Duhawks Land Six ITA Scholar Athletes, Collect Team Academic Honors

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.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).