April 19, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College men's tennis team was honored as April's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Sportsmanship Award, the ITA announced on Wednesday evening.
The ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award is a monthly award that goes to one men's and one women's team that has exemplified outstanding sportsmanship, character and ethical conduct in the true spirit of competition and collegiate tennis. The winners are selected by the ITA Ethics and Infractions Committee from nominations received from all ITA member institutions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges). The monthly award began in 2004.
Head coach Scott Wilkins in his ninth year as the head coach of the Eagles' program.
"It is very flattering for this team to be recognized by the ITA with an award like this," Wilkins said. "When we started in the ACC, we knew the tennis was going to be at a high level and winning would be difficult, but sportsmanship is always something we have focused on. It is certainly a priority for this team. Sportsmanship comes down to the guys you have on the team."
Winthrop University earned the women's team award.