ITA Recognizes Sullivan and Alberstone With Division III Awards

ITA Recognizes Sullivan and Alberstone With Division III Awards

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Bowdoin College tennis players Stephen Sullivan (Miami, Fla.) and Kellen Alberstone (Tarzana, Calif.) picked up prestigious national honors given by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association at the NCAA Championship on Thursday evening. Sullivan was awarded the ITA Senior Men's Player of the Year while Alberstone was named the ITA National Player to Watch.

Both players qualified for nationals and will open play in California on Friday.

Sullivan, a four-time First Team All-NESCAC selection, posted a 17-4 overall record and 14-3 mark in dual match play this year. The 2008 NESCAC Rookie of the Year also netted the NESCAC's Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award, given annually to the individual who best combined and displayed a high standard of tennis coupled with the highest levels of sportsmanship and was tabbed as the ITA Northeast Senior Player of the Year. He is the first Bowdoin player to earn the honor after joining McAfee Burke '05 and current head coach Colin Joyner '03 as the Northeast region recipient.

Alberstone was recognized as Bowdoin's first recipient of the National Player to Watch Award. The ITA Player to Watch Award goes to a player who has an outstanding season and is expected to perform at a high level the rest of his or her career. This award's criteria also includes a player's sportsmanship and character. A sophomore, Alberstone is off to a fantastic start to her career after recording a 16-6 mark as Bowdoin's top singles player this spring. She ended the year ranked 4th in the New England rankings.