July 30, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team has received an ITA All-Academic Team award for the 2004-05 season, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced. To qualify, teams have to have a cumulative team grade-point average of more than 3.2.

In addition, three members of the women’s team – Kristin Messmer, Caitlin O’Keefe and Silvia Prajescu – and men’s team member Joey Atas were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. In order to be honored, players must be a varsity letterwinner, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.

Messmer, a Lutherville, Md., native who was a sophomore last season, is a psychology major and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2005. Troy, Mich., native O’Keefe, a freshman last year, is a pre-textiles and clothing major. She won the 2005 Coach’s Award after leading OSU in conference wins in both singles and doubles. Prajescu, who completed her freshman year in 2004-05 and is from Dollard-Des-Orneaux, Quebec, is a pre-industrial engineering major. All three earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors last year.

Atas, a political science major, earned the ITA Scholar-Athlete award for the second time in his career. A native of Baltimore, Md., he earned All-Big Ten honors last season as a sophomore and ended the year ranked 60th nationally in singles and No. 44 in doubles (with Chris Klingemann). He is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and earned 2005 Academic All-Big Ten accolades.