COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s tennis teams were named as 2009 ITA All-Academic Teams and Buckeyes Julie Blackmore, Christina Keesey, Steven Moneke and Mike O’Connell earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced.
Blackmore was honored for the third-consecutive year, while Keesey picked up the award for the second time. O’Connell, who received the award for the second-consecutive season, also earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Athlete status, while Moneke captured his first ITA scholar-athlete award. For the women’s program, this is its third-consecutive award and is has had at least two members listed as ITA Scholar-Athletes for the past five seasons.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letterwinner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
Blackmore, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was a senior majoring in textiles and clothing in 08-09. She had 15 singles wins to cap her Buckeye career. She was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Keesey, a rising senior from Northfield Minn., majors in allied medical professions and was 15-12 overall in singles last season, while posting an impressive 8-2 record in conference play. Keesey was named as an Academic All-Big Ten recipient for the first time in her career and is now a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
O’Connell, who was a junior majoring in health science last season, received the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Athlete award, is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient and a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. In order to earn Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Athlete status, a player must have a grade point average of at least 3.70 for the current academic year and must be in at least their second year on campus.
Moneke, who was a senior tri-captain for the 2009 national runner-up squad, is an international business major and compiled a team-high 45-5 record in singles. Moneke, who advanced to the national final in singles at the 2009 NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas, is a three-time ITA All-American, a three-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient and a four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete.