May 15, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Lele Forood, Alice Barnes, Amber Liu and Theresa Logar were all honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as Regional Award Winners, announced last week by the ITA. National honors will be announced on May 22 during the NCAA Tournament at Stanford.
Forood, in her sixth year at the helm of the Stanford program, was named the 2006 Northwest Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for NCAA Division I women's tennis. Forood, the 2003 Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year, owns a 164-3 record as a head coach and has captured four NCAA Team Championships, in addition to one Runner-Up finish.
For the second year in a row, senior Alice Barnes has been named the Northwest Regional winner of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship, given to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. A two-time team captain, Barnes is also ranked No. 5 in the nation in singles and No. 1 in doubles.
Fellow team captain and senior Amber Liu, a two-time NCAA Singles Champion, was named the Northwest winner of the ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, which goes to a women's player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis. Liu, who is ranked No. 8 in the country in singles and No. 22 in doubles, was also selected the and the ITA Senior Player of the Year from the Northwest Region.
Junior Theresa Logar, who is ranked No. 10 in the nation at singles, was selected as the Northwest Region ITA Player to Watch, which is given to a player who has had an outstanding season and is expected to perform at a high level the rest of her career. This award's criteria also includes a player's sportsmanship and character.