July 16, 2012

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

PROVIDENCE, RI – For the eighth 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 2011 and spring 2012).

Brown was one of six Ivy institutions to earn the Team Award, joining Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale. Brown and Penn led the Ivy League, each with seven student-athletes earning ITA Scholar-Athlete honors. Harvard and Yale both had five recognized, while Dartmouth 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 two semesters (including freshman through senior year).

Brown's individual honorees include recent graduates Carissa Aboubakare (Orange, CA), Cassandra Herzberg (Miami Beach, FL), Jennifer Lee (Sudbury, MA), and Julie Flanzer (Highland Park, IL). Rising senior Misia Krasowski (Deerfield, IL), rising junior Ariel Caldwell (Atlanta, GA), and rising sophomore Emily Gelber (Scarsdale, NY) were also recognized.

For Flanzer, it marked the fourth straight year she earned the honor, while Herzberg was recognized for the third straight year and Lee earned the honor for the third time in hear career. Aboubakare and Krasowski were both honored for the second straight year, while Caldwell and Gelber are first-time honorees.