July 15, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced the 2011 ITA All-Academic Teams and ITA Scholar-Athletes with Florida State representing four student-athletes to the men’s and women’s lists. The women’s team was named as an ITA All-Academic Team to end their incredible season.
In order to be named as an ITA All-Academic Team, any individuals who competed had to be included in a cumulative 3.20 grade point average for the fall and spring semester. To be named an ITA Scholar-Athlete, an individual had to post a 3.50 grade point average for the current academic year. Florida State was one of six ACC schools to be named to the list which included Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Senior Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.,), redshirt sophomore Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg) and senior Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) were named as ITA Scholar-Athletes. This is the third year Rybakova and Suess were named to the list.
“I am ecstatic that our women’s tennis team once again earned All-Academic Team honors,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “This speaks to the commitment that our student-athletes have to not only their tennis endeavors, but to their academic responsibilities as well. These young ladies strive each year to be as good as they can be on all fronts, and I continue to be so proud of how well each of them represents our women’s tennis program, as well our athletic department at Florida State University.”
This season the trio helped lead the women’s team to their second ACC Championship match. The team posted eight straight wins during the conclusion of the season which included wins over No. 3 Duke (twice), No. 4 North Carolina and No. 11 Virginia.
Individually, the trio was named to the Academic All-ACC Team while Suess was named the ITA Southeast Region Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner and earned the ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award. Rybakova was named to the All-ACC Team and as a third team CoSIDA Academic All-American.
On the men’s side, Vahid Mirzadeh, a senior from Wellington, Fla., was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete for the first time in his career. Mirzadeh finished the season by being named with All-America doubles honors. He was also named to the All-ACC Team and All-ACC Academic Team. He was named as the national ITA Arthur Ashe Leaderships and Sportsmanship Award. Mirzadeh has been named to the Dean’s List three times during his career including posting a 3.94 GPA this spring semester.
“I think anytime you can win an award for your academics it’s truly a great honor to have,” said Mirzadeh. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work not only on the tennis court but also off the court in my academics. I think it’s really important to balance school and tennis.”