SKILLMAN, NJ -- The Carleton College women’s tennis team was honored Tuesday as the recipients of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Sportsmanship Award for the month of May.
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). Fellow Division III institution Wheaton College (Mass.) received the men’s team award for the month.
Luciano Battaglini is in his sixth season at the helm of the Carleton Knights women's team and has built a reputation as a coach with high morals, always emphasizing the importance of good behavior and fair line calls to his teams while continuing to compete at a high level.
"For the past six years, we have been stressing the importance of working/competing hard while respecting the game and our opponents in the process," stated Battaglini.
"For our team, outcomes are not as important as the process of learning the game and adjusting to difficult situations. Winning/losing is not really as important to us as competing hard and sharing this challenge with our opponents. The student-athletes on our team understand that they are representing their families, our college and ultimately themselves when they step on the court and we have very high standards regarding proper behavior. We are very proud to receive this monthly award, and we hope to continue working on all facets of this great game."
This spring, the Knights advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second straight season and the fifth time overall. They defeated Grinnell College, 5-1, in the opening round and then absorbed a narrow 5-3 setback to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the regional semifinals.
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. 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. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship.