For Seventh Consecutive Year, Bulldogs Post High Marks off the Court

Amber Li and Madeleine Hamilton. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Amber Li and Madeleine Hamilton. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Earns ITA All-Academic Team Award; Hamilton, Amber Li, Sullivan and Yu Earn ITA Scholar-Athlete Distinction

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's tennis team received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team Award for the seventh straight season this week, showing that its players excel off the court as well.  Additionally, four individual members of the squad were honored as ITA Scholar-Athletes for the 2013-14 season.   

This week's announcement by the ITA marks another 2013-14 season highlight for a team that went 6-1 in Ivy League play and finished second in the conference.   Yale is one of six Ancient Eight squads to earn the All-Academic Team Award this year, along with Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard and Penn.  Of these six schools, Yale features the third highest number of ITA Scholar-Athlete honorees, with four.  The Bulldogs narrowly best their own mark from the 2012-13 season (three Scholar-Athlete honorees). 

The four players earning Scholar-Athlete recognition are Madeleine Hamilton, Amber Li, Annie Sullivan and Hanna Yu Hamilton and Yu are two-time honorees, with Hamilton now recording a second-straight designation, while Li and Sullivan both earned this honor for the first time. 

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 meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity