Women's tennis places four players on ITA Scholar-Athlete list

Bella Stone (left) and Maisie Silverman (right) joined teammates Hannah Sweeney and Morgan Woods in receiving 2018 Scholar-Athlete honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on July 24, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Bates women's tennis program was represented for the second year in a row by recent graduate Maisie Silverman, as well as rising senior Bella Stone, rising sophomore Hannah Sweeney and rising senior Morgan Woods on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's list of 2018 All-Academic Scholar Athletes that was released Tuesday.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).

Silverman (Brunswick, Maine), Stone (Concord, Mass.), Sweeney (Franklin, Mass.) and Woods (Sarasota, Fla.) led the Bobcats to winning the ITA All-Academic Team award as well. The award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All varsity letter winners were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2017 and spring 2018).

Silverman captained the team and played No. 1 singles and doubles for the second year in a row, and in March she was named a finalist for the ITA Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award. Stone teamed with Silverman at No. 1 doubles and also played No. 3 singles for the Bobcats, while Sweeney had an outstanding rookie season at No. 2 singles and doubles.