W&L Tennis Teams Earn ITA All-Academic Honors

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TEMPE, Ariz. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2018 All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes on Tuesday, 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, all 15 players garnered the Scholar-Athlete Award. Among those to earn the Scholar-Athlete Award were recent graduates Michelle Fleenor (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Girls Preparatory School), Claudia Kesala (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista) and Emily Kochard (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle), rising seniors 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) and DeeDee Aeschliman (Alexandria, Va. / International School of Manila), rising juniors Hannah Archer (Cornelius, N.C./Lake Norman Charter), Lauren Hassell (Mendham, N.J. / West Morris Mendham), Lily Horsley (Richmond, Va. / St. Catherine's School), Madison Hutchins (Atlanta, Ga./The Westminster School) and Anna Kreynin (Mequon, Wis./Homestead), and rising sophomores Ashton Jenne (Cleveland, Tenn. / Baylor School), Valerie Marshall (Arlington, Va. / Yorktown) and Gabby Moore (Davidson, N.C. / William Amous Hough).

Kesala and Kochard were both honored for the fourth time in their careers, while Hill, McNeal and Aeschliman were named to the ITA Scholar-Athlete team for a third time.  Archer, Hutchins and Kreynon were honored for the second time in as many seasons.

On the men’s side, six student-athletes were tabbed for the ITA Scholar-Athlete Award, including recent graduates Justin Gillette (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) and Michael Lukas (Manitowoc, Wis. / University School of Milwaukee), rising juniors Jack Johnson (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) and Mitchell Thomas (Houma, La./Vandebilt Catholic), and rising sophomores Tye Loan (Bremerton, Wash. / Olympic) and Noah Tapp (Lexington, Ky. / Henry Clay).

Gillette was named a Scholar-Athlete for the third time, while Johnson and Thomas garnered the award for a second time.

In all, the ITA honored 735 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. Additionally, more than 4,300 athletes were recognized across all divisions with the Scholar-Athlete Award. 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 tremendous success during the 2017-18 school year. The women finished 19-8 overall and 11-0 in league play, claiming the ODAC title and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The W&L men completed the year with a 13-7 mark and a 9-0 record in conference play. The Generals claimed the ODAC title and also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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