Three National Academic Awards For Women's Tennis

The San Jose State women's tennis team was named a 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team for the first time in the program's 35-year history. The award honors any ITA program that had a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above on a 4.00 scale.

Two Spartan freshmen, Jessica Willett, from Fallbrook, Calif., and Isadora Busch, from Bauru, Brazil, were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for achieving a grade point average of 3.50, being enrolled at San Jose State for at least two semesters, and earning a varsity letter.

A kinesiology major, Willett achieved a 3.968 cumulative grade-point average in her first year at San Jose State. The Fallbrook, Calif. native won eight of her final 11 singles matches in 2012.

Busch earned a 3.586 cumulative grade-point average as a journalism major. In singles matches, she finished tied for second in wins on the Spartans with 16.

The Spartans' academic success compared favorably to their success on the court. Twelve consecutive wins, the first time in the program's history, propelled the Spartans to the team's highest regular season conference finish (second) since the sport's inception at SJSU. The Spartans also recorded its highest dual-match winning percentage (.650) since 1986.

San Jose State women's tennis head coach Sylvain Malroux said of the honor, "The fact that we were successful both on the court and in the classroom is rewarding to see. The team has been working hard both in the gym and in the classroom and their work has paid off.

"We want student-athletes, not just athletes (at San Jose State). We are very proud of them."