Led by seven Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athletes, the Middlebury women's tennis team earned a 2017 ITA All-Academic Team Award for the hard work in the classroom.
The seven Panthers to earn individual honors featured a pair of recent graduates, three rising juniors as well as three rising sophomores. The players from the class of 2017 who were lauded for their academic work included Alexandra Fields (Coral Gables, Fla.) and Kaysee Orozco (New Milford, N.J.), while rising juniors Christina Puccinelli (New York, N.Y.) and Molly Paradies (Atlanta, Ga.) were also recognized. Rising sophomores Catherine Blazye (London, England), Heather Boehm (Miami, Fla.) and Maddi Stow (Wilton, Conn.) round out the individual honorees for Middlebury.
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). Scholar-Athlete status is awarded to those that have completed at least two collegiate semesters and maintained a GPA of at least 3.5 during the academic year.
As a team, Middlebury set a program record with 17 wins (17-5) record against many of the nation's top teams, advancing to the NCAA Semifinals before falling to eventual national champion Williams. The appearance marked the second-straight time and third overall in the program's history the Panthers advanced to the semifinals (2005, 2016, 2017). Middlebury finished 2016-17 ranked fourth nationally by the ITA and No. 2 in the Northeast region.