Six BIG EAST Tennis Athletes Earn ITA Awards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its Division I tennis awards and six BIG EAST athletes were honored.  DePaul's Matija Palinic took home two awards while Notre Dame's Greg Andrews and Shannon Mathews, Marquette's Gillian Hush and Rutgers' Morgan Ivey also were honored.  

 The ITA gave its awards by region, with the BIG EAST taking awards in the Midwest and Northeast Regions. 

 Palinic, a senior, was presented with the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, as well as the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award for the Midwest Region.  The Blue Demons lost to eventual runner-up USF in the opening round of the BIG EAST Championship on April 20.

Andrews was presented with the Player to Watch Award for the Midwest Region.  The sophomore was named the 2012 BIG EAST Men's Tennis Player of the Year and led his team to the second round of the NCAA Championship before losing to No. 5 Ohio State.

Mathews was named the Midwest Region's Senior of the Year after guiding the Irish to a 4-0 victory over Hawaii in the first round of the NCAA Championship.  She also was named the 2012 BIG EAST Women's Tennis Player of the Year.

Hush and Ivey earned the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship for the Midwest and Northeast Regions, respectively.  Hush, a senior from Marquette, led the Golden Eagles to a tie for sixth place in the BIG EAST Championship.  Ivey, a senior from Rutgers helped the Scarlet Knights finish in eighth place at the tournament. 

All of the BIG EAST regional award winners will be considered for the national awards, to be selected by the ITA National Awards Committee and honored at the 2012 NCAA Championships.