USC Earns ITA All-Academic Team and Scholar-Athlete Honors

    July 25, 2016

    Five members of the USC women’s tennis team have helped the Women of Troy pick up 2016 ITA All-Academic Team honors while grabbing individual Scholar-Athlete awards for themselves. On the men’s side, senior Max de Vroome is an ITA Scholar-Athlete, joining USC women Gabby Smith, Rianna Valdes, Kristen Venter, Madison Westby and Meredith Xepoleas.

    The Women of Troy combined forces with five solid GPA-holders on the team — all freshmen and sophomores — to carry the squad to collective honors as an ITA All-Academic Team. Sophomores Smith, Westby and Xepoleas joined with freshmen Valdes and Venter to boast GPAs over 3.5 for the 2015-16 school year to snag ITA Scholar-Athlete status. Meanwhile, Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Max de Vroome weighs in with the top GPA on the USC men’s team to join the five Women of Troy on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list.

    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 should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2015 and spring 2016). 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).