July 11, 2014

MIT Tennis Teams Earns Academic Honors from ITA

SKILLMAN, N.J. – After successful seasons on the court in 2013-14 that saw the MIT men's and women's tennis teams claim New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) titles, both squads were recognized for its success in the classroom last season when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its academic award winners for 2013-14. Both squads were recognized as an ITA All-Academic Team, with the women seeing 11 individuals singled out as ITA Scholar Athletics and the men adding six names to the ITA Scholar Athlete list.

On the women's side MIT led the NEWMAC with its 11 individual honors, while picking up the team award for a seventh consecutive season. Julia Hsu '14 (Knoxville, Tenn.) earned her fourth Scholar Athlete distinction, becoming the sixth MIT women's tennis student-athlete to be honored all four years with the award. Senior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) was honored for the third time, while Lauren Quisenberry '14 (Corpus Christi, Texas), senior Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) and juniors Alana Peters (Kenilworth, Ill.), Ava Soleimany (Newport Beach, Calif.), Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) and Iris Zhuang (Allen, Texas) each were selected for a second time. Earning their first career ITA Scholar Athlete award were junior Sunnie Lampl (Bluemont, Va.) and sophomores Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.).

For the men it was also the seventh straight year the program earned the team distinction, with the Engineers also leading the NEWMAC with its six individual awards. Juniors Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.), Justin Cheung (Sydney, Australia) and Alex Jaffe (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) were named ITA Scholar Athletes for the second time in their careers. Junior Robbie Shaw (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomores Moseley Andrews (Ross, Calif.) and Kristopher Bronner (Brookline, Mass.) were selected for the first time.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letter winner; have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year; and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.