Laura Nigro Earns Inaugural MWC Sportsmanship Award
April 23, 2003
Air Force junior Laura Nigro was awarded the first annual Sportsmanship Award Wednesday at the Mountain West Conference Women's Tennis Championship banquet in San Diego, Calif. In addition, Nigro earned all-conference honors for singles and teamed with partner Gina Black to garner all-MWC honors for doubles.
Nigro, a Lincoln, Neb., native, earned the first-ever Sportsmanship Award for her on and off the court contributions as a member of the Falcon tennis squad. On the court, she compiled 17 wins overall in singles competition and teamed with Black for a 21-14 overall record and a 16-11 mark in dual matches this season. Off the court, Nigro has kept herself busy. In her three years as a cadet she has completed Basic Training, Combat Survival Training and an internship at Offutt Air Force Base for Operation Air Force. She also participated in the Dream to Read program and serves as a mentor for freshman cadets.
San Diego State senior Silvia Tornier was named MWC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Tornier, ranked No. 85 in the nation, has a 21-8 overall record on the season (18-5 in dual matches) and finished MWC play undefeated (7-0), all at the No. 1 position. The Hamburg, Germany, native, also teamed with Indra Erichsen (No. 34 duo in the nation) to finish the regular season at 23-4 overall (20-3 dual), including a 6-1 conference record.
The 2003 MWC Coach of the Year award will be announced at the conclusion of the 2003 MWC Women's Tennis Championship on Saturday, April 26. Air Force opens the tournament on Thursday, April 24 against New Mexico.
2002-03 Mountain West Conference Women's Tennis All-Conference Team
PLAYER OF THE YEAR