Barton College women’s tennis quartet named 2019 ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athletes

Barton College’s Daria Avram, Vanessa Sanoja, Ada Vargas and Marissa Stevenson were named 2019 ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athletes.  Photo courtesy of Doug Page
Barton College’s Daria Avram, Vanessa Sanoja, Ada Vargas and Marissa Stevenson were named 2019 ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athletes. Photo courtesy of Doug Page

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Barton College women's tennis team was named a 2019 ITA All-Academic Team while four players – seniors Daria Avram (Buzau, ROMANIA) and Vanessa Sanoja (Bolivar, VENEZUELA), junior Marissa Stevenson (Kirk Michael, ISLE OF MAN) and sophomore Ada Vargas (Lima, PERU) – earned Scholar-Athlete accolades.

All four Bulldogs' student-athletes were named to the ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athletes for the second straight year.  ITA is the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Avram was named to the 2019 Conference Carolinas Second Team after playing at No. 1 singles (13-9, 8-3) and No. 1 doubles (eight total wins) this season while Stevenson went 14-5 at both singles and doubles, respectively, this year. 

Stevenson also teamed with Sanoja to win 10 of 12 matches at second doubles while Sanoja won 10 singles' contests and triumphed in 15 doubles matches.  Finally, Vargas won 10 contests in singles play including a 7-4 mark in league action.  All four players led Barton to a 14-9 record (7-4 in conference competition) and earned a berth in the Conference Carolinas Championship.

The ITA All-Academic Teams boast at team grade point average of 3.2 or higher.  ITA Scholar-Athletes must meet the following criteria:  1) lettered one year on varsity, 2) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale and 3) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is committed to serving college tennis and returning the leaders of tomorrow. As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA oversees men's and women's varsity tennis at NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College divisions. The ITA administers a comprehensive awards and rankings program for men's and women's varsity players, coaches and teams in all divisions, providing recognition for their accomplishments on and off the court.

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