Women's Tennis Named ITA All-Academic Team; Five Players Named Scholar-Athletes
Friday, July 27, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Women's Tennis Named ITA All-Academic Team; Five Players Named Scholar-Athletes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s tennis program was named an All-Academic team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) earlier this week, as Madeleine Brooks, Hannah Gamage, Kateryna Kandyba, Kateryna Popova and Thabile Tshatedi were each named ITA Scholar-Athletes.

The five scholar-athlete selections are the most in a single season in program history. 

“As a program we place a tremendous emphasis on academics and the importance of balancing academic expectations with the demands of college tennis,” Lipscomb head coach Jamie Aid said. “I am very proud of our girls for the hard work they continue to put in both on and off the court.

“Over the years the girls have developed a culture of being exceptional student-athletes.”

After posting an impressive 3.65 cumulative team grade, Lipscomb has now earned an ITA All-Academic Team honor in each of the last four seasons. 

Brooks earned her first ITA honor with a 3.63 GPA in the classroom as a sophomore. On the court, she earned a spot on the All-ASUN second team with a 7-11 mark in singles.  Brooks and Popova also teamed up to go 7-6 in doubles, earning them the No. 2 doubles team in the league at the postseason banquet. 

After suffering a season-ending injury following just three matches as a senior, Gamage put in the work in the classroom and carried a 3.67 GPA in Mathematics. 

Kandyba closed out her redshirt sophomore campaign with a 3.7 GPA while majoring in Finance. The ITA honor is the second of her career after earning the same distinction following the 2015-16 season.   

Tshatedi also picked up her second career ITA Academic honor after posting a 3.83 in Human Resources. 

Playing in the top two slots of the lineup all of her first season on campus, Popova earned a 3.89 GPA. She was first team All-ASUN and was named the ASUN’s Freshman of the Year after going 17-2 in singles. 

To qualify as an ITA All-Academic Team the players have to have at least a cumulative team GPA of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.

ITA Scholar-Athletes have to be a varsity letter winner, have a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for the current academic year and have been enrolled at the school for at least two semesters.

In all, 735 teams and 4,328 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored.