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).
This monthly award began in 2004. In addition to the obvious reasons, sportsmanship and fair play are considered important in college tennis due to the fact that players make their own line calls during a match.
Pomona-Pitzer is coached by interim head coach Brittany Biebl. Biebl served as the assistant coach of the Sagehens program for the past four seasons.
"Pomona-Pitzer is incredibly honored to be the ITA Team Sportsmanship award winners for May," Biebl said. "Within our program, we place great importance on sportsmanship and respect of the game. Our athletes play because they love the sport. Our focus on continually cultivating respect for opponents, teammates, ourselves and tennis as a whole helps develop a culture of hard work, poise, competitive spirit, and teamwork; we recognize that these attributes are as important to life as they are to tennis. Thank you for this recognition - it's great to hear that what we're doing is working."
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 20,000 college varsity student-athletes at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA website is www.itatennis.com.
Pomona-Pitzer finished the season with a 16-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA West Regional finals. Junior Jamie Solomon (Los Gatos, Calif.) will go on to play at the NCAA Singles Championships in Cary, North Carolina on May 26-28.