June 14, 2011

Bennett earns Academic All-America

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City College junior women's tennis player Megan Bennett (Poland, Ohio/Poland) recently earned Third Team Academic All-America College Division At-Large from Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Bennett helped Grove City advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament for the third straight season in 2010 by leading Grove City (13-4 overall) with 13 singles wins. She won Presidents' Athletic Conference titles at third singles and first doubles last fall, as the Wolverines won the conference title.

Bennett finished the season 13-1 in singles play and 10-4 in doubles action. She is a three-year letterwinner for the Wolverines.

In the classroom, Bennett owns a 3.98 cumulative grade-point average as a finance major. She is a Dean's List student who has been named to the conference's Academic Honor Roll. Bennett has earned induction into the Operation Top Management business honorary along with All-Academic recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

She earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2010 and 2011.

Bennett is the third Grove City women's tennis player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Anne Kister earned Academic All-America in 1986, 1987 and 1988 while Megan Hulick received the honor in both 2004 and 2005.

Bennett is also the third Grove City student-athlete to be named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America during the 2010-11 academic year, joining men's soccer player Chuck Witt (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern) and baseball player Andrew Patterson (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian).

This marks the fourth time in school history that Grove City has produced three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in the same academic year. The College also achieved that feat in 1988, 2004 and 2008.

Bennett is Grove City's 34th all-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. She is the College's 17th Academic All-American since 2002. Those 17 Academic All-Americans have combined for 22 total Academic All-America honors.

The Women's At-Large program for Academic All-America includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.

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