W&L Men's & Women's Tennis Teams Earn ITA All-Academic Honors

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TEMPE, Ariz. — The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2017 All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes on Tuesday, and Washington and Lee saw both the men’s and women’s teams honored, along with numerous individuals.

For the W&L women’s program, 10 players garnered the Scholar-Athlete Award. Senior Brooke Donnelly (Kennesaw, Ga./Marietta), juniors Claudia Kesala (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista) and Emily Kochard (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle), sophomores DeeDee Aeschliman (Alexandria, Va./International School of Manila), Tessa Hill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) and Mary Hampton McNeal (Beaufort, S.C./South Carolina Connections Academy), and first-years Hannah Archer (Cornelius, N.C./Lake Norman Charter), Madison Hutchins (Atlanta, Ga./The Westminster School), Anna Kreynin (Mequon, Wis./Homestead) and Gabby Moore (Davidson, N.C./William Amous Hough) all received the recognition.

On the men’s side, the Generals had five players earn the Scholar-Athlete award. Senior Will Bannister (Bath, England/Beechen Cliff School), junior Justin Gillette (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central), sophomore Anders Ashforth (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick School), and first-years Jack Johnson (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) and Mitchell Thomas (Houma, La./Vandebilt Catholic) each garnered the laurel.

In all, the ITA honored more than 700 collegiate programs with the All-Academic Team Award, which is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or above. Additionally, more than 3,900 athletes were recognized across all divisions with the Scholar-Athlete Award. To be a scholar-athlete, the student must be a letterwinner, have a GPA of at least 3.5 for the current academic year and be enrolled for at least two semesters.

Both W&L programs experienced tremendous success during the 2016-17 school year. The women finished 21-6 overall and 11-0 in league play, claiming the ODAC title and advancing to the third round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The W&L men completed the year with a 16-7 mark and a 10-0 record in conference play. The Generals claimed the ODAC title and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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