Pitzer Tennis Student-Athlete Kush Patel ’24 Named ITA West Rookie of the Year

Kush Patel '24
Kush Patel ’24

Claremont, Calif. (June 24, 2022)—The Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Tennis team earned multiple end-of-the-year awards, including three All-Americans and one ITA West Regional Award.

Pitzer student-athlete Kush Patel ’24 was named the ITA West Rookie of the Year in his first season on the team. Pomona-Pitzer also earned three All-Americans for the 2022 season after Hayden Snyder (PO’23) earned All-American honors for singles play while the doubles team of Jansen Comadena (PO’22) and Pitzer’s Owen Kelley ’24 took All-American in doubles.

The honorific “All-American” title is given to student-athletes that are a top 8 seed in the NCAA singles tournament, win one round at the NCAA singles tournament, finish in the Top 20 in the final ITA Women’s Singles Rankings, win ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the ITA Cup. The All-American status is awarded to doubles teams that are a top 4 seed in the NCAA doubles tournament, win one round at the NCAA doubles tournament, finish in the Top 10 in the final ITA Women’s Doubles Rankings, win ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the ITA Cup.

Pomona-Pitzer ended the season with a 16-11 overall record and finished as the No. 9 ranked team in Division III.

Adapted from the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics press release “Snyder, Comadena, and Kelley Earn All-American Honors; Patel Tabbed West Rookie of the Year.” To learn more, please visit Sagehen Athletics.

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