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Tennis team gains prestigious academic recognition

August 13, 2010

Colorado State's tennis team has received several prestigious national academic honors, the International Tennis Association, or ITA, announced recently.

Excel in academics, on the court

Three student-athletes earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status, Tori Arneson, Melissa Holzinger and Laura Neal. What’s more, the Rams as a team are one of only 33 Division I programs in the nation to receive the ITA’s team academic recognition.

Neal (at right), the Rams’ No. 1 singles player in 2009-2010, graduated this past spring with a 4.000 grade-point average and a degree in health & exercise science. She enrolled over the summer in graduate school, pursuing a master’s degree in physical therapy.

Arneson, who will be a junior this season, competed all of 2009-2010 as CSU’s No. 2 singles player. Also a health & exercise science major, she has a 3.726 GPA.

Holzinger in her first season with the CSU program last year led the team in winning percentage (16-10) as a lower-lineup singles player. A human development & family studies major, she enters her final year of college eligibility with a 3.888 GPA.

Team earned cumulative 3.353 GPA

The Rams as a team completed the 2009-2010 academic year with a cumulative 3.353 GPA. The team award goes to any ITA program that has a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or above. All ITA Scholar-Athletes must be a varsity letterwinner, have a GPA of at least 3.5 and have been enrolled at their current school for at least two semesters.

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