Women's Tennis Earns ITA All-Academic Team Honors; Three Named as Scholar-Athletes

Headshots of Megan Guenther, Vanessa Kitova and Yuka Perera.
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Cambridge, Mass. (July 30) -- MIT women's tennis junior Megan Guenther (Willowbrook, Ill.), junior Vanessa Kitova (Beverly, Mass.) and first-year Yuka Perera (Santa Barbara, Calif.) have been named as Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athletes. In addition, the women's tennis team has earned All-Academic Team honors for the 18th straight season.

In 2020, 1058 Division III Women student-athletes were named an ITA Scholar-Athlete and 175 women's tennis programs were awarded All-Academic Team distinction.

For both Guenther and Kitova, this marks the third time in their careers that they have earned Scholar-Athlete distinction.

To be named an ITA Scholar-Athlete, one must meet the following requirements:
- Have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year
- Be listed on the institutional eligibility form

To be named as an ITA All-Academic Team, programs must meet the following requirements:
- Have a team grade point average of 3.2 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
- All student-athletes included should be listed on the institutional eligibility form
- All varsity letter winners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year

On the court in 2019-20, the Engineers finished the season ranked No. 9 in the final Division III National Poll, tying the program's highest-ever year end ranking.

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