Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
Molly Knox
Knox earns prestigious honor
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/14/2012
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Molly Knox, a senior on the Idaho women's tennis team, was recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for her efforts on the court, in the classroom and in the community, as she earned the ITA Mountain Region's Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.

Knox is now one of 10 finalists in the country for the national award, which comes with an all-expenses paid trip to the US Open and a lunch with the mayor of New York in the luxury boxes of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center.

The Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship award recognizes players exhibiting outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

"This award is the most prestigious award that a player can achieve in college tennis," Idaho coach Dan Pollock said. "It recognizes not only tennis achievements but the all-around character of an individual. Molly has gone above and beyond almost any student-athlete I know in terms of being an amazing leader on and off the court for our team this year. I can't think of anyone more deserving for such recognition than Molly, and she should be extremely proud of this award. She has a big future ahead of her."

Knox, a team captain, holds a 4.0 Grade Point Average in Pre-Medical Biology, and has been on the Dean's list every semester since 2007. She earned the 2012 College of Science Dean's Award as the outstanding graduating senior in Biology, and also spent the 2011-12 academic year as an undergraduate researcher for Dr. Eva Top.

She was an Idaho Scholar-Athlete in 2012, and earned the Kathy Clark Student Scholar-Athlete Award, as well as ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition in 2011. Knox has been a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars since 2008, and volunteers with seniors at a Moscow retirement home, as well as at Medical Clinics for the uninsured in her home region of the Tri-Cities during summer breaks.

The ITA Mountain Region consists of schools located in New Mexico, Arizona (not including the University of Arizona), Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

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