For Immediate Release: October 1, 2010
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

BU women's tennis earns ITA All-Academic Honors for 2009-10 season
Bates, Bykovskaya and Shapiro named ITA Scholar-Athletes

VESTAL, N.Y.-- The Binghamton women's tennis team has earned ITA Academic Honors for the 2009-10 academic year. In addition, senior Lauren Bates, junior Marina Bykovskaya and recent graduate Danyelle Shapiro earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.

As a team, the Bearcats earned a 3.29 GPA last year. Bates and Bykovskaya, meanwhile, each maintained a 3.63 GPA. Shapiro graduated with a 3.67 GPA.

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 eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2009 and spring 2010).

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 thorough senior year).

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