Lady Raiders Earn 7th Straight ITA Honor

Rasmi Teltumbde was selected an ITA Scholar-Athlete for the third consecutive season.

July 24, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's women tennis program earned its seventh consecutive Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team selection.

Texas Tech was also one of 145 schools to earn the ITA All-Academic Team honor. It is seventh consecutive time in program history that Texas Tech has received the honor and the eighth overall honor since 2004. The Red Raiders were just one of five Big 12 schools to earn the honor, joining Baylor, Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma.

Individually, Texas Tech's Rashmi Teltumbde, Claire Williams and Samantha Czarniak Rego have been named Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athletes.

It is the seventh straight time since 2008 that the Red Raiders have landed three student-athletes on the list. With the three new honorees, Texas Tech has now had 35 total student-athletes earn the honor and 25 in the Todd Petty Era.

Teltumbde earned her third straight honor, marking just the fourth time in program history for a Lady Raider to be selected as a Scholar-Athlete three times. She joins former Lady Raiders Samantha Adams, Kelsey Garland and Samantha van der Drift.

Big 12 Conference schools represented 20 of the 690 honors handed out - Baylor (4), Kansas State (5), Oklahoma (2), Texas (3) and Texas Tech (3) and West Virginia (3).

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).

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 eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).



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