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Courtesy: WMU

Broncos Earn ITA All-Academic Honors

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 08/01/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team continued an unprecedented run of academic tradition, as the team earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team honors for the 17th consecutive year. In addition, five individuals earned ITA All-Academic honors, more than any other Mid-American Conference program.

Graduated senior Rachel Denny, rising seniors Jill Pastunink and Maggie Remynse, rising junior Nini Sujashvili, and rising sophomore Caroline Aleck were all recognized in the ITA release, matching the Broncos' mark of five honorees in 2011. The individual awards are given to players who have completed at least two semesters at their academic institution while maintaining at least a 3.50 GPA for the academic year. Of the five players, three of them - Aleck, Denny, and Sujashvili - achieved perfect 4.0 GPA's in 2011-12.

Denny leaves Western Michigan having earned ITA All-Academic honors in all four years of her collegiate career, and Pastunink is on the same pace, having earned the recognition in all three of her collegiate seasons to date. Sujashvili was named to the team for the second time in her career, while Remynse and Aleck were each honored for the first time.

The Broncos have always featured strong students as well as athletes, a fact that is reflected in the number of times WMU has been honored with the ITA All-Academic Team award. The Broncos have earned the award in every season since its inception, taking their first in 1996 and continuing to the 2012 season. To receive the team award, the entire team must maintain a GPA of at least 3.20 for the duration of the academic year.