May 9, 2013

Kitto Selected for NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Committee has selected Rebekah Kitto to compete at the 2013 NCAA tennis championships.

The event begins on May 23 with 32 participants and is hosted by Kalamazoo College at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI.

Kitto completed the season with a 21-1 record; including a 19-0 mark in dual matches. She beat six opponents ranked in their respective ITA region. The junior's 19 dual match wins are a school record, shattering the previous mark of 13. Her only loss of the season came to UC Santa Cruz's Ariana Mokhtari at the Ojai Tournament. Mokhtari was also chosen to compete at the championships.

"Being selected to nationals is a tremendous accomplishment for both Rebekah and the tennis program," head coach Mandy Gamble said. "Rebekah's talent made nationals a realistic goal, however, going undefeated in 19 dual matches was beyond any expectations I had. This type of program milestone shows that Caltech can achieve success in athletics. I am proud of everyone in the program. Their hard work at practice helped elevate Rebekah's game. Rebekah's selection to the NCAA championships is a byproduct of the team's success."

A three-time first-team SCIAC selection, Kitto is the first Caltech tennis player to earn a selection to the NCAA Championships. Last season Kitto was the first alternative from the west region. She is the first Caltech athlete, from any sport, to compete at the NCAA Championships since Laura Decker participated at the 2011 Fencing Championships.

The draw for the individual championship will be done by the women's tennis committee and will be released on the last day of the team championship (May 22).

NCAA Women's Tennis Official Release
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