May 20, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.—Georgia senior women’s tennis player Maho Kowase was awarded the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) National Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, the organization announced Tuesday.
“I’m so honored to win the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship,” Kowase said. “I think its really important to treat my teammates, opponents and umpires with respect and am happy that I’ve been able to do that throughout my career. I’m going to miss playing college tennis, but am looking forward to finishing strong in this week’s singles and doubles competition.”
On the court, she leads the team with 39 singles wins and 34 doubles wins. This season, the four-time All-SEC First Team selection became the winningest player in Georgia history, now holding the Georgia record for most combined career singles and doubles wins at 241. Off the court, Kowase is a multiple time ITA Scholar Athlete and SEC Academic Honor Roll team member. She was also awarded the NCAA, SEC and UGA Sportsmanship awards, becoming the first UGA student-athlete to ever garner the NCAA’s most coveted sportsmanship award.
Kowase is the second Georgia player to win the National Cissie Leary award in program history—Cameron Ellis took home the honors in 2010.
In April, Kowase was also named the region’s ITA Senior of the Year. Kate Fuller (Arthur Ashe), Lilly Kimbell (Most Improved Senior Player), Head Coach Jeff Wallace (Coach of the Year) and Assistant Coach of the Year (Assistant Coach of the Year) also won respective regional awards last month.
Kowase and teammates Lauren Herring, Silvia Garcia and Fuller will begin play in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships on Wednesday. More information can be found here.