GREAT RIO VALLEY –The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2022 Division I Women’s Regional Awards on Monday and named the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Women’s Tennis Team as the winner of the Texas Regional ITA Community Service Award.

The Vaqueros women’s tennis team has amassed 332 hours of community service, earning it a national No. 2 ranking among Division I women’s tennis programs according to the NCAA’s 2021-22 Community Involvement Report. of Helper Helper app.

The team held four free junior tennis clinics throughout the school year, including one in Brownsville that drew 100 attendees. The Vaqueros have influenced hundreds of children aged 4 to 18 by sharing their love of tennis. They have also volunteered with the RGV Food Bank, Children’s Hospital, Boys and Girls Club of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Scenic Wetlands, among other community events.

“The consistent attitude and effort of this team to give back and connect with the local community is admirable. I couldn’t be more proud of them,” said women’s tennis head coach West Nott. understand how lucky we are to play collegiate athletics and they want to pay it forward in a small way I hope we can continue to impact the local community and continue to reach out in the years to come.

The ITA will announce its national winners on June 13. Other regional winners of the ITA Community Service Award for Women’s Tennis were Duquesne (Atlantic), Furman (Carolina), Wichita State (Central), Michigan State (Midwest), Air Force Academy (Mountain), Fairleigh Dickinson (northeast), Austin Peay State and Middle Tennessee State (Ohio Valley), Georgia (southeast), Alabama-Birmingham (south), and Arizona (southwest).

Texas Regional Award Winners
Wilson ITA Coach of the Year: Mark Weaver, Texas A&M
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year: Jordan Szabo, Texas A&M
Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award: Alicia Herrero, Baylor
ITA Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award: Alicia Herrero, Baylor
ITA Rookie of the Year: Carson Branstine, Texas A&M
ITA Most Improved Senior: Tatiana Makarova, Texas A&M
ITA Senior Player of the Year: Tatiana Makarova, Texas A&M
ITA Community Service Award: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Norma P. Rex