ITA Most Improved Player Zoe Kava | Tufts

ITA most improved player

Zoe Kava showed drastic improvement throughout her time on the Tufts team. As a freshman, Kava played at No. #6 singles and was not included in the doubles line-up. During her sophomore and junior years, Kava played in the middle of the singles line-up and the No. 2 and 3 doubles, and earned all-conference honors during her junior year.

This year, as senior captain, Zoe led the team at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, and did so with a lot of success. Kava is a fierce competitor and hard worker. Her game has become so much more dynamic each year. As a freshman, she came in as a grinding baseliner and has since added more variety to her game. Kava is now coming to net more effectively in singles and being more of a presence at net on the doubles court. Her grit and desire to win pushes others to be better. She has developed into an outstanding leader in her senior year.

Kava went is 8-2 in NESCAC dual matches at the No. 1 singles spot, with NESCAC dual match wins over Ekstrand (Williams), Ferrante (Wesleyan), Riordan (Colby), Karah (Bowdoin), Kimball (Trinity), Friedman (Bates), Cass (Conn) and Apsey (Ham).

Kava and her partners went 5-5 in NESCAC dual matches at the No. 1 doubles spot, with NESCAC dual match wins over Friedman/Westmoreland (Bates), Karah/Yu (Bowdoin), Baker/Kimball (Trinity), Apsey/Prett (Ham), Banks/Kowalska (Conn) and Munson/Vela (Bryant).

A Quote from the Head Coach

“It has been amazing to witness Zoe's growth as a player from a tough grinder to an even tougher aggressive baseliner who loves to end points at net and enjoys mixing it up. I am extremely proud of Zoe for all of her hard work throughout her four years, and for her outstanding leadership both on and off the court this year.” - Head Coach Kate Bayard