May 14, 2011

Women’s Tennis Wins ITA Sportsmanship Award, Sends Quisenberry to NCAA Tournament

SKILLMAN, N.J. – In a week full of good news, the MIT women's tennis team found out Wednesday that freshman first singles player Lauren Quisenberry has been selected to compete in the NCAA Individual Singles Tournament. On Friday, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association named MIT the May recipients of the ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award.

I'm very proud that our team has been selected for the ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award", said Carol Matsuzaki, in her 13th year as MIT head coach. "This year's team camaraderie has truly been amazing and this team has fought hard and fair at each and every match.  A lot of credit goes to our seniors for nurturing a culture of learning, growing, and being a good citizen of the world."

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 in the true spirit of competition and collegiate 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).

This monthly award began in 2003. 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 Men's winners for the month of May were the Division 1 Black Knights of Army.

Quisenberry, a freshman from Corpus Christi Texas, was phenomenal at first singles and first doubles for MIT. She posted a 20-0 record in dual meets at singles and a 17-3 mark in doubles while being named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie and Athlete of the Year. Along the way, she defeated Julia Browne from Tufts University, who was the National singles champion in 2010. Browne and Quisenberry could meet again in this year's tournament, which will take place May 27-29 in Claremont, California.