Women's Tennis Picks Up ITA Academic Awards

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Gisella Pere earned the ITA Scholar Athlete award for the second consecutive year.
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Gisella Pere earned the ITA Scholar Athlete award for the second consecutive year.
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Aug. 1, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s tennis program was one of 112 schools to be named to the ITA All-Academic team on Wednesday. The Boilermakers also earned the honor last year.

Purdue was one of six Big Ten schools to earn the distinguished award. The Boilermakers were joined by Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, and Wisconsin. Purdue and Minnesota were the only two Big Ten schools to earn the award for both the men’s and women’s teams.

Three individual Boilermakers were also named ITA Scholar Athletes. Anna Dushkina, Gisella Pere, and Lynda Xepoleas were among nearly 600 individuals honored. The Big Ten Conference had 38 individuals honored from 11 schools. Indiana led the way with seven while Nebraska, Penn State, and Wisconsin each had five. Minnesota had four scholar athletes while Purdue and Michigan State had three apiece. Northwestern and Ohio State each had two honorees and Illinois and Iowa both had one.

Pere also earned the award last year while Dushkina was an ITA Scholar Athlete in 2010.