June 13, 2014

Four Generals Earn ITA All-America Honors

SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its Division III men's and women's tennis All-America teams recently and Washington and Lee placed two athletes on both the men's and women's lists.

Juniors Sonja Meighan (McLean, Va. / Flint Hill) and Patricia Kirkland (Charleston, S.C. / Ashley Hall) were both represented on the women's All-America team, while junior Taylor Shamshiri (Austin, Texas / ATA College Prep) and sophomore Michael Holt (Henrico, Va. / Mills Godwin) both received All-America honors for the men.

Meighan and Kirkland both received All-America honors in doubles by winning the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championship and taking second place at the USTA/ITA Small College Championship back in the fall.  Meighan also garnered All-America laurels for singles by winning the regional title, advancing to the Small College Championships and making the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship.

Meighan went 23-4 in singles and 21-6 in doubles en route to being named the VaSID and ODAC Player of the Year.  She is a three-time All-America honoree in singles and a two-time honoree in doubles.

Kirkland was a First Team All-ODAC honoree in doubles, posting an 18-6 overall record.  She added a 5-1 record in singles.  Kirkland is a two-time All-America honoree for doubles.

Shamshiri and Holt earned their All-America honor via advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships this spring.  Together, they went 24-5 overall and in just two seasons, they have already notched a 50-11 record that ranks third in school history for career wins by a doubles team.  Bobby Matthews and David McLeod hold the record with 59 career victories. 

Shamshiri, the ODAC Player of the Year, earned his second All-America honor for doubles after posting a 24-5 record on the season.  He was also 10-10 in singles.

Holt garnered First Team All-ODAC honors and was selected as a Capital One Third Team Academic All-American this spring.  He went 18-6 in singles and 26-5 in doubles.

Meighan and Kirkland's selections give W&L at least one women's All-America honoree each year since 1993.  A total of 23 players have earned 73 All-America citations over the years.

The W&L men have seen 18 players honored a total of 51 times since 1977.

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