June 8, 2017

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AUSTIN, Texas - University of Tennessee at Martin senior Sarah Candeloro joined elite company today as the former Skyhawk tennis student-athlete was named an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Candeloro was named to the All-American third team in the Women’s At-Large field, which spans such sports as beach volleyball, bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.

Candeloro is also one of only seven Division-I tennis players in the nation to win this award – joining North Carolina’s Hayley Carter, Florida’s Josie Kuhlman, Kentucky’s Aldila Sutjiadi, Ohio State’s Francesca Di Lorenzo, Southern Miss’ Carolin Drescher and Baylor’s Blair Shankle.

The Dover, Del. native also becomes just the fourth UT Martin student-athlete to earn Academic All-American status during this decade, joining Taylor Douglas (2015), Leah Taylor (2012, 2013) and Jenna Miller (2011). In addition, Candeloro is the only Ohio Valley Conference representative on the 2017 Women’s At-Large All-American list.

Candeloro graduated from UT Martin last month after maintaining a cumulative 3.96 Grade Point Average with a double major in accounting and finance. She accumulated a spotless 4.0 GPA in seven out of eight semesters while compiling two OVC Medals of Honor and three OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll awards with the 2016-17 academic school year pending.

Undoubtedly one of the best players in Skyhawk tennis history, Candeloro notched All-OVC honors in three different seasons under head coach Dennis Taylor. She was only the third UT Martin player in school history to earn All-OVC first team status in back-to-back seasons (2016, 2017) and ranks in the top-five in program history in singles victories (85, second), combined wins (162, fourth) and doubles victories (77, fifth).

This past season, Candeloro dialed up a team-best 25 singles victories, which included a 7-2 record in OVC play. In doubles, she tallied a 20-5 record while posting a perfect 8-0 record against OVC foes.

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