Joanne Norell | May 23, 2017
For the first time in the history of the University of Notre Dame women's tennis program, the Irish can boast a national ITA/Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award winner.
That honor went to 2017 graduate and captain Monica Robinson on Tuesday, announced at the ITA's annual awards luncheon at the site of this year's NCAA Championships. Robinson was named the winner for the Midwest Region on May 15.
The ITA/Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award is given annually to men's and women's players across all divisions who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
Robinson won in 134 combined singles and doubles matches in her four years at Notre Dame, including a 73-48 record in singles. She has ranked as high as No. 10 nationally in doubles, qualifying for the 2015 NCAA Doubles Championship while being named to the All-ACC Third Team that same season. In 2017, she was honored as an All-ACC Second Team selection, as well as the ITA's Most Improved Player for the Midwest Region. Robinson was also a Rosenthal Leadership Academy participant and held one of three captain spots in 2016-17.
Earlier this month, Robinson won two of Notre Dame's most prestigious awards at the annual O.S.C.A.R.S. ceremony: the Francis Patrick O'Connor Award and the Byron V. Kanaley Award. The O'Connor Award is given to the student-athletes who best display the total embodiment of the true spirit of Notre Dame as exemplified by their contributions and inspiration to their teams, while the Kanaley Award goes to the senior monogram athletes who have been most exemplary as students and leaders.