Matador Women's Tennis Collects Multiple 2014 ITA All-Academic Awards


NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The CSUN women's tennis program has been named a 2014 All-Academic Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Team and seven Matadors were named ITA Scholar Athletes. Leslie Chang, Lorraine Cheung, Mickey Hsu, Vivian Lin, Corinne Schnyder, Scout Shutter and Mari Taslagyan all received ITA Scholar Athlete honors following successful seasons both on the courts and in the classroom.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).

"We are proud of our student-athletes for having their priorities so well aligned with the mission of President Harrison, Dr. Martin and the university as a whole," CSUN head coach Gary Victor said. "With a young team, including five freshmen, we were thrilled to have a group of young ladies so committed to achieving Comprehensive Excellence in academics, athletics and community service." 

Cheung was the team's only senior in 2014 and also earned the ITA Southwest Region Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership. She ended her Matador career with a 46-28 (.621) singles record and 39-28 (.582) mark in doubles play. She earned All-Big West Doubles Honorable Mention in 2011 with teammate Maria Pistalu.

Hsu and teammate Kristen Poei completed one of the top doubles seasons in Matador history. The tandem went 17-3 on the season and went 6-2 against Big West opponents. They had an 11-match winning streak during the season.

In singles, Hsu tied for the team lead with 12 victories and finished the year 12-8 overall. She had a season-best six-match winning streak during the year. 

Lin and teammate Criss Rodriguez were the other doubles team to be honored, earning All-Big West Honorable Mention honors after posting a 9-8 overall record.

In singles action, Lin played her first season of NCAA Tennis at the top draw for a large portion of the season. She finished 11-11 overall and 4-4 against Big West opponents. Lin earned Big West Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week honors twice during the season.

Chang went 3-0 in singles action in 2014 while Schnyder went 1-1 in singles action and 0-2 in doubles play. In her first season with the squad, Shutter went 5-4 in singles play and 6-3 in doubles action. Another rookie, Taslagyan, won in straight sets over Wellesley College in her only official match of the year. 

All members of the 2014 All-Academic Teams and ITA Scholar-Athletes receive a certificate to recognize the achievement.

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