Barthelmass and Rao Earn ITA All-America Honors
TEMPE, AZ – The Johns Hopkins women’s tennis team had two players combine for three ITA All-America honors it was recently announced. Senior Ashnaa Rao earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles, while classmate Mikey Barthelmass earned the honor in doubles.
Hopkins has now produced 10 All-Americans in doubles and seven in singles since 2007. The Blue Jays’ three All-America selections this season match the program record and are the most since 2012. Rao is the first three-time All-American in singles in program history and is the first to earn four total All-America accolades.
Hopkins finished the season ranked 13th in the nation in the Oracle/ITA Women’s Division III rankings and fourth in the Atlantic South. The Blue Jays went 19-6 and won their 11th consecutive Centennial Conference Championship in 2017. Hopkins also advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fourth time in the last six years. The Blue Jays have finished the season in the top 20 for nine straight years and has been ranked in the top 20 in each of the last 60 polls.
Rao is ranked 16th nationally in singles and fourth in the Atlantic South. She and Barthelmass are ranked 14th in the nation and third in the region in doubles. In addition, senior Jody Kim is ranked 19th in the Atlantic South in singles and freshman Sophia Strickland is ranked 23rd.
Rao went 16-7 in singles this season and 18-8 in doubles. She and Barthelmass combined for a 16-7 record in their final season together. In the last two seasons, the pair is 24-14. Barthelmass finished the season with an 18-7 record in doubles. Rao, who earned All-America honors a total of four times, concluded her career with 53 singles wins, 38 doubles wins and 91 total wins. She is tied for third in singles wins, fourth in singles matches played, tied for 16th in doubles wins, sixth in doubles matches played, tied for eighth in total wins and tied for fifth in total matches played. Barthlemass ended her career with 44 doubles wins, which ranks 11th, and 57 total wins. In addition, her 63 career doubles matches are tied for 12th most in school history.