Women’s tennis names three to Academic All-District® roster

GRANVILLE, Ohio (May 9, 2023) – Sr Sydney Cianciolafellow elder Sarah Robertson and second graders Elizabeth Hu of the Denison University women’s tennis team were each selected for the Academic All-District® team selected by College Sports Communicators.

Cianciola is a Pre-Med track biology major who has a cumulative GPA of 3.84 and hails from Canfield, Ohio. As the 2023 team captain, she was recently named to the First-Team All-North Coast Athletic Conference in singles for the third straight year and was the First-Team All-Conference in doubles for the second straight year. She was 6-9 from the No. 1 position in singles and 12-6 at No. 1 in doubles with Robertson. Cianciola finished her senior season ranked 12th in the ITA Central Region, was 30-31 in singles and 51-22 in doubles for her career and ranks 17th on Denison’s all-time doubles career win list. In 2021, Cianciola was named NCAC Newcomer of the Year, became the first ITA All-American in singles for Denison women’s tennis since 2014, and was also selected to compete in the 2021 NCAA Singles Championship. In addition to being included in the Dean’s List for each semester throughout her years, Cianciola is a three-time ITA Scholar Athlete, two-time member of the NCAC Academic Honor Roll, 2021-22 Denison Chi Alpha Sigma Inductee, and is now a three-time Denison Top- 50 Scholar Athletes. She is also the Denison Student-Athlete Advisory Council (DSAAC) representative for the women’s tennis team and is involved with Mission34, the Mortar Board, Tri Delta, the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Society and the Denison University Biological Society.

Robertson is a Health, Exercise and Sports Studies (HESS) major and Biology minor (3.78 GPA) from Rocky River, Ohio, studying -6 in singles and 12-6 in doubles with Cianciola. Robertson was 10-5 at No. 1 singles and finished the year at No. 14 in the ITA Central Region for singles. As a junior in 2022, Robertson was named NCAC Athlete of the Week on February 21 after leading Big Red to a 6-3 win over No. 36 Center College by finishing No 1 won . She has career records of 45-32 in singles and 54-23 in doubles and is ranked 19th on Denison’s all-time singles career wins list, tied 14th for all-time doubles career wins and 14th-15th for combined career wins. A four-year member of Dean’s List, Robertson is a three-time ITA Scholar Athlete, two-time NCAC Academic Honor Roll member, 2021-22 Denison Chi Alpha Sigma Inductee and is now a three-time Denison Top-50 Scholar Athlete. She was inducted into the Phi Society in 2021 and is also the vice president of the predental club. She is a member of Denison’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (DSAAC), Mission 34 Chapter (M34), Tri Delta Sorority, Mortar Boar and Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED).

Hoo is a psychology and education doubles major (3.79 GPA) from Glenview, Illinois, who won 5-1 in singles and 8-1 in doubles last season, including a record 7-0 in No. 3. Between tournament and dual-meet seasons that year, she was a combined 23-8 (10-3 in singles; 13-5 in doubles). Hoo was named NCAC Athlete of the Week on February 27 of that year after winning the match for Big Red against No. 38 Gustavus Adolphus College with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5 in singles . A 2022-23 was a 2022-23 Denison Top-50 Scholar Athlete, Hoo was on the Dean’s List in both 2021 and 2022 and was a 2021-22 ITA Scholar Athlete. On campus, Hoo is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Kappa Kappa Gamma.

The 2023 Academic All-District® Women’s Tennis Teams, selected by College Sports Communicators, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined accomplishments on the court and in the classroom. Academic All-District® Honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America® voting. First, second and third team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced on June 1st. Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, all eligible nominees submitted by member schools will receive Academic All-District status. Nominees were elected to the Academic All-District Team in previous years, and these winners advanced to the Academic All-America vote.

2023 Academic All-District® Women’s Tennis Teams


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