May 18, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College women's tennis team earned two Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) postseason awards as senior Erina Kikuchi was named ITA Northeast Senior of the Year and assistant coach Katie McNamara was named ITA Northeast Assistant Coach of the Year.
Kikuchi, a New York City native was ranked 103rd in the nation as a singles player. She finished the regular season with an 11-7 dual singles record, 25-15 overall (including tournaments), going 4-5 in the No. 1 position. She earned ACC Player of the Week honors, the first for a BC player, on April 10 for defeating her first ranked opponents of the season and helping the Eagles to a 2-0 weekend, including a 5-2 victory over NC State. She was also named to the All-ACC team at the end of the 2012 season. The senior compiled a 90-74 career record at BC in singles and doubles play.
McNamara has coached 11 seasons as assistant. A member of BC's class of 1987, she was the first player to attend Boston College on a full tennis scholarship. During her tenure as a student-athlete, she won three BIG EAST singles championships and was the first BC individual to qualify for the NCAA Championships. She helped lead the Eagles to a 10-13 overall record, 3-8 in the tough ACC. The Eagles finished eighth overall in the conference, their best finish since joining the competitive league.
The ITA Senior Player of the Year Award recognizes the player in their last year of athletic eligibility who has contributed the most to their team in the area of leadership, sportsmanship, tennis performance and tennis improvement during his collegiate career. This player must also be ranked among the top 50 players in the national rankings during his/her final year.
The ITA Assistant Coach of the Year Award goes to an assistant coach for his or her contributions to the game of tennis, as well as for their team's performance during the current year and their coaching career.