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Five Tennis Student-Athletes Named All-Big 12

Apr 22, 2008

IRVING, Texas - Five University of Colorado tennis student-athletes garnered the 2008 Academic All-Big 12 Tennis Team, the league office announced Tuesday. CU placed three on the first team and a pair on the second. Overall, the Buffaloes and Texas Tech tied for a Big 12-high five selections.


Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the women had 27 first team recipients and nine student-athletes on the second team.  First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.


To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of his/her team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.


CU seniors Gleisy Torres Torres and Veera Nurmi, and sophomore Camila Belassi all earned first team honors, while juniors Franziska Jendrian and Monica Milewski earned second team accolades.


 Torres Torres majoring in broadcast news with a minor in ethnic studies has garnered first team honors for three consecutive years (2007-08, 2006-07, 2005-06). The Barquisimeto, Venezuela native, is one of only six CU women's tennis players to earn three first team honors in the 12-year history of the conference.


Nurmi from Lahti, Finland is majoring in geography with a minor in Scandinavian Studies, earned her second straight first team honor (2007-08, 2006-07).


Belassi, a sophomore from Paysandu, Uruguay, garnered her first team honor and is majoring in linguistics.    


Named to the conference second team were Jendrian and Milewski. It's the second straight second team honor for Jendrian, who also made the 2006-07 team. The Rodalben, Germany native is majoring in business-accounting.


Milewski from Park Ridge, Ill, earned her first conference academic honor majoring in business.      


Up next for the CU tennis team is the conference championships Thursday-Sunday, April 24-27 at Texas A&M's George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Buffaloes will take on either No. 4 Kansas or No. 12 seed Iowa State, Friday, April 25 in a quarterfinal match beginning at 11 a.m. (MDT).