July 27, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University junior Melissa Pine, a senior-to-be from Newfoundland, Canada, has been named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete team for 1998-99.
Pine, WSU's regular number four singles player, boasts a 3.79 grade point average in international business. To be eligible for scholar-athlete status, tennis players must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater (on a 4.00 scale) and hold junior or senior status.
In addition, the Cougar tennis team was one of 43 NCAA teams to earn team All-America status. The WSU team had a 3.27 cumulative grade point average for the 1998-99 school year.
Pine had a 16-18 overall record as a junior, including a 9-6 mark in tournament competition. She was named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic honorable mention team and finished the spring ranked 29th in the final Northwest Region rankings.
"I am extremely proud of the team and Melissa," Cougar head coach Cari Groce said. "I know the hard work they put in on the courts, in the weight room and in their studies.. For them to put that kind of effort in their tennis game and their academic pursuits and to be so successful in the classroom makes me very proud of them and the way they represent the program."
TRANSACTION: WSU's Melissa Pine, a junior from Newfoundland, Canada, named to the ITA All-Academic team with a 3.79 grade point average in International Business. The WSU team was with a ITA All-Academic Team award with a GPA of 3.22 last year.