Academic Aces: Women's Tennis Earns NCCAA Scholar Team Award

GREENVILLE, S.C. - McMurry University's women's tennis team was one of 48 teams nationally receiving the Scholar Team Award from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) for the Winter/Spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Teams that had a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 on a 4.00 scale for all combined student-athletes on the team were eligible for the NCCAA Scholar Team Award. The War Hawks had a 3.44 team GPA.

"I am very proud of the effort our young ladies gave this season, especially in the classroom," said McM head coach Mark Hathorn.  "We believe our commitment to the classroom is every bit as important - and even more so - than what we expect of the team on the court. This award is a testament to that hard work."

The McMurry program gained valuable experience versus top-notch competition in 2012-13 regular season, especially in the tough Heartland Conference. The War Hawks also played against some of the nations best in the post-season in the NCCAA Central Region championships (hosted by the War Hawks at the newly-renovated Sidell-Swagerty Tennis Center).

The team also produced six Heartland Conference All-Scholastic honorees:  Salitza Abrantes, Brandy Curry, Sydney Gonzalez, Dana LaMieux, Chelsea Miller & Autumn Patterson.

This past year was McMurry's first as a member of the NCCAA.  It was also the school's first playing as a transitioning NCAA II program.

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