tennisThe Smith tennis team was honored this month by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) with its National Team Sportsmanship Award.

The award is given each month to one men’s and one women’s team that exemplify outstanding sportsmanship, character and ethical conduct in the spirit of competition and collegiate tennis. The Northwestern University men’s tennis team also won the award in March.

Winning teams are selected by the ITA Ethics and Infractions Committee from nominations received from all ITA member institutions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and junior/community colleges).

“The members of the Smith tennis team hold sportsmanship in high esteem and I am honored to accept the award on their behalf,” said head coach Chris Davis, who has led Smith tennis since 1979. “I wish to thank my coaching colleagues and the ITA.”

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes the athletic and academic achievements of collegiate tennis nationally. The ITA, which is comprised of over 1,500 men’s and women’s varsity coaches representing more than 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 20,000 college varsity student-athletes at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and junior college levels.