Sarah Cassman wins ITA Regional Leadership and Sportsmanship Award
May 17, 2010
Air Force women's tennis player Sarah Cassman is the recipient of the 2010 Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the Mountain Region, presented by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The award goes to the player who has exhibited outstanding leadership and sportsmanship as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
Cassman was selected from the region's 21 teams and is one of 12 finalists for the national sportsmanship award, which will be announced on Tuesday, May 25. The national winner will be honored during a special ceremony hosted by the USTA during Arthur Ashe Kids' Day inside Ashe Stadium just prior to the start of the 2010 U.S. Open in New York City.
"Sarah is an outstanding leader and a great representative for the Air Force Academy on and off the tennis court," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "It is nice to see her efforts recognized by other coaches. I can't think of a better recipient for this award than Sarah."
The junior from Columbus, Ga., became the first Air Force female in the Division I era (1996) to have three consecutive 20-win seasons in singles after posting a 25-16 overall record this season. Cassman finished third on the team in wins and helped the Falcons to a 16-12 overall record, their best record since 1999. Cassman has a 67-56 career singles record in her three years at the Academy.