|WTEN recognized for sportsmanship|
SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Idaho women’s tennis team earned the ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award on Wednesday, being nominated out of a pool of more than 1,000 eligible teams and selected by the ITA Ethics and Infractions Committee.
The ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award is a monthly award that goes to one men's and one women's team that has exemplified outstanding sportsmanship, character and ethical conduct in the true spirit of competition and collegiate tennis. The winners are selected from nominations received from all ITA member institutions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges).
Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said the assistant coaches have done a top job in leading the team this spring. He cited both Associate Head Coach Art Hoomiratana and Student Assistant Coach Abid Akbar as key to the team's success.
"Art volunteered with the programs in the fall and did an excellent job as an assistant in both our programs; and Abid is a past team captain who does a great job with our women's team. He's really embraced the role and does a great job motivating the team."
The Vandal women have been ranked as high as No. 51 in the national rankings this season, and are 16-4 heading into Friday’s Senior Day match against Oregon at 1 p.m. in Moscow.
"We try to mentor the players on focusing on the right things and going about things the right way," Beaman added. "I feel lucky to have worked with this group of fine young women and be a part of their commitment to reaching goals and doing it the right way."
In addition to their on-court successes, the Vandal women's team was praised for continuously outstanding behavior and politeness to opponents, event management staff and officials.
“This is a big honor for our women's program to win as it includes all levels of college tennis not just Division I,” Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. “Abid and Art have been a huge part of what this team has grown into this spring and this is a special group of girls to work with.”