Five Coyotes named as ITA Scholar-Athlete

Five Coyotes named as ITA Scholar-Athlete The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced that five members of The University of South Dakota tennis team have earned the ITA Scholar-Athlete award and that the Coyote team has earned the ITA All-Academic Team award. Jessica Bur-chill, Janea Hagen, Jenny Lewellen, Melanie Rockne and Rijalda Zejnic were named ITA Scholar-Athlete. The five Coyotes earning the ITA Scholar-Athlete award is the most in the programâ�?�?s history and it is also the fourth-straight season that the team has earned the ITA All-Academic Team award. In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letterwinner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 for the current academic year and 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. â�?�?Iâ�?�?m very proud of the ladies, their hard work and focus on and off the court has been extraordinary,â�? said head coach Malcolm Gil-reath. â�?�?They truly are a wonderful group of ladies to work with and Iâ�?�?m ecstatic to be a part of their success.â�? Lewellen (Seattle, WA) finished an outstanding sophomore campaign by winning the No. 2 singles title at the NCC championships this past spring. She is the fourth individual champion in school history and the first since 1985 (Susan Walsh, No. 1). Lewellen finished the season with a 20-2 record in singles competition. Zejnic (Hamilton, Ontario, Can.) posted a 20-9 record while competing as the No. 1 singles for USD. Hagen (Bellevue, NE) posted a 7-12 record in her first season as a Coyote while competing as a No. 4 single. Rockne (Yankton), compiled a double-digit win season in 2007-08 by going 16-12. Burchill (Pierre), was 3-1 in singles matches and 1-0 in doubles competition last season.

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