Rick Yeatts

Mean Green Named ITA All-Academic

Kononova, Sasaki, Surapaneni, Tranberg Named Scholar-Athletes

TEMPE, Arizona – For the 12th straight year, the North Texas tennis team has been named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association's All-Academic Team.

In addition to the team award, senior Maria Kononova, junior Haruka Sasaki and sophomores Nidhi Surapaneni and Sille Tranberg were named a 2018 ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete for having a 3.50 grade point average or higher.

"The North Texas women's tennis program has a deeply rooted history of performing well academically," said senior associate athletic director for academic services Ray Walls. "The 2017-18 academic year was no different as they continued their success in the classroom. Every member posted above a 3.0 semester G.P.A. We are proud of them for their example and for their desire to excel both on and off of the court. They represent what it means to be a Mean Green student-athlete."

Since Lama took over the program in 2006, the Mean Green have been named to the ITA All-Academic team every year and have gotten better in the classroom each year. Over the past five years, the program has averaged a 3.52 G.P.A. and had student-athletes graduate summa cum laude.

This is the second year in a row Kononova has been named an ITA Scholar-Athlete and the third year for Sasaki.

In May, North Texas was recognized with one of the highest academic honors when the team's NCAA Academic Progress Rate score fell inside the top 10 percent of all schools nationally. It was the third-year in a row the Mean Green tennis program had been recognized for its outstanding APR score and the fourth time in the last seven years.

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