Tempe, Ariz. (July 26) -- Six members of the MIT women's tennis team have earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete honors, as announced by the ITA this week. In addition, the team overall has earned the ITA All-Academic Team award for having an overall cumulative team GPA of over a 3.20. As a group, the Engineers boast an impressive 3.70 grade point average, have captured All-Academic Team accolades for the 15th straight year and were one of seven NEWMAC teams to earn the team award.
Picking up Scholar-Athlete honors were junior Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.), freshman Effie Jia (San Ramon, Calif.), senior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.), freshman Serena Le (Aiea, Hawaii), junior Rena Liu (Oak Hill, Va.) and sophomore Kelly Zhu (Pearland, Texas). In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a student-athlete must be a varsity letterwinner, 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.
In 2016-17, the Engineers were under the direction of 19th-year head coach Carol Matsuzaki and finished the season ranked No. 22 in the final national rankings. MIT advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, captured the program's eighth conference title and had seven student-athletes earn All-Conference recognition. In addition, Matsuzaki was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the third straight season and the eighth time overall in her career.