The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced the 2013 All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes and Seattle University men’s and women’s tennis was well-represented on the list. Seven individuals were named Scholar-Athletes and the women’s tennis team received All-Academic honors.

“We are extremely proud of the men’s and women’s tennis teams and seven individuals honored as a part of the ITA All-Academic team,” said Erin Engelhardt, Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support. “Both programs excelled in the classroom during the 2012-13 academic year, led by four outstanding seniors who appear on this prestigious list.”

Flavio Malagutti (Rio Claro, Brazil) and Kyle Rapp (Encinitas, Calif.), who both graduated in June, represent the men’s team as scholar-athletes. Malagutti and Rapp were doubles partners throughout the 2012-13 season, with one of their biggest wins of the year against Western New Mexico’s Matthieu Covizzi and Jorge Carretero, 8-3, on Mar. 25.

After receiving the Team Mission Award at the 2012-13 Seattle U Student-Athlete Awards Show in May, the women’s tennis team proved that they also excelled in the classroom, receiving All-Academic honors as a team. Five members of the team also received honors individually including Corinne Wurden (Poulsbo, Wash.), Lindsey Newman (Freeland, Wash.), Sarah Lucas (Las Vegas, Nev.), Kristen James (Lubbock, Texas), and Steffanie Mortera (Portland, Ore.).

For the team All-Academic award, teams had to have a 3.2 GPA or above (on a 4.0 scale) and included all eligible student-athletes named as 2013 “varsity letterwinners”. To be considered individually, student-athletes had to be varsity letterwinners, have a GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (or the equivalent on the quarter system).

The teams are set to kick off their second season in the Western Athletic Conference, with the men’s team opening the fall season at the Eastern Washington Invitational on Sept. 26-28 while the women’s team will open at the Boise State Invitational on Sept. 20-22.

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