Women's Tennis Captures a Pair of ITA Southern Region Awards

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Taylor Lindsey and Courtney McLane
Taylor Lindsey and Courtney McLane

May 16, 2012

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The women's tennis team added two additional postseason honors with the recent announcement of the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional awards, which recognized seniors Taylor Lindsey and Courtney McLane. Lindsey was named the region's recipient for the ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, while McLane earned the ITA Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award. They are now eligible for the national awards, which will be announced later this month.

The ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship is given annually to an NCAA Division I women's player that displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis. The award is in memory of the late, and widely admired, Penn women's tennis coach Cissie Leary. Lindsey, who served as team captain, has been instrumental in the success of this season's team that reached as high as No. 7 in the nation and finished No. 2 in the Southeastern Conference. She worked tirelessly after sitting out the entire 2010 season due to injury to come back in 2011 and make a significant impact in doubles and in those singles matches she competed in. This season, Lindsey became the first player at Alabama to be named to the SEC All-Tournament Team after helping to clinch the doubles point against Arkansas in addition to winning both of her singles matches in straight sets while dropping a combined four games.

The Arthur Ashe Collegiate Award honors Arthur Ashe and the vision that he embodied of the importance of education, sportsmanship, and leadership. In her four-year career, McLane has excelled in all three of those areas, serving as the prime example of a student-athlete during her time at the Capstone. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native earned her undergraduate degree in management in three years while holding a 4.0 GPA and will complete her master's degree in marketing this year, where she also holds a 4.0 GPA. McLane, who is a two-time winner of the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, has earned numerous awards for her academics and athletics including a spot on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Season Team. She has been a member of the Dean's List throughout her entire career and was named to the President's List for three semesters. Last summer, McLane interned with Growing Leaders, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization created by Dr. Tim Elmore to develop emerging leaders. She was also named one of the recipients of the 2012 Peach of an Athlete Roll Model Awards.