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Akli named an ITA Singles All-American – University of South Carolina Athletics

Columbia, S.C. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced South Carolina women’s tennis graduation Ayana Akli as a singles All-American for the 2023-2024 season. This honor marks the third time in Akli’s career that she has received All-America honors and the second year in a row that she claimed the honors in singles.

This season, Akli earned the title before the NCAA Singles Tournament began by entering the draw ranked No. 9-16. In the tournament, she posted a dominant 6–0, 6–1 win in her first round match over No. 36 Casie Wooten of Wake Forest before bowing out in the second round.

The Silver Spring, Maryland, native posted a 28-11 overall record in singles this season with 15 of her wins over ranked opponents. Akli went 14-5 in tournament play this season and finished the fall as runner-up at the ITA Fall National Championships. In doubles, she went 14-6 with an 11-6 mark from the top of the lineup.

Akli finished the 2023-2024 season ranked No. 12 in the country and spent the entire season in the top-15, peaking at No. 3.

During her five-year career, she has amassed more than 120 singles victories and was a four-time qualifier for the NCAA Singles Touranment. She packed collegiate play as a two-time singles All-American and doubles All-American, but was also the program’s first-ever SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned South Carolina’s highest student-athlete honor as a recipient of the President’s Award.

For the latest information on women’s tennis in South Carolina, visit GamecocksOnline.com or follow the team on social media (@GamecockWTennis).

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