TEMPE, Ariz. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2017 All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes on Tuesday, July 25 and four Jackson State tennis players were named to the teams. Andrey Alawi from the men’s team and Daria Butorina, Ariel Dickson and Lucia Solis were the Lady Tigers to receive recognition. In all, 720 teams and 3,908 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored.
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).
Alawi was named to the SWAC Men’s Tennis All-Tournament Team. He was also an All-SWAC First Team member (Singles and Doubles). He ended the year with a 3.6 grade point average.
Butorina was named to the All-SWAC First Team (Doubles) and Second Team (Singles). She posted a 4.0 grade point average this year. Dickson had a 3.6 grade point average. Solis was named to the SWAC Women’s Tennis All-Tournament Team, as well as making the All-SWAC First team (Doubles). She finished the year with a 3.8 grade point average.