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Three Tennis Players Earn Scholar-Athlete Recognition

Sept. 9, 2009

STORRS, Conn. - Two members of the University of Connecticut men’s tennis team and Jennifer Marotta (Nesconset, N.Y.) of the women’s team were recognized as 2008-09 Scholar Athletes. Joey Michaels (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Scott Warden (Boardman, Ohio) were the members of the men’s team honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

Michaels became the third men’s tennis student-athlete in program history to earn a spot on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in each of his four academic years. He graduated with a degree in Marketing in 2009. Following his rookie campaign, Warden was also among those honored with a BIG EAST All-Academic Team spot in addition to his ITA Scholar-Athlete award.

A human development and family studies major, Marotta was the only member of the women’s tennis team to be named a Scholar-Athlete. The senior was one of nine team members to be named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in July.

To earn ITA Scholar-Athlete award, a student-athlete must be a varsity letterwinner, have a grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.50 for the entire academic year and be enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters. For a complete list of the ITA's honorees please click here.

Both teams commence the 2009 fall season at the Fairfield Doubles Invitational this weekend. The men’s tennis team starts the year on Sept. 12 while the women’s team gets things started on Sept. 13.