TEMPE, AZ – Voted on by a panel of the 16 participating head coaches at the 2018 ITA Division III National Men’s and Women’s Team Indoor Championships, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s team was awarded the Steve Wilkinson Team Sportsmanship Award, while the Washington University in St. Louis women garnered the ITA Team Sportsmanship Award.
Playing in the National Team Indoor Championship for the first time since 2009, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps reached the championship match, where they battled No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Emory down to the final court before falling 5-4 in a thrilling contest.
“Steve’s legacy is so much about playing the right way and to be mentioned alongside his name is an honor for our program,” said CMS head coach Paul Settles. “We are thankful to be part of Division III, which places sportsmanship among its core values and this tournament field all competed with great class throughout the weekend.”
The Steve Wilkinson Team Sportsmanship Award, which was introduced in 2015, is dedicated to the memory of Steve Wilkinson, long time Gustavus Adolphus men’s tennis head coach and founder of Tennis & Life Camps. The award is presented to the team that has displayed exceptional sportsmanship, character and ethical conduct in the true spirit of competition and college tennis during the ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship each year. The 2018 National Team Indoor Championship was hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.
Washington University in St. Louis has been a consistent presence at the DIII Women’s National Team Indoor Championship, and in 2018, the team posted 1-2 record.
“We are so honored to be have been selected as recipients of the ITA Team Sportsmanship Award for the ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship hosted by Sewanee: University of the South,” said Wash U head coach Kelly Stahlhuth. “As a coach, I could not be prouder of how hard we battled and how we handled those battles with dignity and respect for the game and our opponents. The Wash U Bears have big hearts and a passion to compete, and they understand the significance of being scholar-athletes who represent our Wash U university, community, and athletic department with integrity. Thank you again to the ITA staff, tournament officials and the Sewanee Athletic Administration and Coaches for hosting a great experience in Chattanooga!”
The ITA Team Sportsmanship Award, now in its fourth year of existence, is presented to the team that displays exceptional sportsmanship, character and ethical conduct during the national championship event.