SKILLMAN, N.J. -- The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced that Washington and Lee is among three schools to be honored as this month's recipients of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Sportsmanship Award.
The ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award is a monthly award that goes to teams that have exemplified outstanding sportsmanship, character and ethical conduct in the true spirit of competition and college tennis. The winners are selected by the ITA Ethics and Infractions Committee from nominations received from all ITA member institutions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges). The University of Oregon and San Diego State were the other schools tabbed for the award.
All three of this month's winners were nominated by opposing coaches after tight, 4-3 matches. In addition to the obvious reasons, sportsmanship and fair play are considered important in college tennis due to the fact that players make their own line calls during a match.
The W&L men received a glowing nomination from Washington (Md.) coach Constantine Ananiadis after their March 28 match, a 4-3 W&L victory.
"The match couldn't have been any closer in score and it was of great importance for both teams," says Ananiadis. "This, as we all know, can lead to some very tense situations and high tempers. Although my team ended up losing the match, I felt honored to have been involved in not only such a high quality college tennis match, but, even more importantly, a match that was so cleanly played and well contested."
As the governing body of collegiate tennis the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the ITA Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship.
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