Tempe, Ariz. (July 25) -- Eight members of the MIT women's tennis team has been recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as ITA Scholar-Athletes for the 2018 season. In addition, the Engineers earned the ITA All-Academic Team award as the cumulative GPA of the team overall was above a 3.2.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1) Be a varsity letter winner, 2) Have a grade point average of at least a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for the current academic year, and 3) Have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
This year's MIT honorees included seniors Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.), Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.), sophomores Serena Le (Aiea, Hawaii) and Lara Rakocevic (Portland, Ore.) and freshmen Megan Guenther (Willowbrook, Ill.), Vanessa Kitova (Beverly, Mass.) and Marina Zhang (Garnet Valley, Pa.).
For the All-Academic Team award, the team overall must have a cumulative team grade point average of a 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale. All varsity letter winners were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2017 and spring 2018).
On the court this season, the Engineers earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Elite Eight in Claremont, Calif. After defeating Tufts University in the NCAA Regional Final. The Engineers set the single-season program record for victories with a 20-3 final record and ended the season ranked ninth in the final national poll. Head coach Carol Matsuzaki was named as the NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the ninth time, as well as the ITA Division 3 National Coach of the Year.