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Pottish, Hwang Receive Sportsmanship Awards

MOBILE, Ala. — Dillon Pottish, a senior from Emory University, and Annie Hwang, a junior at BYU-Hawaii, were honored on Saturday, October 15th, with the 2011 James O’Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Awards, presented by Rolex Watch, USA, at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.

The James O’Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Awards go to players who display outstanding sportsmanship and exemplify the spirit of college tennis during the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships hosted by the Copeland-Cox Tennnis Center in Mobile.

The award is given in memory of Jim Sargent, former Media Manager for Rolex Watch, USA, who was involved in a fatal car accident in 2000. Jim was a great friend of college tennis, an ITA All-American who competed with outstanding success and sportsmanship at Lynchburg College, and afterwards continued as a special partner to the ITA in his role with Rolex.

In addition to displaying outstanding sportsmanship throughout the tournament, Pottish and Hwang also produced solid results, each winning a divisional singles title to advance to the Super Bowl Championships. Hwang also teamed up with Sherry Liu to win the Division II doubles title.

Emory University’s Dillon Pottish

The No. 1 seed in the Division III men’s singles draw, Pottish lived up to his billing by cruising through the competition on his way to the division crown. His most dominant performance came in the divisional championship match against Adam Putterman, Washington University in St. Louis, where he gave up only a single game en route to winning the title. Pottish lost a combined nine games in three matches in Division III singles play.

Hwang was also the top seed in the Division II women’s singles draw, and she was almost as dominant as Pottish in claiming the divisional championship. The final match of the draw was expected to be a tight battle between Hwang and Barbora Krtickova, and the first set lived up to the billing as Hwang to it 6-4. The second set was a much different story, with Hwang breezing past Kritckova 6-0 for the championship victory.

BYU-Hawaii’s Annie Hwang

Hwang and Liu also had little trouble in taking home the Division II doubles title. They dropped a total of four games in reaching the final, but had a tougher match against top seeds Krtickova and Aleksandra Filipovski from Armstrong Atlantic. Hwang and Liu claimed the first set easily 6-1, but the second set was much closer, with Hwang and Liu taking it, 6-4.

 

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