July 12, 2021

Buckeyes Receive ITA Academic Accolades


COLUMBUS, OhioFor the fifth year in a row, the Ohio State women’s tennis program has been recognized as an ITA All-Academic Team, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Monday. To earn the honor, a squad must have a team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale), with all varsity letterwinners factored into the GPA. This is the 12th time in program history the squad has earned the award.

Five Buckeyes were named ITA Scholar-Athletes – Lina Ali, Irina Cantos Siemers, Luna Dormet, Lisa Hofbauer and Kathleen Jones. In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must have posted a grade-point average of 3.5 or better for the current academic year and be listed on the institutional eligibility form.

Dormet, who earned her degree in political science in the spring, is now a three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete. Cantos Siemers, a singles All-American as a sophomore in 2021, has earned ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades twice and is a communication major. Jones, a redshirt sophomore and journalism major, and Ali, who is majoring in psychology and was a freshman in 2021, both earned their first ITA academic accolade, as did graduate student Lisa Hofbauer, who received her master’s degree in applied economics this spring.

All five Buckeyes recognized also earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors in 2021, with Dormet, Cantos Siemers and Jones named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars and to the Academic All-Big Ten team.

On the court in 2021, the Buckeyes were the Big Ten regular season co-champion and won the conference tournament title, going 23-4 overall. The squad hosted NCAA Tournament first and second round matches as the No. 15 seed and reached the Round of 16 for the third time in program history.

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