BYU-Hawaii has six named to ITA 2014 All-America Tennis Teams
SKILLMAN, New Jersey (May 30, 2014) -- The ITA has announced the 2014 All-America Teams for Men's and Women's NCAA Division II. BYU-Hawaii had six selections total, four from the women's team and two for the men, tied for the second-most among Division II.
To be selected a player must meet any of the following criteria to earn ITA All-America honors:
Singles: Finish in the Top 20 of the final ITA College Tennis Rankings
Doubles: Finish in the Top 10 of the final ITA College Tennis Rankings
BYU-Hawaii's four women's selections include Nannan (Dallas) Zhang and Min (Karen) Liu earning recognition in both doubles and singles. Teammates and doubles partners Marietta Tuionetoa and Marika Kobayashi earned the honor for their play in doubles. The Seasiders finished No. 4 overall after a 26-1 season and another trip to the national tournament.
Zhang finished the year ranked No. 4 in Division II with a perfect mark of 11-0 in singles. With her partner Liu in doubles, the duo went 16-0 to finish with a No. 1 ranking. Liu was 14-1 in singles play and finished ranked No. 8 nationally.
Tuionetoa and Kobayashi finished 2014 with a 16-2 record and a No. 10 ranking.
On the men's side, Martin Chojnacki and Yevhen Zakharov were recognized for their efforts in doubles.
The No. 4 ranked pairing went 18-2 during the year, including a win over the No. 1-ranked team at the time of Hawaii Pacific's Michnev/Thibaud.
BYU-Hawaii's men's team finished ranked No. 20 among Division II.