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Women's Tennis Boasts Nine BIG EAST Academic All-Stars

July 30, 2009

STORRS, Conn. - Nine members of the 2008-09 University of Connecticut women's tennis team were named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Stars. Among those honored, BreAnn Cheung (Tucson, Ariz.) capped off her career earning the distinction each year at Connecticut, becoming just the second student-athlete in women's tennis history to do so.

In addition to Cheung, Allison Koch (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) earned a spot on the list for the third time in her career. Both Cheung and Koch graduated in 2009 with degrees in accounting and elementary education, respectively.

Rising seniors Alison Campitiello (Staten Island, N.Y.), Kelley LoRusso (Shoreham, N.Y.) and Jennifer Marotta (Nesconset, N.Y.) were also named to the list. It is the first time Campitiello, an English major, has been honored while it was the third time LoRusso has pulled in all-academic accolades. LoRusso, a allied health major, joins Marotta among the honorees. This distinctions marks the second time in Marotta's career she has been named to the list. A human development and family studies major, she was honored for the first time in her career in 2006-07.

A trio of rising juniors were acknowledged by the conference for the academic achievements with Elizabeth Lighthall (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), Katie Moritz (York, Pa.) and Alexandra Venezia (Tolland, Conn.) among the nine women's tennis student-athletes named to the list.

It was the first time Lighthall, a communications major, and Moritz, a pre-kinesiology major, received a spot BIG EAST All-Academic Team. A nursing major, Venezia was named to the list for the second-consecutive year in 2008-09.



A molecular and cell biology major, rising sophomore Emily Searle (Lyme, Conn.) rounded out the women's tennis honorees.

This is the second time in women's tennis program history that nine student-athletes have been named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star list. A program-record 10 were honored in 2006-07 with Cheung, Koch and Marotta among them.

In order to qualify for the award a student-athlete must have competed in a BIG EAST sponsored sport, earned a varsity letter and achieved a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the preceding academic year. In addition, the student-athlete must have completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits.

The nominations submitted to the conference were then reviewed and approved by the BIG EAST Academic Affairs Committee.