Trinity Women's Tennis Players And Team Collect Awards For Academics And Sportsmanship

Trinity Women's Tennis Players And Team Collect Awards For Academics And Sportsmanship

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College women's tennis junior tri-captains Ania Aliev (Needham, Mass.), Vanja Babunski (Belgrade, Serbia) and Emily Curtis (Milton, Mass.), as well as classmates Sara Curtis (Milton, Mass.), Sydney Schonefeld (Tiburon, Calif.), and rookies Julia Brogan (Falmouth, Maine) and Jillian Winer (Bolton, Mass.) were each named to the 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team thanks to their hard work in the classroom during the 2016-17 season. All five upperclassmen were also named to the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Spring All-Academic Team, and Aliev represented Trinity women's tennis on the 2017 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.  The Bantams, coached by Lori Shulman (2nd Season), earned 2017 ITA All-Academic Team honors for having a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale).  Trinity was 6-9 overall and 1-6 in the NESCAC in 2016-17.

More than 3,900 scholar-athletes were recognized across all divisions, along with over 720 all-academic teams.  In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).  To be honored as NESCAC All-Academic, an individual must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35.

Aliev was 5-10 as a singles starter in 2016-17 in the lower half of the Trinity lineup, and added a 3-12 mark in doubles matches.  She is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree.  A graduate of the Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School, Aliev is majoring in psychology at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Serguei Aliev and Inna Goussiatnikova.  Babunski posted a 9-6 record this spring at the the top of the Trinity singles ladder, leading the Bantams in singles winning percentage, and was also 8-7 in doubles as Trinity's top tandem with Brogan this season in her third season as a singles and doubles starter for the Bantams.  A two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Babunski qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division III National Singles Championships as an alternate and is a member of the Serbian National Team.  Babunski graduated from Treca Beogradska Gimnazija and is majoring in environmental science at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Vesna and Djordje Babunski.

Emily Curtis was 1-3 in singles play and led the Bantams in doubles winning percentage with a 4-1 record in 2016-17 while appearing on the NESCAC All-Academic squad for the second year in a row.  A graduate of Ursuline Academy, Curtis is majoring in economics at Trinity.  She is the daughter of David and Susann Curtis.  Sara Curtis was 3-2 in singles and 3-5 in doubles in 2016-17 and graces the NESCAC All-Academic squad for the second year in a row.  A graduate of Ursuline Academy, Curtis is majoring in political science at Trinity.  She is the daughter of David and Susann Curtis.  Schoenefeld posted a 1-1 mark in her two varsity singles matches in 2016-17, and is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection.  A graduate of Redwood High School, Schonefeld is majoring in urban studies at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Cristene and Robert Schonefeld.

Brogan was a solid rookie starter for the Bantams, recording a 6-134 singles record, predominantly at the No. 2 spot in the singles lineup, and led Trinity in doubles wins with a 10-10 record while playing at the top of the ladder with Babunski.  A graduate of Falmouth High School, Brogan is majoring in economics at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Joel and Marcia Brogan.  Winer paced the Bantams in singles wins with an 11-8 singles record as a rookie starter in the middle of the lineup, and was also a doubles starter with a final season mark of 7-14.  A graduate of Nashoba High School, she is the daughter of Steve and Mary Ellen Winer.

NESCAC All-Sportsmanship information

NESCAC All-Academic information

ITA All-Academic information