The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2019 NCAA Division III All-American singles and doubles teams on Thursday, June 6. Four North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) women’s tennis student-athletes were on the list, including Denison seniors Emma Alsup (Nashville, TN/Harpeth Hall), Lauren Hawley (Dayton, OH/Archbishop Alter) and Kenyon sophomore Erika Oku (Hinsdale, IL/Hinsdale Central) and senior Maggie Sweeney (Grosse Pointe, MI/Grosse Pointe South).
Alsup and Hawley were tabbed ITA All-Americans in the doubles department this season. The two combined for a 22-8 record, including a 3-0 mark in conference play. Hawley and Alsup were named the NCAC Doubles Team of the Year and All-NCAC first-team selections. The pair also advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship in Kalamazoo, MI.
Kenyon’s Sweeney was named an All-American in doubles play, while Oku nabbed singles and doubles distinctions. The duo combined for a 19-10 record this season, including a 14-6 dual record. Sweeney ends her career with 66 doubles wins, 12th-most all-time at Kenyon. Sweeney and Oku were named to the All-NCAC doubles first team while Oku also garnered NCAC Player of the Year and first-team honors in singles play. Oku finished her 2018-19 campaign with a 17-7 record in singles action, 14-3 at the No. 1 position.
The selection criteria for Division III All-Americans is the following: top-8 seed in the NCAA singles tournament, win one round at the NCAA singles tournament, finish in the Top 20 in the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, win USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. All-American honors are awarded to doubles teams that are a top-4 seed in NCAA doubles tournament, win one round at the NCAA doubles tournament, finish in the Top 10 in the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, win the USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.