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August 8, 2013

Curran, Elkins & Shoemaker Earn ITA All-America honors

SKILLMAN, NJ -- Three players on the 2013 NESCAC and NCAA Champion Williams women's tennis team garnered All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The doubles pairing of sophomore Rebecca Curran and junior Kara Shoemaker, Kara Shoemaker in singles play and junior Kathleen Elkins in singles play.

"All three of these women had a breakout year in 2012-2013," said Eph head coach Alison Swain. "Their commitment to the team, improving their own games, and rising to the challenge of moving up in the lineup, truly brought out their best tennis."

The NESCAC and NCAA champion Ephs compiled a record of 23-4 and closed out the season on a nine-match win streak.

Kathleen Elkins was 18th nationally and 10th in the region this year. She was undefeated as the number two singles player for the Ephs. "Kathleen is an unmatched competitor." Swain noted. "She is constantly improving her own technique, fitness level, and tactics, which has enabled her to achieve a truly remarkable record at #2 singles. I am so glad that she had an opportunity to be challenged more this year, and it was inspiring to see that challenge lead to raising her own game on more than one occasion."

Elkins this year compiled a singles record of 74-6 and a doubles mark of 64-15.

Rebecca Curran '15
Kathleen Elkins '14
Kara Shoemaker '14

As a singles competitor, Kara Shoemaker finished the year ranked fifth nationally and third in the region. "Kara's singles play this spring was simply put, consistent," Swain remarked. "Playing #1 singles against the top players in the strongest region in the country week in and week out is incredibly challenging both mentally and physically. To look back at Kara's record and ranking and see that she was never upset by a lower ranked player and then beat a player who she previously had never taken a set off of, shows the level of improvement, focus, and determination that Kara played with all spring."

Shoemaker posted a singles record of 60-22 and doubles ledger of 52-26 this year.

The doubles pairing of Shoemaker and Curran was astonishingly dominant for being only first year partners. They finished ranked number five in the nation and number two in the region. "Rebecca and Kara clicked day one this past fall as a doubles team," Swain stated. "They have great team chemistry and aggressive styles of play that match up very well. More importantly, they were both excited to take some risks to really improve their doubles tactics to become one of the best doubles teams in the country."

Curran played at three singles for the Ephs and compiled a record 43-16 and was 49-12 in doubles play.

"I know that the results, rankings, and individual wins that these three athletes achieved are a reflection of how our entire team inspires, supports and pushes each other day in and day out at practice," Swain concluded.

A player must meet any of the following criteria to earn ITA All-America honors:

Singles

1.) Top 8 seed in NCAA singles tournament

2.) Win one round at NCAA singles tournament

3.) Finish in the Top 20 in the final ITA Rankings

4.) Win USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament

5.) Wins first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships (including players who receive at-large invitations to the tournament)

Doubles

1.) Top 4 seed in NCAA doubles tournament

2.) Win one round at NCAA doubles tournament

3.) Finish in the Top 10 in the final ITA Rankings

4.) Win USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament

5.) Wins first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships (including teams who receive at-large invitations to the tournament)

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