Four University of Minnesota women's tennis players – Ida Malmberg, Nischela Reddy, Shelby Rohrer and Mariana Spilca – have been named 2006 Scholar-Athletes by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). In addition, the Golden Gopher women's tennis team was one of 92 Division I squads to be named an ITA All-Academic Team.
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 through senior year). Over 400 Division I women’s tennis players were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. Each of the four Golden Gophers honored by the ITA were also named Academic All-Big Ten in 2006.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2005 and spring 2006).