University of Minnesota women’s tennis player Danielle Mousseau (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) has earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, a week after earning the ITA Midwest Region’s Sportsmanship Award. Mousseau was named the national award winner yesterday at the 2007 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships in Athens, Ga. Head Coach Tyler Thomson received the prestigous award on Mousseau's behalf.
Mousseau, a junior, was named Minnesota’s 2007 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree last month. The Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship goes to a women’s 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 am honored to receive the ITA/Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award," Mousseau said. "Representing the Gopher family and my immediate famly in a positive way has always been important to me and I think it's great that there is an award to recognize just that."
This past season, Mousseau compiled a 17-16 overall record, a 10-10 dual mark and a 3-5 record in Big Ten play. She finished the year third on the team with 17 overall wins and was undefeated in the dual season at 10-0 when winning the first set. In doubles play, Mousseau posted a 15-14 overall doubles record, a 7-10 dual mark and a 2-6 Big Ten record.
"This award is a great honor for Danielle, her family and the University of Minnesota," Thomson said. "She showed incredible leadership and commitment to the team throughout the season. I, and the entire Golden Gopher family, are extremely proud of Danielle."