Cougar Tennis Team Earns ITA Academic Award

Aug. 22, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis program earned the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's All-Academic Award for the 2000-01 season.

In addition, Moniek van de Ven (Stellenbosch, South Africa) and Erica Perkins (Seattle) were named ITA Scholar Athletes.

The Cougars are one of only two Pacific-10 Conference schools (Oregon) to earn the award, given to a team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better.

WSU, which advanced to the second round of the 2001 NCAA Championships, was one of 19 schools in the field of 64 to earn the honor. The Cougars cumulative team GPA was 3.79.

To be eligible for the ITA Scholar Athlete Award, a player must be a junior or senior, earn a varsity letter and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50.

A philosophy major, van de Ven graduated cum laude last spring with a 3.68 cumulative GPA. She is tied for fifth in career singles victories with 64.

A senior to be athletically, Perkins posted a 3.92 cumulative GPA and received her bachelor's degree in history. She graduated summa cum laude in the spring and received a certificate of completion in the Honors College. Perkins will begin work on her master's this fall in education administration.

She advanced to the NCAA Singles Championship last season for the second time in her career. Her 68 singles victories rank fourth on the Cougars' all-time list.

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