SKILLMAN, N.J. (May 15, 2012) – Senior Morgan Ivey (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) of the Rutgers University women’s tennis team has been bestowed the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Region Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, the organization announced Tuesday. Ivey earned the nod amongst nominees from 44 schools in the region.
The ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship goes to a Division I women’s player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team’s performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis. It dates back to 1997 and is in memory of the late and widely admired Penn women's tennis coach Cissie Leary. Ivey is the second RU tennis student-athlete to earn this honor, following Cynthia Coriat (1988).
“This is another fitting tribute to the outstanding year and four-year career Morgan Ivey has had at Rutgers,” said head coach Benjamin Bucca. “She inspired her team throughout the year with her competitiveness on the court, her discipline in the classroom and her involvement in the community. She truly took advantage of all the opportunities provided to student-athletes here at Rutgers and it is great to see the ITA provide recognition for all her accomplishments.”
Also the winner of the Team MVP at the banquet, Ivey posted a 14-6 record in singles and a 13-8 mark in doubles in her final season as a Scarlet Knight. The highlight of the year 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 eight match points in the second-set tiebreaker, which went up to 15-13, before winning the third, 6-1, to advance Rutgers to the second round.
Ivey also was successful off the tennis courts, being elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the National Honor Society for College Student-Athletes and the Business School Honor Society. She graduated from Rutgers on Sunday, May 13 with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a 3.780 GPA.
An all-around student-athlete, she was also involved in organizations such as Athletes in Action, Toys 4 Tots, Read Across America, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Eric LeGrand bELieve Fund.
Click here for the full list of ITA award winners.
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