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Sydney Campbell, Astra Sharma and Emily Smith were honored as 2017 ITA All-Americans on Thursday.
The national honor is given to a student-athlete who is thought to be a contender to win one of the many ITA or NCAA tournaments.
Five representatives of the Vanderbilt women’s tennis team earned Ohio Valley regional honors.
Women's tennis defeats South Carolina 4-1 (4/14/17)
WT NCAA Second Round action vs. Clemson (4-1). (5/13/17) Photos by Gabriella Karademos
Women's tennis defeats No. 1 Florida 4-2 for the SEC Reg. Season crown. Photos by Terry Wyatt (4/16/17)
Celebration shots from women's tennis' 2017 SEC Tournament Final over Florida, 4-3. Photos by Gabby Karademos (4/23/17)
No. 9 Vanderbilt women's tennis fell to No. 7 Ohio State, 5-2. (2/5/17) Photos by Gabriella Karademos
Emily Smith will be joining the Commodores this spring after a fantastic year at Rice University.
“Emily was a top-100 in the world junior, who went to Rice and had a very good first year,” said Macdonald. “Ironically, she played against us in our NCAA round of 32 match against Rice and played a very good match against Astra Sharma. After the NCAA tournament we found out that she was looking to transfer. Emily came out on a visit, and we liked her very much. She’s a superb student and a player with tremendous upside.”
During her freshman campaign, Smith clinched Rice’s fourth-consecutive Conference USA championship. Playing primarily at No. 3 in her debut season, the Birmingham, England native capped her time with the Owls amassing an 11-7 record in dual action (10-7 on court three).
Ranked 48th in doubles with Katherine Ip, the pair earned two top-15 wins, defeating the Commodores’ own then-No. 14 Colton/Campbell and Baylor’s then 10th-ranked Shankle/Generette. The duo closed out the season with an 18-6 (14-5) overall record.
Smith qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championship along with Ip and dropped a tough three-set match to UCLA's Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips, 5-7, 7-5, 5-10.
Juniors: Attended Highclare School in Birmingham... Finalist in the British U 18 Championships and reached a career-best ITF Junior ranking of 98... Named the Worcestershire County Player of the Year in 2013.
Personal: Full Name: Emily Paige Smith... Born: August 21, 1997 in Birmingham, England...Parents: James and Tracy Smith, Birmingham...One sister... Father played college basketball at College of New Jersey as well as professionally the BBL in England from 1982-1999.