Sara Daavettila, a fifth-year senior from the College of North Carolina, was named the Honda Sport Award winner for Tennis as introduced at present by Chris Voelz, Government Director of THE Collegiate Ladies Sports activities Awards (CWSA).
The Honda Sport Award has been introduced yearly by the CWSA for the previous 45 years to the highest ladies athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports activities and signifies “the most effective of the most effective in collegiate athletics”. The winner of the game award turns into a finalist for the Collegiate Girl Athlete of the 12 months and the distinguished 2021 Honda Cup, which will likely be introduced on a telecast on CBS Sports activities Community on June twenty eighth at 9 pm ET.
Daavettila was chosen by a vote of directors from over 1,000 NCAA member faculties. Finalists included Katarina Jokic (Georgia), Emma Navarro (Virginia) and Estela Perez-Somarriba (Miami).
“It is an honor to obtain the Honda Sport Award for Tennis,” stated Daavettila. “I am very grateful and humbled to be chosen amongst so many unbelievable athletes and after such a difficult 12 months for everybody. Thanks to Carolina, my household, coaches, teammates, the superb athletic division and workers, and the Carolina neighborhood. The tradition at UNC is actually particular and imparts vital life values and gives distinctive alternatives. We play for the love of our sport, one another, and our unbelievable college. Carolina is a household and I am blessed to be part of it. The Honda Award is particular as a result of it acknowledges extra than simply athletic achievements and it’s a privilege to obtain it representing Carolina.”
Daavettila, hailing from Williamston, Mich., was the highest seed coming into the 2021 NCAA Singles Championship and the No. 2 seed within the NCAA Doubles Championship. She superior to the semifinals in singles and Spherical of 16 in doubles. Rating as excessive as No. 1 within the ITA nationwide rankings this season, she is the 2021 ACC Participant of the 12 months and a seven-time ITA All-America choice.
She was the 2019 ITA Fall Nationwide Championship singles titlist and a member of three ITA Nationwide Staff Indoor Championships. She holds the excellence of being the one participant to ever obtain the Most Excellent Participant award greater than as soon as on the ITA indoor event (2018, 2020, 2021).
With a profession file of 149-35, she is second in program historical past with 149 profession singles victories and the one participant in program historical past and simply the fourth from an ACC program to succeed in the NCAA Singles Quarterfinals on three events.
Off the courtroom, she was acknowledged as a Tar Heel Chief of Distinction, the very best honor bestowed by the Management Academy.
“Congratulations to Sara on incomes this prestigious award,” stated head coach Brian Kalbas. “She selected to return for a fifth season and labored more durable than ever in main our group to heights by no means seen earlier than right here at Carolina. Sara had an unbelievable profession and may be very worthy of the award, however what units her aside is her potential to be the most effective teammate she will be. Her selfless perspective to place the group earlier than her particular person success is what I am most pleased with when excited about what Sara achieved for our program.”
The CWSA, celebrating its forty fifth anniversary 12 months, has honored the nation’s high NCAA ladies athletes for his or her superior athletic expertise, management, tutorial excellence and eagerness to take part in neighborhood service. Since commencing its partnership in 1986, Honda has supplied greater than $3.4 million in institutional grants to the schools of the award winners and nominees to assist ladies’s athletics packages.
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