TEMPE, Ariz. – Dartmouth women's tennis received three Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regional awards on Monday.
Senior Taylor Ng was named the Northeast Region Senior Player of the Year and Jacqueline Crawford was given the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship. The Big Green also earned the Community Service Award.
The Senior Player of the Year award is given to the top fourth-year player at a Division I women's tennis school. Last year's ITA regional and national winner of the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, Ng played at the No. 1 position for every match, going 14-8 throughout the spring. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament against No. 17 Kentucky last week, Ng fought to send her match against a highly-ranked opponent to a third set, ultimately falling.
Like she has for the past three seasons, Ng played at the No. 1 doubles positions alongside junior Kristina Mathis. The duo went 15-6 throughout the spring, dropping just one conference match. The pair played together one last time at NCAAs, falling to their Wildcat opponents. At the end of the season, Ng was named All-Ivy first team for both singles and doubles for the third year in a row.
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 the 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.
Crawford played every one of her singles matches at the No. 2 position, ending the season with a record of 12-7. Against Kentucky, she won the first set and dropped the second against her ranked opponent, and was tied, 5-5, in the third when her match was abandoned. Last week, Crawford received postseason honors for the first time in her career when she was named second team All-Ivy for singles.
The Big Green received the Community Service Award for their continued involvement in and around Hanover. Their major work is with David's House, where the team cooks once a month and conducted a tennis clinic that raised over $1,100. Dartmouth has also volunteered with Cynthia's Flowers, a program that makes paper flowers to brighten up the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and has been involved with Big Green Readers, Canaan Club, Prouty, Tennis Prouty, and CHaD.
The national award winners will be released on Tuesday, May 23.