Men's and Women's Tennis National Champs Named ITA All-Americans

Sophomore ITA All-American - Stephen Watson
Sophomore ITA All-American - Stephen Watson

Skillman, NJ---Recently coming off of back-to-back NJCAA Division I National Championships on both the men's and women's side, the ASA tennis program had two members of each team named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Junior College All-Americans this afternoon.  Three of the four Avengers  honored earned All-American status in both singles and doubles play.  

COMPLETE ITA ALL-AMERICAN LIST

Macarena Olivares (Fr./ Santiago, Chile) - Following the 2015 season, Olivares is currently ranked the #1 women's tennis player in the entire NJCAA and is part of a duo that is ranked the #1 doubles team in the NJCAA.  She is an NJCAA Division I National Champion in both Flight 1 singles and doubles, and a First Team All-American in both singles and doubles.  During the regular season, her only defeats were one to an NCAA Division I opponent in three sets and two defeats to highly ranked NCAA Division II oppoenents, one of which in three sets.  Olivares did not lose one set suring the NJCAA National Championships and won the final in convincing (6-2, 6-1) fashion.

Megane Bianco (Fr./Neuchatel, Switzerland) - Also an NJCAA Division I National Champion in Flight 2 singles and Flight 1 doubles and a First Team NJCAA All-American in both singles and doubles, Bianco is currently ranked the #9 women's tennis player in the NJCAA and joins Olivares in the top spot in doubles as her partner.  She only suffered four losses in singles during the regular season, all at the hands of NCAA Division I and Division II oppoenents.  Bianco would also not lose a set during the entire NJCAA Division I National Championships and cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 finals victory.  

Callum Poland-Smith (Fr./London, England) - Following the 2015 season, Poland-Smith is currently ranked the #1 men's tennis player in the NJCAA in both singles and is part of a duo that is the ranked the #1 doubles team in the NJCAA.  He is an NJCAA Division I National Champion in both Flight 1 singles and doubles, and a First Team All-American in both singles and doubles.  He only suffered two defeats the entire regular season, one of wehich he would avenge in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division I National Championships, and the other to the #9 NCAA Division II player in the nation.  Entering the NJCAA nationals as the #5 seed, Poland-Smith would go on to defeat the #4 and then the #1 seed in the semifinal round before cruising to a 6-1, 6-4 victory for the Flight 1 singles national title.  

Stephen Watson (So., Orlando, FL) - A repeat NJCAA Division I team champion, Watson took home an NJCAA Division I Flight 3 singles title and a Flight 1 doubles title with partner Callum Poland-Smith, ranking them the #1 doubles team in the NJCAA by the ITA.  He would be named a First Team NJCAA All-American for both feats.  He ended his ASA career ranked the #18 singles player in the NJCAA by the ITA.  Watson did not lose a set the entire NJCAA national tournament, dropping only ten games the entire week!