The Lander men's and women's tennis programs were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for their academic achievements during the 2016-17 academic year on Wednesday.
Both were selected as ITA All-Academic Teams, while the Bearcats led the Peach Belt Conference with 13 ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All varsity letter winners were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2016 and spring 2017).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).
The Lander women's tennis team completed its fourth consecutive year with a record of .500 or better, while the men's team advanced to the NCAA Southeast Regional championship match for the fifth year in a row.