Chen, Smukler, Bukzin Snag ITA All-American Honors

Chen, Smukler, Bukzin Snag ITA All-American Honors

TEMPE, Ariz. – Kelsey Chen '19, Camille Smukler '20, and Jackie Bukzin '22 of Amherst College women's tennis were selected as Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III All-Americans after their emphatic showings in the 2019 NCAA DIII Championships.

Smukler returns to the All-American ballot for the third consecutive season as the Villanova, Pennsylvania native has landed the national honor for every season she's been in the Purple & White. The number two singles player for the Mammoths held a 13-4 mark in dual match action, helping lead Amherst women's tennis to a 14-6 overall record and finishing as a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinalist and an NCAA Quarterfinalist.

After going 2-0 in the team competition, Smukler was selected to compete in the NCAA Individual Championship. The three-time All-NESCAC honoree concluded the season 15th in the nation for singles action and seventh in the Northeast after becoming the first member of Amherst women's tennis team since 2014 (Jordan Brewer) to reach the semifinals of the individual competition. 

Bukzin, who saw a decorated first-year which included an ITA Regional Championship and being selected as the 2019 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, receives her first national praise as an ITA All-American for singles and doubles. Bukzin notched an 8-5 dual-match record as the number one player for the Purple & White, sweeping seven out of those eight wins in first two sets.

At the NCAA Individual Championship, Bukzin battled University of Chicago's Marjorie Antohi and claimed the opening set before bowing to Antohi after she claimed the final two. Bukzin was tabbed as the ITA Northeast Rookie of the Year and finished eighth in the nation for singles, while placing seventh in doubles competition.

Chen fought alongside Bukzin as the tandem recorded a 10-5 overall record at number one and were placed fourth in the region for doubles. The San Diego, California native helped lead the Mammoths to the opening wins of the NCAA Championship after downing her opponents 8-4, 8-2 in their regional pod.

Chen registers her first national accolade after totaling out her senior campaign with a 6-1 record in conference and 13 wins in dual-match play, including an eight match win-streak during the middle of the season. During her four years, Chen was a two-time All-NESCAC recipient and aided in the Mammoths three NCAA Quarterfinals berths.

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 

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