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JTCC Alumna Imani Jean Named MEAC Rookie of the Year

May 7, 2024

Imani Jean’s freshman season at Howard University was memorable and one for the history books.

The JTCC alumna, who finished her first collegiate season 13-3 overall in singles, was recognized for her stellar performance being named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) 2024 Rookie of the Year and was a MEAC First Team selection.

“I officially found out that I was named Rookie of the Year at the MEAC awards ceremony right before the tournament,” Jean said. “To hear I won the award was reassuring to me that everything I worked hard for was not for nothing.”

Jean trained at JTCC from 2019-23 in the Full-Time Champions program. The Brooklyn, NY native is grateful for her time at JTCC shaping her into the person and player she is today.

“My time at JTCC positively impacted my character, and the tennis training and coaches helped me with my discipline on and off the court,” Jean stated.

After being named MEAC Rookie of the Week five times and finishing 5-0 in conference singles play, Jean is excited to work hard this offseason and continue to improve.

“One of the best parts about my freshman year was how much support I’ve been getting. It’s amazing to have your team there for you no matter what,” Jean said. “This accomplishment is only going to push me to train hard for the summer and prove to people that this award was well deserved so I can come into next season even stronger.”

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