411OnTheForty: Texas tennis teams earn ITA All-Academic Team honors

29 Jul By
Lexi Ryngler (left) and Cleve Harper were among nine University of Texas tennis players to earn ITA Academic Scholar-Athlete honors (photos courtesy of texassports.com / graphic by Horns Illustrated).

The academic success of nine Texas tennis players has helped the men's and women's teams earn ITA All-Academic Team accolades from the International Tennis Association (ITA).

The nine were named ITA Academic Scholar-Athletes, but it took the entire team to be given such a high honor. The qualifications are challenging, especially for a sport in which the season is held in both the fall and spring, with a heavy amount of travel and a lot of matches on any given weekend. Teams must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, all student-athletes included must be eligible, and all varsity letter winners must be included in the cumulative GPA for the year.

Those who were named ITA Scholar-Athletes needed a minimum 3.5 GPA, along with being listed on the institutional eligibility form (the form coaches submit to be in the running to be named a ITA All-Academic Team).

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On the men's side, three freshmen earned the honor: Eliot Spizzirri, Eshan Talluri, and Cleeve Harper, as did sophomore Nevin Arimilli. It was the first time each received such an honor.

On the women's team, five from the 2019-20 squad were named scholar--athletes: Bianca Turati, Adri Nagy, Marta Perez Mur, Lulu Sun and Lexi Ryngler earned the accolades.

In a shorted dual match season this spring, the women posted an 11-3 record and held the No. 4 ranking in the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Division One team national rankings that were released on March 10. The men's team also was slotted at No. 4 after posting a 13-3 record that included a victory over then-No.1 Florida.

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Riley Zayas is a high school freshman and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, his personal blog 360 Sports, and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website.