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Hawley & Alsup honored as ITA All-Americans

(L-R) Lauren Hawley, Emma Alsup
(L-R) Lauren Hawley, Emma Alsup

TEMPE, Ariz. – After earning a spot in the Elite Eight at the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Doubles Championship, the senior doubles team of Lauren Hawley and Emma Alsup rounded out their Denison careers as ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Division III All-Americans.

Thanks to a 7-6 (5), 6-2 first round victory over Johns Hopkins' Anjie Kashyap and Sophia Strickland, Hawley and Alsup became the 24th and 25th women's All-Americans in program history, and the first Big Red doubles team to garner the honor since Alex Marcell and Sarah Short in 2012.

Joined by 45 additional Division III All-Americans in 2019, the senior tandem finished the 2018-19 season ranked 11th in the country and second in the ITA's central region after posting an overall record of 22-8, including a 16-5 mark as Denison's top flight. The duo also won seven of their last eight matches to end the season, with five of the victories coming against nationally ranked teams.

In three seasons as a team, Hawley and Alsup went 57-24 overall and 45-18 in No. 1 doubles. They have collected the first three NCAC Doubles Team of Year awards and were named to the All-NCAC doubles first-team in each of those three seasons. They were two-time qualifiers for the NCAC Women's Tennis Doubles Championship (2017 & 2019) and posted an 8-1 record against NCAC West Division competition.

As singles competitors, Hawley posted an overall mark of 57-46 while going 42-35 as DU's top flight singles player. She was a two-time national qualifier in singles competition while earning eight combined All-NCAC first-team accolades (singles & doubles). She was also named the NCAC Player of the Year in 2017 and the NCAC Newcomer of the Year in 2016.

For Alsup, she ended her time in Granville as an eight-time All-NCAC honoree (doubles & singles) with an overall singles record of 57-37 while going 36-22 in Denison's second flight. She was also a three-time honoree at the James T. Glerum Top-50 Honors Celebration and was a member of Denison's Diversity and Inclusion Athlete Advisory Group.

Denison women's tennis finished the 2018-19 season at 13-9 overall and went 3-0 in the NCAC West. They also ended the year ranked 26th in the nation, the program's highest ranking to end the season since 2016 (22nd).