Kamendova Captures ITA Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship

May 13, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University sophomore Ekaterina Kamendova has been named the Northwest Region recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, the organization recently announced.

A native of Moscow, Russia, Kamendova completed the 2008-09 season with 13 singles victories after fighting back from a potential season-ending injury when she suffered a collapsed lung early in the spring season at Weber State. Kamendova endured two surgeries to repair the lung then returned to the court one month later to resume her season. She held down the No. 1 singles spot all year and captured the No. 1 singles title at the 2008 Cougar Classic last fall. She closed out her sophomore campaign by earning the team's Strength and Conditioning Award at the year-end banquet.

'This is a great honor for Kate to be recognized with the Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award,' said Cougar Head Coach Lisa Hart. 'I know she will accept this award on behalf of not only herself but her teammates and our program. This is a perfect recognition of the character and perseverance of Kate and every member of our team this season.'

Kamendova is the second Cougar in the last three years to win the award as Marjolein van de Ven was the regional winner in 2007. The Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship is awarded to a collegiate women's tennis player who displays dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis.

The award is given to players in eight regions across the country with regional award winners moving on as finalists for the national award that will be announced later this month at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas.

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