Amherst Trio Earns ITA All-America Honors

Contact: Justin Long

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AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College women’s tennis standouts Laura Danzig ’12, Gabby Devlin ’14 and Jordan Brewer ’14 put the finishing touch on an outstanding 2011-12 season by earning spots on the ITA Division III All-America Team today.

Danzig highlighted Amherst’s honorees by earning All-America status in both singles and doubles play for the second time in three years, while Devlin and Brewer were each recognized for their success in doubles competition.

Finishing her impressive career as the eighth-ranked singles player in all of Division III, Danzig played a pivotal role in helping the Lord Jeffs earn 80 dual match wins, three NESCAC titles and two NCAA finals appearances in four years. Making a second trip to the NCAA singles tournament, she won a pair of matches before dropping a three-set thriller in the quarterfinals.

Danzig saw even more success in doubles action this year, as she concluded the 2011-12 season by joining Devlin to keep the NCAA title in Amherst’s possession. After teaming up for a 10-4 record in dual matches, the Lord Jeff pair stormed through the national doubles tournament with a 4-0 record to earn the ITA’s No. 1 ranking.

This marked the second consecutive year in which Devlin wrapped up her season as an NCAA champion, as she has made quite a name for herself in only two years with the Lord Jeffs. This year’s title was even more impressive for Devlin, who sat out the fall season with an injury but was able to return to the top of the lineup.

Despite being unseeded in the 16-team national tournament, Danzig and Devlin knocked off the top-ranked pair from the West region and avenged a pair of losses to Emory’s Gabrielle Clark and Zahra Dawson in the finals. Amherst’s four doubles crowns on the women’s side are the second most in Division III, as only Pomona-Pitzer has claimed more.

Although an injury forced Brewer to miss the final month of the 2011-12 season, she still managed to earn All-America honors for the second consecutive year. In addition to teaming up with Devlin to win last year’s NCAA doubles tournament as a first-year, Brewer earned a 2011 All-America selection in singles play as one of the top-ranked players in Division III.

Brewer earned All-America status this year by joining Danzig to win the USTA/ITA New England Regional doubles tournament back in October. Seeded second in the 32-team field, the Lord Jeff duo earned a spot in the finals with wins against pairs from Wellesley, Williams, Tufts and Middlebury. Facing the Ephs’ Nancy Worley and Kara Shoemaker in the final round, Brewer and Danzig finished strong by scoring an 8-5 decision for one of their three tournament titles in the fall.

A complete list of this year’s All-America honorees can be found on the ITA website. The criteria for All-America selection is included below.

A player must meet any of the following criteria to earn ITA All-America honors:

Singles
1. Top 8 seed in NCAA singles tournament
2. Win one round at NCAA singles tournament
3. Finish in the Top 20 in the final ITA Rankings
4. Win ITA Fall Regional Tournament
5. Win first-round match at ITA National Small College Championships

Doubles
1. Top 4 seed in NCAA doubles tournament
2. Win one round at NCAA doubles tournament
3. Finish in the Top 10 in the final ITA Rankings
4. Win ITA Fall Regional Tournament
5. Win first-round match at ITA National Small College Championships