WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has honored two key members of Alison Swain's Williams College 2017 NCAA Champions, senior Hannah Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) and junior Mia Gancayco (Potomac, MD).
Both Eph players won regional awards from the ITA and Atkinson also won a national award.
Hannah Atkinson was named the Most Improved Senior Player in the Northeast Region this year and most recently was named the National ITA Most Improved Senior. Atkinson is the first Eph player to be named Most Improved Senior Player regionally and nationally, while Maya Hart '16 was the first Eph to win regionally.
Mia Gancayco was named the Northeast Region winner of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Gancayco is the second Eph player to win the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, joining Rebecca Curran '15.
Atkinson was in and out of the lineup both her freshman and sophomore years. It wasn't until junior year that she permanently broke into the mix in both singles and doubles. This year, she has firmly established herself at No. 1 doubles and No. 4 singles (playing some No. 3). These are the highest spots Atkinson has played in the lineup. She has demonstrated much success at these higher spots, including doubles wins over ranked teams from Bowdoin, Middlebury, Pomona-Pitzer, and Washington & Lee.
In singles play Atkinson notched wins over top teams including Bowdoin, Amherst, Middlebury, Pomona-Pitzer, Wesleyan, and Chicago. and more. Her singles record at the time of the awards nominations was 17-3 in singles and 17-8 in doubles.
Atkinson finished the year with a record of 26-11 in doubles playing with first year Chloe Henderson and she posted a 21-7 mark in singles play. The Atkinson-Henderson duo earned All-America honors this spring.
"I am thrilled that Hannah won this award this year," stated Swain. "Hannah has made tennis a priority at Williams, but this year more so than any other. There were times we had to remind her to focus on herself because she put so much effort into making sure her teammates were getting what they needed to be at their best. She set the standard this year for work ethic, fitness, passion on the court, and leadership and that showed in her results all year long."
This year Mia Gancayco fashioned a singles record of 23-6 and a doubles ledger of 9-5. It was Gancayco who sealed the Ephs' dramatic comeback from a 4-1 deficit to a 5-4 win over Middlebury in the NCAA semifinals when she authored a straight set win. Gancayco also contributed another straight set win the NCAA title tilt when the Ephs defeated Emory 5-4 to win their 8th NCAA title in Alison Swain's 10 years at the Eph helm.
"Mia is involved in so many things on campus," marveled Swain. "She is passionate about her startup business, her computer science major, her work with Get Baked, tennis, and her friends. I'm so impressed by all that Mia takes on, and her energy. She brings so much positivity to our team and her relationships. Everyone knows we can count on her as a friend and a competitor."