Six members of the Loras College women’s tennis team were named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar Athlete team in addition to the Duhawks earning the All-Academic Team nod for the program’s second award in as many seasons. Lauren Diiulio (’22). Molly Monson (’22) and Isabel Schwabe (’22) are two-time award winners along with recent graduates Audrey Hinz (’21) and Maddie Smith (’21) while Clair Moore (’23) became a first-time selection.
To be named an ITA Scholar-Athlete, the student-athlete must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 for the current academic year and be listed on the institutional eligibility form. To earn ITA All-Academic honors, a team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. In total, 605 student-athletes were named to the team and 144 men’s programs were All-Academic squads. The Duhawks posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.49 for the 2020-21 academic year.
Dubuque native Hinz earned her degrees in criminal justice and social work in the spring and capped off her collegiate career on a high note. She became a five-time All-Conference honoree and three-time Academic All-Conference selection in addition to earning the program’s first CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-District honor. She was 6-6 in No. 1 singles and went 6-9 at No. 1 doubles. Smith, a Peru, Ill. native who completed her degree in athletic training, competed in the fall for the Duhawks with a 2-7 record at No. 1 doubles. She was also a two-time Academic All-Conference award winner.
Diiulio, a social work and Spanish major from Bettendorf, Iowa, was a 2021 American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) All-Conference honoree and Academic All-Conference selection with an overall record of 8-2 at No. 2, 3 and 4 singles as well as a 4-1 record at No. 1 doubles. Monson, a psychology and social work major from Lindenhurst, Ill., was an Academic All-Conference award winner and held a 2-3 record at No. 5 singles. Schwabe, a finance and business administration major from Carroll, Iowa, was an All-Conference and Academic All-Conference honoree in 2021 with a 3-2 record at No. 2 and 3 singles and 1-7 at No. 1 and 3 doubles overall.
Moore, a psychology major from Quincy, Ill., made a statement in her first season as a Duhawk, earning All-Conference honors and coming away with the C-Flight Singles Championship title in the fall. She went 13-4 at No. 3, 4 5 and 6 singles and posted a 7-4 record at No. 2 and 3 doubles. Moore currently sits ninth all-time for single season wins.
The Duhawks, coming off a 7-5 overall record and 4-3 in A-R-C action in 2020-21, will open the 2021-22 campaign on the road at Greenville University on Sept. 4.