May 18, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Senior Amy Sargeant was selected as the ITA Southeast Region Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship winner earlier this week. Sargeant was chosen by a panel of coaches that recognized her outstanding senior season as well as her hard work, leadership, dedication and sportsmanship she displayed all year.
"I'm so happy for Amy," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "Amy had a tremendous career as a Seminole, and to get this recognition by coaches in our community speaks highly to her success. She has battled through two very difficult surgeries and found a way to persevere though some very tough times. Her 'never quit, never die' attitude in the eye of adversity is exactly why she was chosen for this regional award. It was hard earned and much deserved."
Established in 1997 in honor of Penn's women's tennis coach, Cissie Leary, this award is given to the player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, enhancing the team's overall performance while exemplifying the true spirit of college tennis.
After a pair of surgeries during her FSU career, The Birmingham, England came back for her senior season and posted a record of 30-5 in singles, becoming just the fifth woman in FSU history to reach the 30-win mark in a single season. Her winning percentage of .857 ranks second in school history behind Mihaela Moldovan (.892). Throughout the season, Sargeant defeated two ranked opponents and strung together a 12-match winning streak to start the spring.
In addition, Sargeant went 4-0 in singles during the ACC Championships where she delivered the clinching point in the biggest collegiate tennis match of her career during the semifinals against No.13 Virginia.
After the Seminoles knocked out No.11 Clemson in the quarterfinals a day earlier, Sargeant was engaged in a battle on court four with Li Xi. As the last match in play with a 3-3 tie, Sargeant climbed out of a 4-1 deficit in the third set to defeat Xi, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5, lifting the Seminoles to a 4-3 win and third-ever ACC title match.
In doubles, Sargeant paired well with Mia Vriens and worked most of their matches from court two. The pair went 17-7 during the season.
Each of the 12 regional award recipients will have the chance to be selected as the national winner, which will be announced later next week.
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