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Notre Dame's Ciobanu Earns Academic All-America Honors

"Notre Dame senior women's tennis player Cosmina Ciobanu has been named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America second team. She becomes the third tennis player in program history and sixth Irish student-athlete in 2009-10 to receive Academic All-America accolades.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.000, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Ciobanu enjoyed a stellar career at Notre Dame both on and off the tennis court. She earned all-BIG EAST honors in 2009 and 2010 and was named to the conference all-tournament team for both singles and doubles in 2008, helping the Irish win BIG EAST Conference championships each of the past three seasons. A four-time NCAA team participant, Ciobanu led the Irish to an NCAA quarterfinal appearance in 2007 and NCAA semifinal performances in 2009 and 2010, marking the highest finishes in program history.

A two-time recipient of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete award, Ciobanu finished her career with a singles record of 112-31 and a 112-30 mark in doubles action. A mainstay in the Irish lineup for four seasons, Ciobanu has career-high Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings of 31 (singles) and 39 (doubles) and set Notre Dame's single-season dual-match winning percentage record with a 26-1 singles mark in 2007. This season she compiled a 24-3 singles mark and a 19-5 record in doubles action.

An eight-time selection to the Dean's List at Notre Dame, Ciobanu graduated in May with a double major in science pre-professional studies and anthropology while recording a 3.87 grade-point average. She was a member of Notre Dame's Academic Honors Program and was named an ITA Scholar Athlete and BIG EAST Academic All-Star. Ciobanu was Notre Dame's nominee for the BIG EAST Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year and earned the Monogram Club's postgraduate scholarship.