SKILLMAN, NJ – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Awards Committee after receiving nominations from ITA member coaches in the Northeast Region has announced that Williams College senior Will Petrie and sophomore Matt Micheli are 2012 award winners.
Petrie, a senior captain, was named the recipient of the Northeast Region ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. The Arthur Ashe Award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. In August the national winners are honored during a special ceremony hosted by the USTA during Arthur Ashe Kids' Day inside Ashe Stadium. This award which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
"Will has been a great player and leader for four years," said Eph head coach Dan Greenberg. "He works as hard as anyone on the court and in the weight-room, but he also pours his energy into the campus and community. It's amazing how many things he does at Williams and how well he does them. It's added so much to our team and to all the people he's encountered here."
Competing at #6 singles Petrie has posted a 15-6 mark in both singles and doubles play this year.
Micheli, who plays #3 singles and at #2 doubles with junior Felix Sun, has a season record of 16-10 in singles play and is 22-5 in doubles. "Matt had a great sophomore fall, reaching the finals of the ITA Regional in singles and doubles," stated Greenberg. "This spring, he's dropped only one doubles match with Felix Sun. What's exciting is that he comes in almost daily for extra work before practice and is always working on his game."
Next up for Petrie and Micheli is a date in the National Quarterfinals against NESCAC foe Bowdoin on May 21st at 8:00 AM in Cary, NC. The Ephs and Polar Bears split their two matches this season with Williams winning at Bowdoin 5-4 and Bowdoin winning the most recent contest in the NESCAC semifinals.