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Women’s Tennis Team Receives ITA All-Academic Award - Individuals Receive Scholar-Athlete Honors

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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ITA Division III Women's Academic Awards

For the third consecutive year, the Calvin women’s tennis team has received the ITA All-Academic Award. All three awards have come under current head coach Jerry Bergsma.

In order to receive the award, a team needed to maintain a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above for the 2009-10 academic year. The Calvin women’s tennis team posted a team grade point average of 3.422 during the 2009-10 academic year.

In addition seven members of the Calvin women’s tennis team have received ITA Scholar-Athlete academic honors for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above during the 2009-10 academic year. The seven individuals from Calvin are freshmen Janelle Steenstra (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) and Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), juniors Michelle Busscher (Whitehall/Western Michigan Christian HS), Melissa Oosterhouse (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Kaitlin Spoelhof (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and recently graduated seniors Rachel DeGroot (Lombard, IL/Timothy Christian HS) and Rachel Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian HS).

The collection of academic honors caps off an outstanding 2009-10 year for the Knights. During the year, Calvin captured its first MIAA regular season title since 1982 and then advanced to its first-ever NCAA III Tournament by winning the MIAA Tournament title. Calvin also earned the MIAA’s Team GPA Award for posting a team cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or above for the entire academic year.

Individually, Oosterhouse was named the recipient of the NCAA’s Division III Elite 88 Award in women’s tennis for holding the highest cumulative grade point average of any individual competing at the NCAA III Women’s Tennis Championships. Oosterhouse was later named a first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

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