May 15, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University tennis player Andjela Kankaras has been named the Northwest Region recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, as well as the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, the organization recently announced.
A native of Niksic, Montenegro, Kankaras ended her Cougar career last month tied for fifth on the school's all-time singles victories list with 87. Playing mainly at the number three singles position, Kankaras posted a 21-16 record this season, her third season with 20 or more wins. At the recent WSU Senior Luncheon, Kankaras received the Beulah Blankenship Outstanding Student-Athlete Award, the WSU Senior Excellence in Academics Award and was an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.
Additionally, Kankaras, a two-time team captain who graduated earlier this month with a degree in hospitality business management, is a three-time member of the WSU President's Honor Roll and four times named to the WSU Athletics All-Academic Team. She also has participated in numerous community services activities, including assisting at the Senior Center, participating in Butch's Bash holiday event and Coug Pals, where she exchanged letters with local elementary school kids throughout the past five months.
"This is an amazing honor to win these sportsmanship and leadership awards," said WSU Head Coach Lisa Hart. "Andjela embodies the values of our program and these awards are a great illustration of her leadership and sportsmanship. Andjela is a great example of the student-athlete we aspire to mentor in our program and athletic department."
Kankaras is the fourth Cougar to win the Cissie Leary Award and just the second recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award. The Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship is awarded to a collegiate women's tennis player who displays dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis. The Arthur Ashe Award is presented to players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
Each award is given to players in 12 regions across the country with regional award winners moving on as finalists for the national award that will be announced later this month at the NCAA Championships in Urbana, Ill.