Carli Capestany

Tennis player Carli Capestany’s drive led to numerous achievements as a Hope College student-athlete, including national recognition.

The recent Hope graduate has been selected to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III At-Large Teams. She earned second-team recognition as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America and announced today. 

Capestany, Hope’s all-time leader in doubles wins, majored in social work and minoring in Spanish and ministry. She carried a 3.99 grade point average.

Hope coach Adam Ford said Capestany is very self-motivated.

“She is a perfectionist in everything,” Ford said. “She is very disciplined when it comes to academics and when it comes to tennis. She works so hard at both. She is a great kid. You can tell that in her GPA. A 3.99 GPA, it doesn’t matter what your major is, that’s incredible." 

Capestany is the Flying Dutch’s all-time career leader in doubles wins with 78 and ranks among 12th with 58 singles wins.

This spring as a senior, Capestany helped Hope claim its fourth consecutive berth to the NCAA Division III Championships while winning MIAA regular-season and tournament titles. She had a 27-5 doubles record and a 20-4 singles record.

Capestany is one of five Hope student-athletes to claim CoSIDA Academic All-America honoea during the 2014-15 school year. She joins football player Kirby Crook, volleyball player Jenna Grasmeyer, diver Sarah Sheridan and softball player Julie Sobieski.

Hope student-athletes now have been selected CoSIDA Academic All-Americans 55 times.

Capestany is one of 45 Division III student-athletes across the country to be honored in the at-large category and one of 14 second-team recipients.

The Capital One Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2014-15 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.