May 15, 2013
Air Force senior Hannah Dake won the Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the Mountain Region, announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Dake will be one of 12 players from across the country on the ballot for the national award, to be announced later this month.
The Arthur Ashe award is given for outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. Dake, this year's team MVP, led the Falcons with 25 doubles wins and was second with 20 singles wins this season. Her 25 wins with fellow senior Melissa Cecil were the most by an Air Force doubles team in one season since Kat Bushey and Christine Abayan had 29 in 2005-06. She will graduate ranked No. 3 on the school's career list with 82 overall doubles wins and 152 combined (singles and doubles) victories in the Division I era (since 1996). She also earned her first all-Mountain West selection this season.
Off the court, Dake has been involved with her squadron as well as several community activities. She served as a squadron superintendent, monitoring the accountability of over 100 cadets, and as an assistant flight commander during basic training. In the community, Dake and her teammates have volunteered for many local activities, including several events at Skyway Elementary School as well as the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society and the Marion House Soup Kitchen.
"The personal growth has been amazing for Hannah and she really came into her own this year as a leader," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "Seeing this is the most rewarding part of my job. Hannah was instrumental as a leader on the court for our team, off the court for our team and in the community. The outside time and work Hannah did with the community were mostly events that she sought out that were important to her. The core value of "service before self" was evident in all that she did this season."
Dake, a member of the commandant's and dean's lists at the Academy, will graduate later this month with a degree in Humanities and a minor in philosophy.