Collins Named Cissie Leary Regional Award Winner
May 15, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis junior Courtney Collins has been named the ITA Ohio Valley Region's recipient of the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship. This is the second honor of the season for Collins, as she was previously named to the All-Conference USA First Team.
The Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship is given to a women's tennis player "who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis." Named for the late Cissie Leary, former coach at Penn, the honor was first awarded in 1997.
Collins' unwavering dedication to her teammates, coaches and the University of Memphis was on full display this season. After suffering an injury during the fall season, Collins was given the option of sitting out the spring dual meets, an option she declined.
"I am on an amazing team led by a great coach," said Collins. "We worked hard during the fall and I didn't want to let the team down."
Collins helped lead the Tigers to a 16-5 record and a national ranking in all but one poll this season, reaching a program-best No. 51 on March 20. The U of M made its first appearance in the semifinals of the Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship, narrowly falling to eventual champion No. 26 Tulsa.
After posting a 15-3 record in singles play and a current ranking of No. 33 in the ITA singles poll, Collins was invited to play in the singles draw of the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship. The championship is slated for May 23-28 in Athens, Ga., on the campus of the University of Georgia.
As a recipient of the regional honor, Collins is one of 12 finalists for the national award, which will be released May 22.