Three volumes named to ITA All-America List

After a run to the NCAA team semifinals for a second straight season and a total of 26 wins that tied the program’s second most wins in the last 11 seasons, the men’s tennis team No. 6 from Tennessee saw a trio of Vols achieve All-America Intercollegiate Tennis Association status on Monday.

The ITA “All-American” title is awarded to student-athletes who place in the top 16 in the NCAA Singles Championship, advance to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Championship, or finish in the top 20 of the final ITA singles standings. All-America status is also awarded to doubles teams that place in the top eight of the NCAA Championship, reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship, or finish in the top 10 of the Final ITA Doubles Standings.

Graduate student Adam Walton and second Johannus Monday each earned ITA Singles All-America status for a second straight season, while Walton and senior Pat Harper earned All-America status in doubles with his ITA top-10 finish (No. 10) at the end of the season.

This is only the sixth time Tennessee has placed three or more players on the ITA or NCAA All-American lists.

With his final honor, Walton becomes a back-to-back All-American to close out his college career after finishing the year ranked second and was the third seed in the NCAA singles championship, in which he qualified for the semi-finals. Walton finished the year at 26-8 overall in singles and 19-6 in doubles singles matches.

He concludes his Tennessee career as one of the most accomplished Vols in program history, ranking fifth on Tennessee’s all-time singles wins list with 124 career singles triumphs and is eighth on the program’s doubles roster, with 101 doubles wins. The Aussie earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2019, 2021 and 2022.

Monday earned All-America honors with his No. 9-16 ranking in the NCAA singles championship. It’s the second time in his first two years in Knoxville that Monday has received All-America recognition. Monday went 26-9 in singles this season, including a 17-5 record in doubles. On March 9, Monday moved up to No. 4 in the ITA singles chart, a career high. At one point in the double season, Monday had won 12 of 13 singles matches.

Walton and Monday are one of 10 SEC players this year to earn ITA Singles All-America acclaim.

Australian duo Walton and Tennessee senior Pat Harper were named double All-Americans for a second straight year. The pair have won 11 consecutive doubles doubles matches over the span of March 1 to April 22. That included an unblemished record of 9-0 in SEC play.

The pair finished the season at 18-8 together and advanced to the NCAA Doubles Round of 16 in Champaign, Illinois. Harper has 77 career doubles wins heading into her final season on Rocky Top.

For Walton, he finished his college career with the fifth-most combined singles and doubles wins in Tennessee program history, with 225 combined wins. In Tennessee’s win over Florida State at the 2022 NCAA Super Regionals, Walton used a doubles win with Harper to become the sixth steal in program history to rack up 100 singles and 100 wins. doubles in a career.

This is the fourth straight season in which Tennessee has seen at least one Vol achieve All-America status.

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