PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 4, 2012) – After posting a 14-6 record in singles and 13-8 mark in doubles in her senior season, Morgan Ivey (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) was named Team MVP at the annual Rutgers University Women’s Tennis Banquet, held at the Rutgers Club in New Brunswick, N.J. The team also celebrated its 13 win season at the event.
“Morgan had the great fortunate of having a great four-year career here at Rutgers, with her best year being her senior year,” said ninth-year head coach Benjamin Bucca. “She had her strongest record on the tennis court and also continued to do great things in the classroom and in the community. Morgan was elected Phi Beta Kappa and was on the Executive Board for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, while being involved with numerous community service projects. She has fully taken advantage of all the opportunities that Rutgers offers and this is one last fitting tribute before she graduates.”
Ivey reflected on her time at Rutgers, as she will graduate in the coming weeks with a degree in Economics from the University.
“I did a lot of growing up as a tennis player and as a person during my four years at Rutgers,” said Ivey. “This year I really came to appreciate the different dimensions of the team environment. Tennis is an individual sport, but college tennis gives the opportunity to play as a team. I can’t thank my teammates enough for their support; I could never have had such a memorable season without them. It was comforting to know that they were always there for me.”
The highlight of the season for the senior was the epic 4-3 win over Cincinnati at the BIG EAST Championships in Tampa, Fla., when she came back to win her match and clinch the victory for RU after dropping the first set. Ivey overcame seven match points in the second-set tiebreaker, which went up to 15-13, before winning the third, 6-1, to advance the Scarlet Knights to the second round.
“I have so many fond memories of Rutgers, especially the BIG EAST Championships match this season against Cincinnati,” she said. “We won that match as a team. I just remember coming off the court and could not stop smiling. I knew it was my last BIG EAST Championships and that I would never have a match like that again. It was tough having to face match point time after time, but I wanted to win for my teammates and will never forget that match. It was an incredible feeling, it was what college tennis is all about and I couldn’t have ended my career on a better note.”
A member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in each of her semesters at RU, Ivey was also involved with programs such as Toys 4 Tots, Read Across America and others during her active time “On the Banks.”
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