W&L Tennis teams claim ITA All-Academic laurels

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TEMPE, Ariz. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2019 All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes on Thursday, 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, 11 players garnered the Scholar-Athlete Award. Among those to earn the Scholar-Athlete Award were recent graduates Tessa Hill (Canton, Ohio/Jackson), Melinda Kauffman (Fuquay Varina, N.C./North Raleigh Christian Academy) and Mary Hampton McNeal (Beaufort, S.C./South Carolina Connections Academy), rising seniors Lily Horsley (Richmond, Va./St. Catherine's School), Madison Hutchins (Atlanta, Ga./The Westminster School) and Anna Kreynin (Mequon, Wis./Homestead), rising juniors Ashton Jenne (Cleveland, Tenn./Baylor School), Valerie Marshall (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) and Gabby Moore (Davidson, N.C./William Amous Hough) and rising sophomores Claire Lacksen (Watkinsville, Ga./Oconee County) and Georgia Wright (Austin, Texas/Regents School of Austin).

Hill and McNeal were named to the ITA Scholar-Athlete team for the fourth year in a row, while Hutchins and Kreynin were both honored for the third straight season.

On the men's side, five student-athletes were tabbed for the ITA Scholar-Athlete Award, including rising seniors Jack Johnson (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) and Mitchell Thomas (Houma, La./Vandebilt Catholic), rising juniors Tye Loan (Bremerton, Wash./Olympic) and Noah Tapp (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) and rising sophomore Bobby Neuner (Darien, Conn./Darien).

Johnson and Thomas garnered the award for a third time each, while Loan and Tapp were both recognized for the second time.

In all, the ITA honored 940 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. 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 great success during the 2018-19 school year. The women finished 17-8 overall and 12-0 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 15-8 mark and a 11-0 record in conference play. The Generals claimed the ODAC title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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