Three Polar Bear Tennis Players Named ITA Division III All-Americans

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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 and Tiffany Cheng both earned singles recognition. Luke Trinka 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.