SEARCY – Harding University women's tennis players Gina Cielo and Janet Orgain were both named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District At-Large Team on Thursday. It was the first academic all-district honor for both student-athletes.
Harding's women's tennis team has had an academic all-district honoree each season since 2005 but has not had multiple honorees since Eva-Lena Axelsson, Daniela Corrales and Laura Tollett each received the honor in 2002.
A sophomore from Lees Summit, Mo., Cielo compiled a 15-3 singles record and a 2-2 doubles mark for the Lady Bisons in 2009-10. Cielo is a public relations major with a 3.92 grade point average.
Orgain, a junior from Trenton, Tenn., went 5-1 in singles play and had a perfect 7-0 record in doubles this season. She is also a public relations major with a 4.00 grade point average.
The ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District teams are voted on by the district's sports information directors. District VI includes NCAA II, NCAA III, and NAIA schools in Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Mississippi. The At-Large Teams include student-athletes from several different spring sports, but the team is primarily made up of tennis players and golfers.
Cielo and Orgain will now move on to the Academic All-America ballot. The Academic All-America Team will be released Thursday, June 10.