TEMPE, Ariz.--The Intercollegiate Tennis Association this week named the Adrian College women's squad as an ITA All-Academic Team and six Bulldogs as ITA Scholar Athletes. The Bulldogs' six selections ranked second in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association--behind the eight behind both Hope and Olivet colleges.
Morgan Spencer (Plymouth, Mich./Plymouth-Salem High School) leads the Adrian presence on the national listings, as she completed her senior season as a four-time academic all-conference honoree while receiving her degree in English education. Spencer enjoyed a 4-2 MIAA No. 2 singles worksheet as part of an overall 6-7 record.
Classmate Arielle Williams, of Southfield, Mich. (Birmingham Seaholm), earned her degree in communication in the spring. Williams has anchored the Bulldogs' No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles for her four-year career. She notched six singles victories this past season.
Sophomore business administration major Renae Adams Almasy, of Grand Ledge, Mich., posted a career-high seven wins and she played mostly No. 2 singles. She went 3-1 at No. 5 singles, ending the season on a strong note with five wins during the last week. She also recorded a 3-1 No. 2 doubles mark with Victoria Watson.
Onnalee Lach, who is from South Lyon, Mich., appeared in three singles matches during her freshman campaign, posting a 1-2 mark. Lach made her collegiate debut on April 4 at Ursuline College where she was a double-winner in No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles. She majors in English elementary education.
Amber Laginess (Carleton, Mich./Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central) paced the Bulldogs with a 16-4 record (10-2 at No. 4 singles), and put together a 12-match winning streak during the season. The sophomore marketing major also was one of the MIAA's top winners in singles. She also led AC with 10 doubles wins with five different partners.
Classmate Olivia Neumann (Highland, Mich./Lakeland) wrapped up her sophomore season as a full-time starter with a career-high seven singles wins--tied for second on the squad. The biology major teamed up with Laginess for a 3-2 doubles ledger at No. 3.
The sextet helped Women's Tennis earn the MIAA Team Grade-Point Average Award with a 3.49 combined grade-point average, and they also each made academic all-conference. Women's Tennis led all Adrian MIAA-affiliated sports for the highest team GPA.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a GPA 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 two semesters.
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).
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