Trio of Polar Bear Tennis Players Named ITA Division III All-Americans
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Three Bowdoin College tennis players have been named All-American in awards handed out by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Wednesday.
For the women's team, Joulia Likhanskaia (Winter Park, Fla.) and Tiffany Cheng (Laguna Hills, Calif.) both earned singles recognition. Luke Trinka (Oak Park, Ill.) was selected as a singles All-American for the Polar Bear men.
On the women's side, Likhanskaia and Cheng mark the first time that two Bowdoin players have been awarded singles All-American recognition in the same campaign. Likhanskaia recorded a 19-3 mark this spring, tying the program record for wins by a first-year. Cheng, a sophomore, posted 20 victories this year and moved into a tie for fourth in school history for wins in a single season. Likhanskaia finished the year ranked 19th nationally in Division III while Cheng stood 20th, resulting in their selection as ITA All-Americans. It is the fourth consecutive year - and sixth time in the last seven seasons - that the Polar Bears have landed at least one player on the ITA Division III All-American team.
For the men, Trinka posted 16 wins this year, playing at primarily the #2 position for the Polar Bears. A sophomore, the highlight of his 2013-14 campaign came in the fall, when he cruised to the ITA New England Men's Tennis Tournament championship as an unseeded player. As a result, he garners his first All-American nod and becomes the first Polar Bear to garner national recognition since Oscar Pena in 2012.