PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's tennis team had four student-athletes earn 2016 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete status. In addition, the team was tabbed as a 2016 ITA All-Academic Team.
In order to be named a 2016 ITA All-Academic Team, the team must have a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 during the 2015-16 academic year. To earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better (on a 4.00 scale), and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
Zach Elbin's Rams recorded a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.539 during the academic year, the second-highest GPA in the entire athletics department. The team is receiving the ITA All-Academic Team award for the third straight year.
Emily Chung (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) and Mariana Sampaio (Brusque, Brazil/Colegio Consul Carlos Renaux) were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for the third consecutive season. Sampaio rattled off a career-high nine singles victories—the second most on the team—during the year, five coming at No. 5. Chung scored six singles wins, including a 4-0 mark in the No. 4 flight.
Carly Ragan (Lanoka Harbor, N.J./Lacey Twp.) is a two-time honoree and had one singles win during the season.
As a doubles unit, Sampaio and Ragan were 3-1 at No. 3.
Chung, Sampaio, and Ragan all represented Philadelphia University on the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Fall All-Academic Team.
The fourth Ram to be recognized by the ITA is Usha Baublitz (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock), a first-time honoree. She had six victories in her first season with the team.