by Chuck Pool (email@example.com) -
Rice was the only school to place two women student-athletes on the team and duo joined with Rice men’s tennis player Tommy Bennett to make the Owls the only school to place three on the overall squad.
A two-time honoree who was also named the C-USA Women’s Tennis Scholar Athlete of the year as a junior, Ip will graduate with a 3.99 GPA in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. She is a three-time recipient of the C-USA Commissioner’s Medal and a two-time Rice University Scholar Athlete.
On the court, she became the third Owl to earn All-America honors when she reached the round of 16 at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship. She brings a career dual singles record of 55-19 into action this weekend as the Owls look to win an unprecedented fifth C-USA championship.
Hodge carries a 3.97 GPA as a Sport Management major and Business minor. She is a three-time recipient of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal . On the court, she has posted a career-best 11-4 record in singles this year, including a 7-2 mark at the first line in singles. Hodge was named the C-USA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week (3/20) after picking up her first career win over a top 30 ranked opponent.
In addition to her work and in the classroom, she was recently elected President of the Rice Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the 2017-18 school year.
Hodge and Ip will open their pursuit for a fifth consecutive Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championship on Friday in Denton, Texas at 10 a.m. when they take on the winner of Thursday’s opening round match between UTSA and Southern Miss.
Both are bidding to join Solomiya Zinko (2013-16) as the only women’s tennis players in conference history to win four C-USA titles.