FAIRFIELD, CT (August 14, 2013 ) - The Sacred Heart women's tennis team was honored for their academic success off the courts in 2012-13 by being named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division I All-Academic Team. In addition, six Pioneers on the women's side and two on the men's side were selected as ITA Scholar-Athletes for posting a grade point average of 3.50 or higher this past season.
The Pioneers, under head coach Mike Guastelle, were recognized by the ITA for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. Sacred Heart was joined by Fairleigh Dickinson University as the only Northeast Conference teams recognized.
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 2011 and spring 2012).
Senior Gabi Kaldan (New Brunswick, NJ) was selected for the third straight year whil both senior Maggie Tooley (Cheshire, CT) and junior Nicole Rydzewski (Maspeth, NY) earned the honor for the second-straight season. Sophomores Lindsey Post (Danbury, CT), Paige Olson (Sykesville, MD) and Katie DeRienzo (Douglaston, NY) made it for the first time.
On the men's side, sophomore Matt Dean (Newington, CT) and Jeremy Shuskus were honored by the ITA.
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).