TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis program was named an All-Academic team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday, as Daniela Schippers, Gabriella Castaneda and Julia Mikulski were each named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
With three Scholar-Athlete selections in 2017, the Seminoles have now had at least one player recognized since 2011. Schippers ends a successful career on the court and in the classroom with her third consecutive Scholar-Athlete honor.
With a 3.9 grade point average in hospitality management, Schippers lead the team academically and athletically on her way to being named the ITA Most Improved Player in the Southeast Region after the 2017 season.
A third team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, Castaneda played at the top of the lineup for the Seminoles while earning a 3.5 grade point average for the 2016-17 academic year. Castaneda and Schippers finished the season No. 81 in the final ITA doubles rankings
A native of Essen, Germany, Mikulski earns her first ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition after earning a 3.8 grade point average for the academic year. Mikulski finished the year ranked an impressive No. 65 in the final ITA doubles rankings.
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 to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).