MOUNT VERNON – Five members of Cornell's men's and women's tennis teams have been cited for their academic exploits during the 2013-14 season by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Senior Joseph Gelfand, junior Ben Williamson and sophomore Thomas Weiss were named ITA Scholar-Athletes on the men's side. The Cornell trio joined seven other men's selections from the Midwest Conference.
Sophomore Heather Schrauth and freshman Shashanna Moll represented Cornell's women as ITA Scholar-Athletes. The MWC had 12 women's players honored.
Cornell's five total academic honorees were second-most in the MWC behind Lawrence, which fielded 11.
The Ram men also gained recognition as an ITA All-Academic Team. Lawrence's men and women were the only others teams named from the MWC.
Both Cornell teams are coached by Carolina Hannes, who enters her second season at the helm.
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 4.0 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.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letterwinner, have a GPA of at least 3.5 for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.