July 27, 2012
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State tennis program has been recognized by both the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and TennisRecruiting.net for academic and recruiting excellence and strong fan support.
The ITA released its 2012 All-Academic Team list, which honors all collegiate programs with a team grade-point average of 3.2 or better (on a 4.0 scale). The Rams were one of 82 programs recognized nationally and one four Mountain West teams to qualify, joining Boise State, New Mexico and UNLV on the list.
In addition to the team recognition four student-athletes – seniors Tori Arneson and Lauren Mulhern, sophomore Lauren Pick and freshman Natalie Heffron – earned individual honors as ITA Scholar Athletes, having lettered for the Rams while maintaining grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) over at least two semesters at CSU.
“Recognition like this really says a lot about our players and the program we have built here at Colorado State,” said Head Coach Jon Messick. “These young women give it their all on the court, and in the classroom, and that hard work and dedication shows.”
The 2011-12 Rams also ranked among the nation’s leaders in total attendance and average attendance in the ITA Attendance Race. The Rams welcomed 1,130 fans through the turnstiles at Miramont Lifestyle Fitness Center (for indoor matches) and the impressive new University Tennis Complex (for outdoor competition), coming in ninth nationally for total attendance. CSU drew 126 fans per match, ranking 10th in average attendance, and the team’s average of 118 fans per match during the month of April was good enough for the No. 5 spot nationally.
“I can’t say enough about the way this community has rallied around our program,” added Messick. “Our beautiful new facilities, and fan support, make for a great experience for our team.”
Indeed Colorado State tennis fans will have much to cheer for in years to come, as Messick has compiled one of the top recruiting classes in the nation as ranked by TennisRecruiting.net. The Rams’ 2012 class, which features talented newcomers Abby Stevens (Wichita, Kan.), Kendall Heitzner (Potomac, Md.), Mollie Cooper (Prairie Village, Kan.) and Jennifer Weissmann (Loveland, Colo.), received votes in the Top-25 ranking of all NCAA Divison I recruiting classes, and came in at No. 7 in the rankings of mid-major tennis programs (those outside of ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-10, SEC and Ivy League).
“We are really excited to get this class on campus,” said Messick. “With the players returning from last year’s squad, I can’t wait to see what we are capable of in 2012-13.”