Evelyn Miller '18 Named USTA Rhode Island’s College Tennis Player of the Year

Colby-Sawyer tennis player Evelyn Miller ’18 of Smithfield, R.I., received the Jill Craybas Award as the USTA Rhode Island’s 2016-17 College Female Tennis Player of the year at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. The award was presented July 19 on the center court during the Dell International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships by Gordie Ernst, renowned head coach at Georgetown University; Frank Laliberte and USTA Rhode Island President Doug Chapman.

Jill Craybas is Rhode Island's most successful tennis player. The award that bears her name recognizes Rhode Island students who display rigor, passion and growth in the game of tennis.

Miller completed the fall 2016 season at Colby-Sawyer with an impressive 11-1 record. She was awarded the All-North East Athletic Conference (NEAC) East First Team honors in singles (14-6) and doubles (18-6), along with the NEAC all-tournament honors. Her success on the court helped the Chargers win their fifth straight conference championship and earn a spot in the NCAA for the fifth consecutive year.

The Colby-Sawyer Women’s tennis team has had an abundance of success in recent years. In addition to winning the NAC East Championship each year from 2012 to 2016, in April 2016 they defeated the NEAC winner to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Tennis Championship for the third consecutive year.