Skillsman, N.J. –
Nova Southeastern University women's tennis players, Alex Kaeser
, Luicelena Perez
, Nastassia Rubel
and Arina Sharonova
were named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar Athletes and earned spots on the ITA All-Academic Team, announced by the ITA office on Tuesday afternoon.
"These girls worked as hard in the classroom as they did on the court," said head coach Doug Neagle
. "I am proud of the girls for sticking to academics, making sure they got their work done. It shows hard work pays off, not only on the playing surface, but in the classroom as well."
Perez adds to her immense success throughout the 2017 season. The singles and doubles All-American, and Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year majored in Business Administration during her lone year with the Sharks. During the season, Perez posted a 17-0 record with an 11-0 mark against SSC and regional opponents, including six wins over nationally ranked opponents.
Kaeser joins Perez after proving to be a doubles specialist during her senior campaign, picking up wins against Saint Leo, Eckerd, Florida Tech and Embry Riddle. The Woodstock, Georgia native received her bachelor's degree in Accounting.
Rubel, meanwhile, adds the ITA honor to her resume following a strong showing on the court this past season. The Political Science major earned a spot on the All-SSC second team in doubles after posting a 14-0 record alongside partner Simone Pratt
Majoring in Art, Sharanova alternated between No. 4, 5 and 6 singles while playing No. 3 doubles as a freshman. During her first season, the native of Moscow, Russia recorded back-to-back wins against Florida Tech and Embry Riddle with Kaeser, and collected the game-winning point in a crucial SSC match versus Palm Beach Atlantic.
To earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must 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 2 semesters.
To view the full list of ITA Scholar Athletes and the ITA All-Academic Team click here.