Hamner Named ITA All-American
Hamner is one of 30 women to receive the honor in singles.
Columbia, S.C. – Gamecock Women’s Tennis freshman Sarah Hamner was named an ITA All-American, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Monday. Hamner is one of 30 women to receive the honor in singles.
The “All-American” title is given to student-athletes that earn a top 16 seed in the NCAA Singles Championship, advance to the round of 16 at the NCAA Championship, or finish in the top 20 of the final ITA singles rankings.
Hamner, who ended the year as the No. 4 player in the nation, entered the NCAA Singles Championship as the No. 6 seed and advanced to the Round of 32. She was most recently named the ITA Carolina Region Rookie of the Year following her standout freshman season.
The Boca Raton, Fla., native etched her name in multiple spots in the South Carolina record book this year. She earned 35 singles wins this season to tie for the second-best single season record in the Gamecock history and is the first to have a 30-win season since 2009. Hamner also topped 22 ranked opponents in her freshman campaign and earned 16 wins in dual matches in the No. 1 spot for South Carolina.
The SEC Freshman of the Year was named to the All-SEC First Team and the SEC All-Freshman Team, becoming the first Gamecock to receive all three honors in the same year. Hamner remained in the top-six singles players all season and was the first in program history to reach the No. 1 ranking in singles.
Hamner made an impact starting in the fall when she was crowned the ITA All-American National Champion in singles. She is the first in South Carolina history to earn the title and did so by advancing from the qualifying draw to the main draw.
Capping off her recent accolades, Hamner is a finalist for the 2022 Honda Sport Award for Tennis which signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.” The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2022 Honda Cup.