The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2019 NCAA Division III All-American singles and doubles teams on Thursday, June 6, and the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) was represented by Kenyon Men’s Tennis junior Jacob Zalenski (Canton, OH/Jackson), who was named as a member of the singles team.
Zalenski produced a 20-4 record this season for the Lords, compiling an 11-2 record at No. 1 singles and a 4-0 record at No. 2 singles. He was named the NCAC Player of the Year and was a first-team selection for the third time in as many seasons. He was instrumental in helping Kenyon capture its 22nd NCAC title and advance to the third round of the NCAA Division III Championships. Zalenski finished his season with an appearance in the NCAA Division III Singles Championship in Kalamazoo, MI.
The selection criteria for Division III All-Americans is the following: top-8 seed in the NCAA singles tournament, win one round at the NCAA singles tournament, finish in the Top 20 in the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, win USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. All-American honors are awarded to doubles teams that are a top-4 seed in NCAA doubles tournament, win one round at the NCAA doubles tournament, finish in the Top 10 in the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, win the USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.