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It’s no secret that Louisiana Tech University’s tennis team has been finding its most success ever on the courts, recently becoming nationally ranked for the first time in program history.

But the Tennis Techsters are netting winning results in the classroom, too.

The squad has been excelling in the classroom as well with a current team GPA of 3.14.

Five of the nine Lady Techsters have a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or better.

“I am very proud of how the team has been able to work so hard on and off the court,” said Tech head coach Chad Camper. “Their achievements in academics are proof that hard work really does pay off.”

Some of the Tennis Techsters have also recently garnered attention for their academic success. After being recognized as Outstanding Junior of the Year by the College of Engineering and Science last year, Manoela Chiacchio has been nominated for Outstanding Senior of the Year.

The industrial engineering major was nominated again by a professor from her department of engineering.

Tennis Techsters senior Taly Merker, a finance major, was one of four students selected to go to Dallas to attend the Economics Scholars Program Conference. The senior will take part in a poster session that will be a visual poster presentation that provides an opportunity to have informal discussion between presenters and participants.

Merker and Chiacchio, along with teammates Haley Ballinger, Marta Sramkova and Alexandra Starkova, have also received recognition to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll at least once in the past two academic years.

Starkova last week was named the Conference USA Female Athlete of the Week after helping the Tennis Techsters hand Southern Methodist its first home loss of the season.

That was also Tech’s first win ever over SMU, which had been ranked as high as No. 49 in the country this season.

With that 4-0 win, the Lady Techsters improved to 13-3 on the season while also moving up four spots in the Oracle/ITA Tennis national team rankings to No. 66.

Now the 66th-ranked Lady Techsters begin the month of April with a four-game home stand at the LA Tech Tennis Complex, starting at 2 p.m. today against the University of New Orleans.

The Ruston Daily Leader applauds the Tennis Techsters for the team’s success on the courts and in the classroom and wishes them luck as they play out the final weeks of their season.

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