July 22, 2011

Women’s Tennis Earns ITA All-Academic Team Award; 7 Bears Named ITA Scholar-Athletes

PROVIDENCE, RI - For the seventh year in a row, the Brown women's tennis team has been recognized with the ITA All-Academic Team Award. Open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above, the All-Academic Team Award was awarded to 109 Division I programs. All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity match must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2010 and spring 2011).

Brown was one of six Ivy institutions to earn the Team Award, joining Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. Brown led the Ivy League with seven student-athletes earning ITA Scholar-Athlete honors. Harvard had four players recognized, while Cornell, Dartmouth, and Yale all had three student-athletes earn the individual award.

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).

Brown's individual honorees include recent graduates Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA), Ashley Butler (Charlotte, NC), and Marisa Schonfeld (Washington, DC), who was honored all four years. Rising seniors Julie Flanzer (Highland Park, IL) and Cassandra Herzberg (Miami Beach, FL), rising junior Misia Krasowski (Deerfield, IL), and rising sophomore Jessica Harrow (La Crescenta, CA) were all also recognized.

For Flanzer, it marks the thirs straight year that she has received the honor, while Herzberg was recognized for the second straight year. Aboubakare, Butler, Krasowski, and Harrow were all first-time honorees.

Pictured: Marisa Schonfeld '11, who earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status four years in a row. Photo by DSPics.net.