HANOVER, N.H. – Two days after receiving the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, Dartmouth women’s tennis senior Julia Schroeder was named the national winner of the award.
She is the third Big Green player in the last seven years to receive the award (alongside Jacqueline Crawford ’17 and Molly Scott ’11), but Schroeder is the first to win it on the national level.
The award goes to a Division I women’s tennis 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 admire Penn women’s tennis coach, Cissie Leary.
"Julia finished the year with a winning record in both singles and doubles," head coach Bob Dallis said in his nomination, "but those are just numbers. What is really important is how she did this. Every day, she tried to get a little bit better. Every day, she tried to represent Dartmouth in a positive manner. Julia inspired her teammates in many ways, and the women on the team would practice harder when they were on court with her, not because of what she said, but because of her determination."
The Illinois native concluded her senior season by going 15-13 overall in singles and 19-17 in doubles action. One of the team’s two captains this year, Schroeder was named first team All-Ivy for doubles and was tabbed to the second team for singles, being recognized for both for the first time in her career.