Bulldogs Win Multiple ITA Academic Awards

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Sarah Lederhandler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's tennis team earned ITA All-Academic Team recognition and had four individuals named ITA Scholar Athletes for the 2009-10 season: Lindsay Clark (Bernardsville, N.J.), Silia DeFilippis (Short Hills, N.J.), Sarah Lederhandler (Miami, Fla.) and Stevi Petrelli (Harrison, N.Y.).

Yale was one of three Ivy League teams to earn All-Academic Team honors. The Bulldogs finished the season ranked No. 44 in the country after posting a 16-6 record (5-2 Ivy League) in the spring. They won the ECAC Championships and peaked at a ranking of No. 24, the highest in school history. Yale beat six ranked opponents during the season.

This is the second major academic honor of the year for Lederhandler, who was Yale's 2009-10 captain. She was also an Academic All-Ivy League selection in the fall.

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 eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2009 and spring 2010).

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 thorough senior year).

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity