2012 James O'Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award Winners Named

Abilene Christian’s Hach, State College of Florida’s Murphy Receive James O'Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Awards Presented by Rolex Watch, USA

2012 Sportsmanship

MOBILE, AL – Hans Hach of Abilene Christian and Chloe Murphy from the State College of Florida were named the 2012 James O’Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award winners, 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.

“Winning the sportsmanship award means a lot to me” said Hach, who reached the Division II finals of the 2012 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.  “I wasn’t expecting it, but it’s a great award to win.”  

“He’s a class act guy” said Abilene Christian assistant coach John Walker.  “The way he handled himself on the court is something we are proud of.  He represented ACU extremely well, it’s a huge award.”

JUCO women’s singles winner Chloe Murphy was also very humble when learning of winning the award. “I wasn’t expecting to win the award, I didn’t even know it was going on” said Murphy.  “I just tried to play fair the whole tournament and it paid off.  I thought everyone at the tournament was really fair so I don’t think there was a clear winner but I’m over the moon that I got it.”

“Not only to win the tournament but to win the sportsmanship award shows that you can do really good things and have a great attitude, I’m just really proud of her” said State College of Florida head coach Betsy McCormack.  “She’s a great girl so it doesn’t shock me at all [that she won the award].  I mean she’s about as nice as they get so I definitely think she deserved it.”

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