Wilson ITA Coach of the Year

Paige Madara | Washington University in St. Louis

Since returning to WashU, Madara has guided the Bears to the NCAA Team Championship and has had several singles players and doubles teams earn bids to the NCAA Individual Championships.Since returning to WashU, Madara has guided the Bears to the NCAA Team Championship and has had several singles players and doubles teams earn bids to the NCAA Individual Championships. This season, Madara has led the Bears to an impressive 19-4 record, which included defeating No. 13 Case Western Reserve University 5-2 to finish third in the UAA Championships. It is the highest finish for WashU at the UAA Championship since 2016 when it finished second.

ITA Assistant Coach of the Year

Stephanie Yanosov | Wesleyan University

Stephanie Yanosov has been a huge part of the Wesleyan Women’s Tennis Team culture and success. She helped lead the team to an undefeated regular season and 15-0 record (including 10-0 in the NESCAC). Yanosov continually goes above and beyond in her commitment to the program and, even more so, every individual student-athlete on our team.

ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship

Katherine Almquist | Skidmore College

Katherine always puts others and the team before herself. She is very good at identifying if something or someone is off and is quick to remedy it with a conversation or a simple check-in. She is also very good at communicating with coaching staff to make aware of anything that’s going on, to get advice, and to make sure the culture on the team is the best it can be. She also leads by example by working hard every day, even when she’s not feeling 100%. She is willing to hold herself responsible if she feels that she can do better, which is often from over-analyzing herself to a fault. On the court, Almquist has a 41-24 career singles record, playing at the No. 1 through 5 singles positions. She was the 2021 ITA Northeast Regional semi-finalist and is has been award three time All-Conference in singles. She has a 3.5 GPA, majoring in environmental Science and minoring in International Affairs and Spanish. She plans to continue her studies in a masters program at Northwestern in the fall.

ITA Rookie of the Year

Maegan Deng | Redlands University

This season, Maegan Deng posted a 13-6 singles record (11-5 in duals) and a 16-8 doubles record (11-6 in duals). Deng’s singles wins include beating opponents ranked at No. 14, 15, 24 and 31 and in doubles No. 6, 10 and 12. Her only losses were from players ranking in the top 7 of the ITA Rankings. In the latest ITA rankings, Deng came in at No. 11 nationally in singles and No. 13 nationally in doubles.

ITA Most Improved Player

Zoe Kava | Tufts University

Zoe Kava showed drastic improvement throughout her time on the Tufts team. As a freshman, Kava played at No. #6 singles and was not included in the doubles line-up. During her sophomore and junior years, Kava played in the middle of the singles line-up and the No. 2 and 3 doubles, and earned all-conference honors during her junior year. This year, as senior captain, Zoe led the team at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, and did so with a lot of success. Kava is a fierce competitor and hard worker. Her game has become so much more dynamic each year. As a freshman, she came in as a grinding baseliner and has since added more variety to her game. Kava is now coming to net more effectively in singles and being more of a presence at net on the doubles court. Her grit and desire to win pushes others to be better. She has developed into an outstanding leader in her senior year.

ITA Senior Player of the Year

Hannah Kassaie | Case Western Reserve University

This season, Hannah Kassaie had a 23-4 singles record and is 25-2 in doubles. Looking at her entire career, she has over 125 total wins. She holds the program record for most singles wins all-time and is third all-time in doubles wins. She has received many notable awards including four-time All University Athletic Association First Team honors, 2023 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Elite 90 Award winner, named the 2023 College Sports Communicators Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for Division III Women’s Tennis, and is currently a finalist for the 2024 ITA Sally Ride STEM Award. Currently, Hannah is ranked #2 in both singles and doubles regionally as well as nationally at #4 in doubles and #9 in singles.

ITA Player to Watch

Matia Cristiani | Babson College

Matia Cristiani went 24-1 in singles and 26-2 in doubles during the 2023-2024 season. She made the finals of the ITA Fall Nationals in doubles and the semifinals in singles. As a first year, Cristiani made the Round of 16 in the NCAA singles and the finals in doubles. Cristiani is currently ranked No. 2 nationally in both singles and doubles rankings, and is undefeated in conference play.

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