Vishnevetsky Selected for Regional Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award

Senior Anastasia Vishnevetsky
Senior Anastasia Vishnevetsky

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Anastasia Vishnevetsky (Orange, Conn.) of the MIT women's tennis team was named to a prestigious post season honor when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its regional award winners recently. She was selected as the Northeast Region's Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner. She is the third MIT women's tennis player to be named to the honor.

Vishnevetsky, who was a first team All-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference player, finished the 2011-12 season with a 12-5 singles record, including a perfect 5-0 in NEWMAC play in the fall conference season. She was also 12-7 in doubles action, splitting her time between the Nos. 1 and 2 flights and earning second team All-NEWMAC honors.

Majoring in brain and cognitive sciences, Vishnevetsky has performed research in localizing language regions in the brain, as well as studied the effect of multiple sclerosis on vision and the molecular basis of Parkinson's disease. She was selected for the Hans-Lukas Teuber Award for Excellence in Academics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 2010 and has served as a lecture coordinator for Braintrust. Vishnevetsky has also served as the Secretary for the Literary Society and as a Coordinator for Friends of Jaclyn.

The ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. The award, which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JuCo men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.