ITA Recognizes Broncos’ Work in Classroom
July 17, 2015

SKILLMAN, N.J. - Boise State women’s tennis was honored as a 2015 ITA All-Academic Team and six Broncos received the ITA Scholar-Athlete Award. Boise State has earned the team award nine of the past 10 years.

"I want to start by saying that we wouldn't be able to accomplish such special things academically without all of the support and help from our academic adviser, Eric Kile,” said head coach Beck Roghaar. “I speak for the whole team when I say thank you so much for always going above and beyond to support us in our academic goals. His work is incredibly important and always appreciated."

The Broncos posted a team grade-point average of 3.58 for the 2014-15 academic year. To qualify for the ITA award a team must post at least a cumulative 3.2 GPA during the academic year, including all varsity letterwinners from the season. The team posted a 3.62 GPA in the fall semester, the highest single-semester GPA in program history.

Kaitlyn Brown, Naomi de Hart, Bobbi Oshiro, Arianna Paules-Aldrey, Teal Vosburgh and Sammie Watson all earned individual recognition as ITA Scholar-Athletes. The Broncos were led in the classroom last year by de Hart’s 4.0 GPA.

"These awards speak volumes to the type of young ladies we have in our program here at Boise State,” Roghaar said. “It takes a lot of organization, dedication, focus, late nights, support, and drive to be excellent in order to earn the grades and GPAs that they have. Earning a 3.567 as a team flat out isn't easy, and what I love about this team is that they are all in it together and trying to be their best in all areas of their life. When you get a group together that are all pulling the same direction with the same goals special things happen, and these awards are a great example of that. I'm very proud of our team as a group and all the individual award winners as well."

Brown totaled a 3.79 for the 2014-15 academic year, followed by Oshiro’s 3.76. Vosburgh (3.676) edged out Paules-Aldrey (3.667), and Watson boasted a 3.53 while taking 30 credits for the year.

Brown and Oshiro were also honored as ITA Scholar-Athletes last season. Brown completed her career as a four-time recipient of the award, becoming just the third student-athlete in program history to accomplish the feat. She joins Bianca Jochimsen (2007-10) and Jana Mackova (2006-09) as four-time honorees.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: be a varsity letter winner, 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.

Earlier this year, Boise State women’s tennis was publicly recognized by the NCAA for ranking in the top-10 percent for multi-year Academic Progress Rates among all Division I women’s tennis programs.

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