Cougar Tennis Player Erica Perkins Receives Award

May 16, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State tennis junior Erica Perkins (Seattle) has received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship winner for the Northwest Region.

The award is given to a player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis.

'I nominated Erica because she stands for everything the award is about,' WSU Head Coach Cari Groce said. 'After her injury last year which was season-ending and could have been career-ending, for her to deal with the adversity and come back to lead this team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament is very impressive.'

Perkins, who has 24 singles victories this season, will compete at the NCAA Individual Championships in Stone Mountain, Ga., beginning May 21.

'This is a huge honor,' Perkins said. 'I was surprised when coach told me I won. It is nice to be recognized because part of this award is about coming back from a hardship and being a leader and that is something I tried to do this year.'

Perkins is eligible for the national award, with the winner scheduled to be announced Sunday, May 20 in Stone Mountain.

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