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Bonnies Earn ITA Academic Honors

Bonnies Earn ITA Academic Honors

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University men's and women's tennis teams both earned All-Academic Team distinction from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) while a total of 12 student-athletes received ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.

To be named an ITA All-Academic Team, programs must have a team grade point average of 3.2 or better. Bona's men's team had the highest cumulative GPA following the 2019-20 academic year of any team on campus with a mark of 3.636. The women's team, meanwhile, boasted an impressive 3.572.

Individually, Martin Estevarena, Jonni Heikkila, Filip Morawski, Marco Rivolo, Lukas Linden Malmberg and John Rutkowski were named ITA Scholar-Athletes on the men's side. From the women's team, Amelia Haley, Andrea Roque, Paula Velilla, Amara Young, Penelope Abreu and Kahlei Reisinger all earned accolades.

Estevarena, a rising junior from Argentina, ranked second on the team with seven singles wins last year and owns a 3.54 GPA as a marketing major. Heikkila, a rising senior from Finland, had three singles victories and boasts a 3.57 GPA as an environmental studies major; Morawski is a rising sophomore from Olean with a 4.0 GPA as a biology major. Rivolo led the team with eight singles wins and tied for the team lead with six doubles victories last year and is a rising junior from Argentina with a 3.94 GPA as a business management major. Malmberg, who hails from Sweden, tallied 29 singles wins and 31 doubles triumphs during his four-year career, graduating with a finance degree and a 3.99 GPA. Rutkowski, a native of Pittsburgh, registered 20 singles wins and 27 doubles victories before graduating with a biology degree and a 3.44 GPA.

Haley, a biochemistry major from Pittsburgh, registered 11 singles wins and eight doubles victories during her freshman year and boasts a 3.89 GPA. Roque, an accounting major, scored 10 doubles wins and seven singles victories with a 3.69 GPA. Young, a rising sophomore political science major, won eight singles matches with four doubles triumphs and owns a 4.0 GPA; Abreu, a business major from the Dominican Republic, led the team with 11 doubles wins and ranked second with 12 singles wins with a 3.70 GPA. A rising junior from Paraguay, Velilla tied for third on the team with eight doubles triumphs and holds a 3.74 GPA as a business major. Reisinger graduated with a sociology degree and a 3.37 GPA following a year with eight doubles and seven singles victories.

Head coach Mike Bates oversees a men's squad that has earned ITA Scholar Team status in three straight years while the women's team has received the honor six times since 2012.

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