Perkins Named Finalist For Socrates Award

Dec. 12, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University women's tennis player Erica Perkins has been selected as one of eight finalists for the 2002 Socrates Award.

The award is presented annually to the college student-athlete who best exemplifies excellence in athletics, academics and the Socrates creed 'Strong Mind In A Strong Body.' This includes a student-athlete who has shown himself or herself to be a leader and quality contributor in their sport(s), an outstanding student academically and a quality citizen in his/her community. The inaugural award was earned by Purdue quarterback Drew Brees in 1999. Last year, Minnesota football player Ben Hamilton received the award.

This year's finalists, along with Perkins, are Courtney Choate (New Mexico, tennis), Nuria Clau (Wake Forest, golf), Stacey Dales (Oklahoma, basketball), Andre Davis (Virginia Tech, football), Joaquin Gonzalez (Miami, Fla., football), Zak Kustok (Northwestern, football) and Eli Manning (Mississippi, football).

The award will be presented at the March of Dimes National Athletic Award event, scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Mich. Sportscaster James Brown will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Fox Sports Net will televise the ceremony.

The public can vote online and help determine the winner of the award, which will be announced in early January. The winner of the online vote will receive one-third of the total possible vote. To cast a vote log on to

Being among the finalists for the Socrates Award is the latest in a long line of accolades for Perkins. The Seattle native is a graduate student with a 3.92 grade point average. She was named the 1998-99 USTWA Pacific Northwest Women's Player of the Year. She is a winner of the Lowe's Hardware and Garden Scholar-Athlete Award.

Last year, she earned Verizon Academic All-District second team honors and earned the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Cissie Leary Award for sportsmanship in the Northwest Region of the United States.

Other off the court activities include working with the WSU Team Care program and serving as a WSU Peer Academic Counselor for the past three years.

On the court, Perkins is the only player in WSU history to qualify for the NCAA Individual Singles Championships, a feat she has accomplished twice (1999, 2001). Currently, she is ranked 38th in singles and teams with Stacy McKenna as the 22nd-ranked doubles tandem.

Perkins' 74 career victories are tied for third all-time and just five short of the school record held by Andrea Reisz (1995-99). Last season, she posted 24 singles victories, tied for third on the Cougars' all-time single season list.

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