SCIAC Tennis Student-Athletes Garner ITA All-American Honors

SCIAC Tennis Student-Athletes Garner ITA All-American Honors

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Fourteen Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) men's and women's tennis student-athletes earned All-American status as recently announced the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

On the men's side, four players from the SCIAC earned All-American laurels in singles, including Nikolai Parodi and Jack Katzman of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS), Jed Kronenberg of Pomona-Pitzer, and Chase Lipscomb of Redlands. 

In doubles, the CMS tandem of Parodi and Julian Gordy, and Jake Berber and Parodi earned All-American honors, while the pairings of Varun Shanker and James Wei of Caltech also secured the distinction. 

Parodi, who helped lead CMS to the SCIAC Postseason Tournament title in 2018, was named the SCIAC Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season after having earned the honor as well as Newcomer of the Year praise as a first-year last season. The two-time First Team All-SCIAC honoree helped the Stags advance to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Championship, and advanced to the national semifinals in individual singles play. 

Katzman, a First Team All-SCIAC honoree in 2018, finished as the national runner-up in the individual championship to wrap-up a successful first year. Throughout the spring, Katzman put together an 18-4 singles record in dual matches out of the No. 2 spot. 

Kronenberg was voted the 2018 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year and all-conference first teamer after helping Pomona-Pitzer advance to the SCIAC Tournament championship contest. Kronenberg earned a slot in the NCAA individual championship and advanced to the quarterfinals where he lost to Katman, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. 

Redlands' Lipscomb was a First Team All-SCIAC selection following the 2018 season, while Gordy of CMS, and Shanker of Caltech also secured first team all-league praise. The Beavers' Wei was named Second Team All-SCIAC and teammed with Shanker in doubles during the NCAA individual championships. 

After helping Caltech clinch the third seed in the conference tournament, the duo advanced to the quarterfinals of the national tournament. In the round of 16, Parodi and Gordy suffered a three-set setback. 

On the women's side, Catherine Allen and Lindsay Brown of CMS, and Caroline Casper and Maryann Zhao of Pomona-Pitzer secured ITA All-American status in singles action. 

In doubles, the Athenas' duo of Brown and Nicole Tan, and the Sagehens' pairing of Zhao and Emily Chen hauled in All-American laurels. 

Allen was named the 2018 SCIAC Athlete of the Year and a First Team All-SCIAC honoree after helping CMS clinch the conference tournament crown. She then helped the Athenas secure the program's first-ever national team title following a 5-4 victory over Emory. 

In individual singles action, Allen advanced to the national semifinals where she fell to eventual runner-up Victoria Yu of Wesleyan, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Her Athenas' teammates Brown and Tan advanced to the quarterfinals of the national individual doubles tournament before falling to a team from Amherst. Brown and Tan were both named First Team All-SCIAC earlier in the season. 

After helping Pomona-Pitzer to a spot in the SCIAC Tournament final, Casper secured her place in the round of eight in the singles portion of the national individual tournament. Casper and Zhao were also First Team All-SCIAC selections following the 2018 campaign.