Golden Eagles tennis earns high academic praise in 2017 season

By Cal State LA News Service

Cal State LA’s women’s tennis team succeeded in the classroom and on the court during an impressive 2017 season.

The team earned an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team award for having a team grade point average above 3.20, the ITA announced in late July. Five players also received Scholar-Athlete honors from the ITA, adding to the eight players who earned Academic All-PacWest Conference recognition this season.

Several members of the team were granted ITA Scholar-Athlete awards for having grade point averages above 3.50:

Student-athletes who achieved at least a 3.0 grade point average, have completed two academic semesters and competed in their sport were eligible to receive the PacWest academic honor. Among the student-athletes honored by the PacWest Conference were:

Cal State LA (13-8) completed a tremendous 2017 season that featured big wins over No. 6 Hawaii Pacific, Sonoma State (No. 17 at the time) and Point Loma (No. 19 at the time) and two wins over No. 21 Azusa Pacific.
 
Cal State LA was also ranked fifth in the final NCAA Division II West Region poll. The top three teams from the West – BYU-Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific and Academy of Art – qualified for the NCAA playoffs. BYU-Hawaii advanced to the national semi-finals before suffering its first loss of the season. Barry University won the Division II national title.
 
Cal State LA recorded its sixth consecutive national top-25 finish and its third top-20 finish in the past six seasons. The Golden Eagles were 23rd in 2016, 17th in 2015, 21st in 2014, 22nd in 2013 and 15th in 2012. The national ranking of 15 in 2012 was the best for the program since being No. 15 in 1995.
 
Cal State LA is nationally-ranked at the end of six consecutive seasons for the first time since 1991-96.
 
Cal State LA has a storied women's tennis program that has celebrated success recently with its string of top-25 ITA national rankings. The Golden Eagles have competed in the NCAA Championships nine times and Edna Olivarez won national titles in singles and doubles, with partner Jennifer Choi, in 1990. The program's most famous alum is legendary tennis pro and women's rights activist Billie Jean King, who played for Cal State LA from 1961-64. The athletics complex on campus is named in her honor.

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