Tempe, Ariz. (July 22) -- The MIT women's tennis team has earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team honors, along with five individuals being named as ITA Scholar-Athletes. This marks the 17th consecutive season that the Engineers have been recognized with All-Academic Team accolades.
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 are junior captain Lara Rakocevic (Portland, Ore.), sophomores Megan Guenther (Willowbrook, Ill.), Vanessa Kitova (Beverly, Mass.) and Marina Zhang (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and first-year Ashley Teng (Tustin, Calif.). This is the second career Scholar-Athlete award for Rakocevic, Guenther, Kitova and Zhang.
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. The Engineers are one of seven NEWMAC teams to earn All-Academic Team honors in 2018-19.
On the court, the Engineers advanced to the program's second straight NCAA Elite Eight and third overall as the team finished 18-4 overall and 8-0 in league play. MIT defeated Babson College 5-0 in the NEWMAC Championship match to claim the program's fourth straight and 10th overall league crown, as well as an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. After earning a first-round bye and a second-round win over New Paltz, the Engineers avenged a regular-season loss to No. 7 ranked Bowdoin as MIT defeated the Polar Bears, 5-3, in the regional final.