TEMPE, Ariz. – After three members of the University of Richmond women's tennis team earned all-conference honors, the team continues to earn recognition for the 2017 season.
Rising senior Gaby Rosales has been honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) with the ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, a regional award given to one Division I female student-athlete in each of the 12 regions. Rosales was named the winner for the Atlantic Region.
Leary, head women's tennis coach at Penn from 1977-1996, had 16 winning seasons at the helm of the program, compiling a career record of 229-119. She tragically passed away in 1996 following a long battle with scleroderma.
“I met Cissie when I was coaching at Harvard,” Spider head coach Mark Wesselink said. “She was the most fun-loving, gracious and generous coach I had ever met. Gaby is the perfect recipient to honor Cissie's memory and legacy, and I am thrilled that she has been recognized for this prestigious award in Cissie's name.”
Rosales earned the award by demonstrating extraordinary commitment and unwavering dedication to the team, and used hard work, courage, sportsmanship and a positive, cooperative attitude to make people around her play better.