Etter (Guilford, Conn.), Cara Freadman (Richmond, Mass.), Addie Kendall (Lakeville, Mass.), Rebecca Link (Norwalk, Conn.), Rachel Litchfield (Northbridge, Mass.), Rachel London (Port Jefferson, N.Y.), Melissa Parrish (Reading, Mass.) and Kelsey Whelpley (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) all garnered ITA All-Academic honors.
With the 2017-18 season right around the corner, the women's team will open up with a home match against American International College on Saturday, September 16, while the men will travel to Williams College for a match with the Ephs on Wedensday, September 20.