Karamercan, Popa Receive 2018 ITA All-American Honors for Women's Tennis

MEDFORD – Juniors Mina Karamercan and Otilia Popa of the Tufts University women's tennis team have been named 2018 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Americans.

Karamercan received the honors for both singles and doubles. This is the third time in as many years at Tufts that Karamercan has been an ITA All-American. She was honored in doubles as a freshman in 2016 and as a singles player last season. With this year's two recognitions, she has received four All-American awards in total.

Popa, who teamed up with Karamercan this season, was recognized for doubles. It is her first All-American accolade.

This marks the second time in three seasons that two Jumbos have earned All-American honors in the same year. Lauren Louks joined Karamercan as a doubles All-American in 2016.

There are five criteria by which NCAA Division III singles players can receive All-American honors, and Karamercan met two of them. She won a round at the NCAA singles tournament and also finished in the top 20 in the final Oracale / ITA College Tennis Rankings for 2017-18.

In her first singles match at NCAA's on May 24, Karamercan earned a 6-1, 6-4 straight-set win over Grace Deering from Washington University in St. Louis. Karamercan is at #12 in the final singles rankings for the year that were released on June 5.

Among the doubles criteria that had to be met for All-American honors, Karamercan and Popa finished in the Top 10 in the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. They are at #4.

Both players will return next year to play for head coach Kate Bayard's Jumbos, who advanced to the regional final in the NCAA team tournament. Tufts hosted a Regional for the second straight year.