Six CMS Women's Tennis Players Capture ITA All-America Honors
CLAREMONT, Calif. - Alisha Chulani earned All-America Honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in both singles and doubles for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team, while Katherine Wurster (singles), Audrey Yoon (singles), Nikolina Batoshvili (doubles), Lindsay Eisenman (doubles), and Gabby Lee (doubles) each captured All-America distinction as well, the organization announced this week.
CMS, which won its second straight national title with a 5-3 win over Chicago on May 17, had more players honored on the All-America teams than any other program. Carnegie Mellon was the only other school to have three singles players selected, while Sewanee, Chicago and Trinity (Texas) each joined CMS with two doubles teams on the list.
Chulani earned her way onto both All-America lists with her performances playing at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles (with Batsohvili) for the Athenas. She reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III singles championship after going 3-0 in singles during the run to the NCAA team title, earning her singles All-America honors. She also joined Batoshvili at No. 7 in the final ITA Division III doubles rankings, earning her a sweep of both All-America lists (the top 10 doubles teams in the final poll are each represented on the list).
Yoon, meanwhile, earned her spot by advancing to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Division III singles championship, earning a tough 7-5, 7-6 win over Ida Krouse of NYU before withdrawing with an injury. She finished the year with a 24-2 record in singles, including 19-1 in dual matches, mostly playing at the No. 2 position.
Wurster captured All-America honors in singles by winning the ITA West Regional championship in the fall, defeating top seeded Angie Zhou of Pomona-Pitzer in the finals in three sets, who went on to win the NCAA singles title in the spring. Wurster finished her rookie season with an 18-9 singles record, often playing at the No. 1 spot for the Athenas.
Eisenman and Lee also earned All-America honors for their fall performance, winning the ITA West Regional title (10-8 in a third-set tiebreaker over teammates Alisha Chulani and Devon Wolfe) and then advancing to the quarterfinals of the ITA Cup. Eisenman went on to win her last 21 doubles matches in a row, including 5-0 in the NCAA Tournament playing with Ella Brissett. She also won her last 17 singles matches and finished her debut season with a combined record of 54-6 (25-3 singles, 29-3 doubles).
CMS finished the season with a 27-1 overall record, and a 23-match win streak that carried through the national title win. It was the second national championship in a row for the Athenas and the third in the last four tournaments they've participated in.