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

Bianca Turati

Bianca Turati Texas Longhorns Women's Tennis (photo courtesy of Texassports.com)

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).

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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