AMHERST, Mass. – By virtue of their fantastic showings at the 2018 Division III NCAA Tennis Championships, four members of the Amherst College men's and women's tennis teams have been selected as Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All Americans.
Men's singles semifinalist Sean Wei '21, women's doubles semifinalists Avery Wagman '18 and Anya Ivenitsky '20 and women's singles #5 seed Camille Smukler '20 were all named All-American this month.
Wei was the 7th ranked player in the 32-athlete field in the men's singles individual draw. He knocked off players from University of Chicago, Carleton College and Emory College before falling in three sets to Jack Katzman of Claremont-Mudd Scripps.
Wagman and Ivenitsky, who also helped lead the Mammoths to a national quarterfinals appearance as a team, took down a tandem from Wisconsin Whitewater and the #4 seed duo of Lindsay Brown and Nicole Tan from host CMS before succumbing to eventual national champions, Julia Cancio and Juli Raventos of Williams College.
Smukler was the #5 seed entering the tournament and was named the ITA "Player to Watch" this year, playing at the top of the singles lineup for the Amherst women. She fought her way to a three-set victory over Marjorie Antohi of Chicago in the first round, but fell in the Round of 16 to Caroline Casper of Pomona-Pitzer.
The criteria for Division III ITA All-American honors includes either coming into the tournament as a top-8 seed (top-4 in doubles), winning a round in the NCAA Championships, or finishing ranked in the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings Top 20 (top-10 in doubles).
Players can also be named All-American by winning at the USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament or winning a match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.