Pios notch five ITA Scholar-Athletes, Women All-Academic

Pios notch five ITA Scholar-Athletes, Women All-Academic

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Five Lewis & Clark student-athletes were chosen to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Scholar-Athlete list, the organization announced on Thursday, and the Pioneers women's program, which won the Northwest Conference championship, earned All-Academic team honors.

Raed Attia, Harrison Collins and Parker Nichols were chosen as ITA Scholar-Athletes from the Pios men's program, while Aurora Garrison and Glenna Gee-Taylor were honored from the women's team for the second-straight year. Last spring, Collins, Nichols and Gee-Taylor earned spots on the Lewis & Clark Dean's List.

It was a historic season for both programs. The men's team became nationally-ranked, ascending to as high as No. 30 in the country, and defeated Whitman, ending the NWC foe's nearly nine-season winning streak. Meanwhile, the women's team won Lewis & Clark's first-ever NWC championship and first conference title overall since 1979. The Pioneers advanced to the NCAA Championships as a team, with sophomore Summer Garrison qualifying for the national singles competition for the second-straight year.

Attia played in the No. 1 position for the majority of the season, finishing with four-straight wins and an 8-9 overall record. Collins finished 15-4 on the year with a 10-1 mark in conference matches. Nichols competed in one match this season.

Aurora Garrison, who finished with a 9-8 singles record, was one of the Pios two senior captains and was part of the Pios top 25 doubles pair with Summer Garrison. Gee-Taylor ended the season with a 3-0 record.

The women's team won the ITA Regionals singles and doubles titles last fall.

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 letterwinners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2015 and spring 2016). In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letterwinner, 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 two semesters (including freshman through senior year).

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