Sagehen Women's Tennis Team Earns Sportsmanship Award

Claremont, Calif. (May 17, 2012) - The Sagehen Women's Tennis team received one of two National Team Sportsmanship Awards given by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) this month.

The ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award is a monthly award that goes to one men's and one women's team that has exemplified outstanding sportsmanship, character and ethical conduct. Haverford College's Men's Tennis team also earned ITA's Sportsmanship Award for May. The winners are selected by the ITA Ethics and Infractions Committee from nominations received from ITA's 1,200-plus member institutions. Sportsmanship and fair play are considered especially important in college tennis since players make their own line calls during a match.

"Within our program, we place great importance on sportsmanship and respect of the game," said the Sagehen Women's Tennis team's interim head coach Brittany Biebl. "Our athletes play because they love the sport. Our focus on continually cultivating respect for opponents, teammates, ourselves and tennis as a whole helps develop a culture of hard work, poise, competitive spirit and teamwork. We recognize that these attributes are as important to life as they are to tennis."

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community.

The Sagehen Women's Tennis team finished the season with a 16-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA West Regional finals. Jamie Solomon '13 will go on to play at the NCAA Singles Championships in Cary, North Carolina on May 26-28.

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