Story Courtesy of the Oberlin Sports Information Department
Oberlin College senior women's tennis player Sarah Hughes (Haddonfield, NJ/Merion Mercy Acad.) added more hardware to her already impressive collection as she was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Most Improved Senior in the nation at the organization's annual banquet prior to the NCAA Division III Championships.
Hughes, who last week was named as the region's most improved senior, was selected by a national committee over the other three regional award winners. The Haddonfield, New Jersey, native is the first player in the illustrious history of the Oberlin women's tennis program to win a national award.
Hughes entered the year as the ITA Central Region "Player to Watch" and she surely lived up to the hype, ending her senior season as a first-team North Coast Athletic Conference selection in both singles and doubles while being ranked 12th in the region.
A winner of the athletic department's Gertrude E. Moulton and Honda Scholar-Athlete awards in her career, Hughes has also excelled in the classroom as she departments campus with a degree in biology and a 3.75 grade point average.
A four-year All-NCAC first-team selection in doubles, Hughes ranks second all-time in program history with 68 career victories in doubles play. She earned double-digit wins in singles in each of the last three years with the previous two coming exclusively in the top flight. She produced 35 wins in her singles career, including 11 this season.