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Yale Named ITA All-Academic Team for Sixth Straight Year

Elizabeth Epstein. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Elizabeth Epstein. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Epstein, Guzick and Hamilton Receive ITA Scholar-Athlete Honors

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The final set of awards from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for the 2012-13 season further solidified the status of the Yale women's tennis team as a powerhouse in the academic sphere.  For the sixth year in a row, the squad received distinction as an ITA All-Academic Team, while three players earned recognition as ITA Scholar-Athletes. 

This week's announcement marks yet another highlight of the squad's 2012-13 season, which included a third straight run to the Ivy League title and an appearance at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament.  Yale is one of only three Ivy League schools to earn All-Academic Team honors this season, along with Dartmouth and Penn.

In addition to the team's collective success, three players were individually recognized as ITA Scholar-Athletes for their success in the classroom.  Recent Yale alumnus Elizabeth Epstein added the distinction of ITA Scholar-Athlete to an array of distinctions she received this season, including the prestigious Nellie Pratt Elliot award and a selection to first-team All-Ivy in singles.  Fellow alumnus Sarah Guzick earned the ITA Scholar-Athlete Award for a second straight year, while rising sophomore Madeleine Hamilton received this honor at her first opportunity.

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).  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).

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity