TEMPE, Ariz. (July 26, 2018) â€“ Milka Genkova, Elisa Koonik, Myiah Scott and Tessa van Der Ploeg were each named ITA Scholar-Athletes for their work in the classroom, while the Cowgirl team was honored with the 2018 Intercollegiate Tennis Associationsâ€™ (ITA) All-Academic Team Award. The awards were given out by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday. In all, 735 teams and 4,328 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored.
Koonik and van Der Ploeg each finished their junior campaigns with 4.00 gpaâ€™s in marketing and management respectively while earning Academic All-Mountain West and Scholar-Athlete honors. Genkova also garnered Academic All-MW and Scholar-Athlete honors after carrying a 3.687 GPA in finance, while Scott finished her freshman campaign with a 3.571 GPA in physiology/pre-pharmacy. Both were also selected Academic All-MW and MW Scholar-Athlete. As a team, the Cowgirls earned the award with a 3.64-grade point average during the 2017-18 academic year.
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 through senior year).
Koonik finished the year 20-8 overall while van Der Pleog went 15-11 in singles action. The duo went 17-12 overall in doubles. Genkova was 23-8 overall in singles play and 15-15 followed by Scott saw action in 18 singles matches.
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 varsity letter winners were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2017 and spring 2018).
Wyoming finished the 2017-18 season 12-8 overall and 3-2 in Mountain West action.