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Courtesy: Duke Athletics
Five Blue Devils Named Scholar-Athletes by ITA
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 07/25/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke was named a 2017 ITA All-Academic Team, as announced Tuesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. In addition, five Blue Devils also received recognition for individual academic accomplishments.

Samantha Harris, Kaitlyn McCarthy, Chalena Scholl, Rebecca Smaller and Alyssa Smith received the honor, with the five selections marking the second-most in the ACC behind Virginia Tech’s seven.

Scholl earned a spot on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list for the fourth consecutive year, while McCarthy, Smith and Smaller each garnered the award for the second time. The 2017 campaign marks the first ITA Scholar-Athlete accolade for Harris.

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 varsity letter winners were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2016 and spring 2017).

In order for a team to be considered for the ITA All-Academic Team award, a program must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.20, while an individual must be a varsity letter winner, maintain a grade point average of at least 3.50 during the current academic year and must be enrolled at the school for at least two semesters to be considered for the ITA Scholar-Athlete honor.

Duke was joined by 11 other ACC schools on the list, including Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

In total, 720 teams and nearly 4,000 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were recognized.