2007 Lord Jeffs
Photo courtesy of Charlie Quigg
Junior Laura Stein was named the 2007 ITA Arthur Ashe, Jr. winner.

Amherst Pair Wins ITA Awards

From an ITA Release

May 18, 2007

SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Associate (ITA) announced the 2007 Award winners in conjunction with Wilson this afternoon. Amherst athletes received a pair of awards from the ITA, including a Regional Player to Watch, and a National Arthur Ashe, Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.

Amherst sophomore Zach Lerner (Scarsdale, NY) was named the Northeast Regional Player to Watch for 2007. The ITA National Player to Watch Award goes to a player who has an outstanding season, not yet won an ITA national singles title, and is expected to perform at a high level the rest of his or her career. Lerner is currently competing in the second round of the NCAA Individual Singles Tournament at Wash.-U. and will begin doubles play this afternoon.

Amherst junior Laura Stein (Rockport, ME) was named the Northeast Regional and National winner of the 2007 ITA Arthur Ashe, Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship. Stein played both singles and doubles for the Lord Jeffs this season, and help Amherst become the National Runner-Up in the team tournament yesterday. The ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship Award goes to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

The ITA also handed out its 2007 National Player & Rookie of the Year, and the Coaches of the Year. As the governing body of collegiate tennis the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit presented by the USTA, and the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings for Men's and Women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels.

Also receiving national awards tonight at the respective banquets will be (men's winner listed first):
ITA National Senior Player of the Year - Matt Seeberger, UC-Santa Cruz and Liz Bondi, DePauw (Ind.)
ITA National Rookie of the Year - John Watts, Washington Univ. (Mo.) (men) and Siobhan Finnicane, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (Calif.)
ITA National Player to Watch - Charlie Cutler, Washington Univ. (Mo.) (men) and Cary Gibson, Williams (Mass.)
ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Thomas Dohlman, MIT and Laura Stein of Amherst (Mass.)