Kelsey Lawson Earns ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award
May 15, 2013
SKILLMAN, N.J. - DePaul junior Kelsey Lawson was honored as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional winner of the Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship, the ITA announced on Wednesday. The national award winners will be announced next week.
The ITA Arthur Ashe Award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. It is awarded to students-athletes who exhibit exceptional sportsmanship and leadership on the court, as well as scholastic, extracurricular, and tennis achievements.
"Kelsey is very deserving of this award," said head coach Mark Ardizzone. "She displays tremendous sportmanship on the court. Off the court, she is a leader by example and is always looking for ways to make the DePaul women's tennis program better in the classroom and community."
On top of her exemplary conduct on and off the court, Lawson was a top contributor on this year's team. Playing mostly at fourth singles, she helped the Blue Demons to a third-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships while compiling an 18-6 overall record during the dual schedule. For the season, Lawson was second on the team with 28 singles wins and has reached the 20-win plateau in each of her three seasons in Lincoln Park.
Lawson is the third Blue Demon to earn the Arthur Ashe Midwest Award. Former DePaul standouts Dunja Antunovic and Selma Salkovic have also received the recognition. Salkovic was the regional winner in 2011, while Antunovic went on to earn the national award in 2009.