SKILLMAN, NJ – Williams College senior women's team tri-captain Kristin Alotta (West Islip [NY] HS] has been named the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Senior Player of the Year Award.
Alotta has played a crucial role in her team's NCAA championship seasons in all four years of her collegiate career and most recently helped extend the Eph win streak of NCAA titles to five at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Cary, NC.
"I think Kristin's tennis resume speaks for itself," said Eph head coach Alison Swain '01 who has guided the Ephs the record of five consecutive NCAA titles.
"I was so proud of her getting wins in singles and doubles yesterday [in 5-2 win over U. Chicago in NCAA title match] because I know how much it means to her for the team to win," continued Swain.
Alotta posted an impressive freshman singles mark of 29-1, earning All-NESCAC singles recognition. She helped her team claim the NCAA Division III Championship that season by winning her singles match in the Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals.
Moving up in both the singles and doubles lineup her sophomore year, Alotta combined for a stellar 49 wins on the season, including winning the USTA/ITA Northeast Region Singles Championship. Alotta owns the Eph record for most consecutive wins in singles play, 41. She was named an ITA All-American singles player, along with excelling in the classroom, earning ITA Scholar Athlete honors.
Her junior season was another successful year. She earned All-NESCAC singles honors for the third consecutive season, along with being named an ITA All-American singles player.
Alotta saved perhaps her best season for her senior year en route to becoming just the second player in program history to reach 100 singles wins in a career. She is also known as the greatest source of on-court energy for her team, providing positive emotion to all of the other players in the lineup.
In the NCAA Third Round match win over Tufts, 5-0, Alotta raised her total of career wins at Williams to 200 with 106 singles victories and 94 in doubles play.
Alotta is currently in competing in the NCAA Singles Tournament, where year ago she advanced to the semifinals.
Alotta is the second Williams women's player to win the award in the last three years, joining Grace Baljon '10.