CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women's tennis team was recognized for its success in the classroom last season when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its academic award winners for 2012-13. The Engineers were recognized as an ITA All-Academic Team and had 10 individuals named as ITA Scholar Athletes. One of three teams from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to receive the team award, it is the 10th time, and the sixth consecutive year, that the Engineers have been honored as a team.
MIT led the NEWMAC with its 10 individual honors. Caitlin Pomeroy '13 (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) earned her fourth Scholar Athlete distinction, becoming the fifth MIT women's tennis student-athlete to be honored all four years with the award. Senior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) was honored for the third time, while Candace Wu '13 (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) each were selected for a second time. Senior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas), who was also an ITA All-American in 2013, was named a Scholar Athlete for the first time in her career. Joining her as first time recipients were junior Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) and sophomores Alana Peters (Kenilworth, Ill.), Ava Soleimany (Newport Beach, Calif.), Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) and Iris Zhuang (Allen, Texas).
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letter winner; 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.