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Women’s Tennis Falls in Round of Sixteen in First Trip to Nationals; McBryan Earns Top Academic Honor

Kelly McBryan playing tennis

In its first appearance at the NCAA Division II championship in school history, the women’s tennis team lost 5-0 to Armstrong Atlantic in the round of sixteen on May 11, 2011, in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The Crimson Hawks finished with a record of 21-7, setting a school mark for most wins in a season, and had the PSAC West and Atlantic Region Freshman of the Year in Tabtip Louhabanjong.

They also reached the championship match in the PSAC tournament and won a regional tournament for the first time in school history.

IUP did have one big win at nationals: the team’s Kelly McBryan received the Elite 88 academic-athletic award for the 2011 women’s tennis championship. She was honored at the championship banquet May 10.

The Elite 88 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average at each of the NCAA’s 88 championship events.

This is the second year the Elite 88 has been presented, and McBryan is the second IUP athlete to earn the award. Joe Rocco of the men’s basketball team received the award in 2010, when the men’s basketball team reached the NCAA Division II championship game.

McBryan, a Sport Administration major, has a 4.0 grade-point average. She is a junior academically and a sophomore athletically.

McBryan had a singles record of 17-9 this season, playing mostly at the fifth spot in singles. She has also won fifteen doubles matches, playing primarily with Ranvita Mahto in the second spot.

Find more information on the IUP Athletics website: Women’s Tennis.

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