MACOMB, Ill. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) named two Western Illinois tennis student-athletes, Jessica Callahan and Mitch Granger, 2012 ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athletes on Thursday (July 5).
To qualify for the honor, student-athletes had to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 during the current academic year, be enrolled in their present institution for a minimum of two semesters and earn a varsity letter.
"I am very proud of Jessica and Mitch's accomplishments," head tennis coach Chris Kane said. "They are great leaders for our team. These awards are consistent with our academic philosophy and compliment our recent NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR) success."
Callahan is pursing a degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration and earned a 3.71 grade point average as a freshman. The Highland, Ill. native completed her first year on the court for Western Illinois in 2011-12 spending the majority of the year at the No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles positions. She tallied her first singles collegiate victory over Valerie Vasquez of Roosevelt on March 3, 2012, and was also awarded 2012 Winter/Spring Academic All-Summit League accolades.
Granger posted a 3.926 grade point average as a freshman and is pursuing a degree in Journalism. The Grayslake, Ill. product competed in the Art Peterson Invitational, River Forest Tennis Club Invitational and USTA Tennis Central Regional Qualifying Rounds before sustaining a season-ending injury.