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Four Players, Women's Tennis Team Honored with ITA Academic Awards

Esther Eddy, Aly Hall, Mackenzie Jones, and Mariah Westra were all honored by the ITA.

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Covenant women's tennis players Esther Eddy, Aly Hall, Mackenzie Jones, and Mariah Westra, along with the women's tennis program, were recognized for their academic exploits by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently. The four players were all named to the ITA Scholar-Athlete team, while the program was an All-Academic Team for the 2017-18 year.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete, a player must be a varsity letterwinner, have a GPA of at least 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present institution for at least two semesters. For teams to collect All-Academic Team honors, the program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.0 scale).

Covenant was one of four USA South institutions to earn All-Academic Team honors, joining Huntingdon, LaGrange, and Piedmont. 20 players from USA South member schools earned Scholar-Athlete.

Eddy, a rising junior from Jacksonville, Fla., was selected to the USA South All-West Division second team after going 10-8 in singles play, with nine of those wins coming at the No. 3 spot. She compiled a 13-5 record in doubles, primarily at the No. 1 position. Eddy also earned USA South All-Academic team honors for the first time in her career.

Hall, a recent graduate, finished her career by going 14-2 in singles play, all at the No. 1 flight, and 11-5 in doubles. The Orlando, Fla., native earned first team All-USA South honors for a third straight year and was a first team All-West Division honoree for a second consecutive season. Hall was also a USA South All-Academic team member for a third straight year and ended her career with 36 singles wins and 29 doubles victories.

Also a recent graduate, Jones had a career-high in singles wins in her final season as a Scot. Jones, from Virginia Beach, Va., was a USA South All-Academic team member, earning the honor for the first time in her career. 

A rising sophomore from Tulare, Calif., Westra collected four doubles wins in her first year as a collegiate player. Westra was a USA South All-Academic honoree, earning the award with distinction after producing a GPA above 3.90 in both the fall and spring semesters.

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