Pioneer Tennis Teams Honored for Academic Success by the ITA

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart men's and women's tennis programs were honored for their academic success in 2009-10 by earning Intercollegiate Tennis Association being named Division I All-Academic Teams.  Nine Pioneers in total were selected as ITA Scholar-Athletes in addition for posting a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

The Pioneer women's team earned ITA All-Academic Team honors for the the ninth-straight season under head coach Mike Guastelle.  As a team, the Pioneers posted a team GPA of 3.535 during last season.  The Pioneers and Monmouth University were the only schools from the Northeast Conference honored.  For the first time in program history, the SHU men's program attained All-Academic honors.  Under head coach Paul Gagliardi, the Pioneers posted a team GPA of 3.335 in 2009-10.  The SHU men were the only team from the Northeast Conference honored by the ITA.

Six Sacred Heart women's players attained Scholar-Athlete status with the ITA.  Three recent graduates led the way with Julianne Kasinow closing out her career as a four-time honoree.  Ashley Amalfe earned the honor for the third time and Lindsay Scierka was a two-time award winner over her career.  Senior Elizabeth Harrington earned recognition for the third-straight season and junior Delaney Downing was honored for the second-straight season.  Rebecca McMullin rounded out the Pioneer's six winner for last season.

On the men's side, seniors Chris Ujkic, Jinal Shah and Cole Conrad all earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.  Both Ujkic and Shah are three-time honorees while Conrad earned a place on the list for the first time in his career.

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 2009 and spring 2010).

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).