Fueled by all 11 players being named Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athletes, the Middlebury women's tennis team also earned a 2019 ITA All-Academic Team Award for its hard work in the classroom. The team combined to finish the 2018-19 season with a 3.74 cumulative grade point average, ranking among the top teams in Division III.
The 11 Panthers to earn individual honors featured a recent graduate, five rising seniors, two rising juniors and three rising sophomores. Graduate Christina Puccinelli (New York, N.Y.) was honored, while the players from the class of 2020 included Catherine Blazye (London, England), Heather Boehm (Miami, Fla.), Katherine Hughes (Haddonfield, N.J.), Skylar Schossberger (Eagle, Idaho) and Maddi Stow (Wilton, Conn.). Rising juniors Emily Bian (Austin, Texas) and Ann Martin Skelly (Charleston, S.C.), along with sophomores Nora Dahl (Oslo, Norway), Emma Gorman (Lac-Beauport, Que.) and Ruhi Kamdar (Singapore) rounded 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 3.50 during the academic year.
In late May, seven Panthers were also named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference's (NESCAC) Spring All-Academic Team. Puccinelli was also selected as a Google Cloud College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American At-Large First Team selection, the first in program history to earn the accolade.
As a team, Middlebury set a program record with 19 wins (19-3) record against many of the nation's top teams, advancing to the NCAA Semifinals in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The appearance marked the fourth-straight time and fifth overall in program history that the Panthers advanced to the semifinals (2005, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). Middlebury finished the 2018-19 season ranked fourth nationally by the ITA and No. 2 in the Northeast region.