ITA recognizes tennis student-athletes

The LSU women's tennis team, two individual Lady Tigers and four members of the LSU men's tennis team received academic distinction from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association it was announced Monday.

As a team, the Lady Tigers posted a GPA above 3.2, qualifying them as an All-Academic team for the 2005 season.

They are one of six Southeastern Conference teams to make the cut, joined by Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Two members of the women's team were named ITA Scholar-Athletes as well. Individuals needed a 3.5 GPA or above for the year to receive this award.

Amanda Mang, a kinesiology major who completed her senior year of eligibility this season, earned the honor along with Staten Spencer, a mass communication freshman. They are two of 19 women from SEC schools to make the list.

For the men's team, four individuals earned the same award. Freshman Kevin Dessauer was selected for the first time along with mass communication junior Mark Growcott and general studies sophomore Ken Skupski. Growcott and Skupski added this honor to their list of accomplishments for the season after advancing all the way to the national championship match of the NCAA Tournament in doubles and earning the title of Doubles All-Americans.

Biological sciences junior Paul White, this year's SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, rounds out the list of men's tennis honorees for the Tigers. This is White's second straight year to be named an ITA Scholar-Athlete.

There were 11 SEC men's tennis players named scholar-athletes for the 2005 season. LSU tied with Ole Miss for the SEC school with the most members on the list with four.

Women's Tennis:

Amanda Mang, Senior, Kinesiology
Staten Spencer, Freshman, Mass Communication

Men's Tennis:
Kevin Dessauer, Freshman, Undeclared
Mark Growcott, Junior, Mass Communication
Ken Skupski, Sophomore, General Studies
Paul White, Junior, Biological Sciences

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