MEDFORD - For the second straight year, Mina Karamercan of the Tufts University women's tennis team has been named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America Team.
Last year, Karamercan was an All-American in doubles play with teammate Lauren Louks. This year in her sophomore season, Karamercan is one of 28 players in Division III who was announced as a singles All-American today.
Karamercan finished the 2016-17 season as the 17th-ranked singles player in Division III. The Istanbul, Turkey native finished the year with an 18-9 record in singles play. She was also one of 32 qualifiers for the NCAA Division III Singles Championship and played primarly at #1 for a Jumbo team that advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16."
During the year, Karamercan had two wins over other players who were announced as All-Americans today. Against NCAA finalist Emory University on April 14, Karamercan defeated Bridget Harding in #1 singles 6-4 and 6-2. Harding finished the year ranked sixth nationally in singles. Then on April 21 versus Bowdoin College, Karamercan defeated Joulia Likhanskaia at #1 6-3, 7-6 (5). The Polar Bear player finished with the #11 national ranking in singles.
In the New England Small College Athletic Conerence (NESCAC) this year, Karamercan was named to the All-Conference first team in singles action and the second team on the doubles side.
Head coach Kate Bayard's Jumbos finished 15-7 overall and had a 6-3 mark against conference teams. Tufts was ranked #7 in the final ITA Division III women's national poll.