NORMAN, Okla.—The No. 18 Oklahoma women’s tennis team was honored as the recipient of the ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award for the month of March, the ITA announced Wednesday.
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 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). This monthly award began in 2004.
"This award is a really nice acknowledgement for this special group of student athletes," OU head coach David Mullins told the ITA. "It has been a fun process to watch them do all the right things and carry out the philosophy of this program while winning at a high level all season long."
The team was chosen for the sportsmanship shown during their 4-1 win over Memphis on Feb. 2. With snowy conditions in Norman, Mullins and assistant coach Cristina Moros offered to pick up the Memphis team since they were unfamiliar with driving in snow. At the end of a very competitive match, the Sooners overruled their own player that would have given them an individual and team match point. There was a chair umpire, but the Sooner coaches demanded Memphis get the point.
The Sooners return to action March 23 against Texas Tech to open Big 12 conference play.