April 14, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team along with senior administrative staff will honor its two seniors, Catherine Newman and Hannah Blatt at the conclusion of practice on Thursday.
The two seniors will be honored for their four years of commitment and excellence on-and-off the court at a gathering at 4:45 p.m., in the conference room of the Currey Tennis Center.
Newman, who has been regarded by head coach Geoff Macdonald as “one of the hardest working players he has coached in his 22 years of collegiate coaching,” will close out her career as one of the school’s all-time winningest singles players. Newman enters the weekend with a 104-48 career record in singles and 82-61 mark in doubles. The senior has posted 13-6 record this spring, including an impressive 7-3 mark in the SEC at the No. 1 singles position.
The Greenboro, N.C., native is on-pace to become just the fourth Commodore in school history to earn All-SEC honors all four years. Newman came to Vanderbilt as one of the top-recruits in the nation and made an immediate impact to the program on-and-off the court since her arrival to West End. As a freshman, Newman went 33-9 in singles and 27-11 in doubles en route to earning first-team All-SEC honors.
Off the court, Newman has excelled in the classroom, carrying a cumulative 3.89 grade-point average while majoring in civil engineering. Newman is a three-time SEC Academic Honor roll recipient and is an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. Earlier this month, Newman was named a finalist for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship, an award presented by the SEC. After graduation in May, Newman will pursue graduate studies in engineering at one of the nation’s elite universities.
Coach Macdonald on Newman:
Catherine to me is one of the best players to ever play at Vanderbilt. She leads a lot by example and is probably the hardest working player I have ever coached. She has put in a tremendous amount time over her career at Vanderbilt and we are very glad she chose to play for us.
Similar to Newman, Blatt too has had a sensational senior campaign on the court. After not seeing a lot of court time during the dual season of her first few years at Vanderbilt, Blatt has made the most of her opportunity this spring. Heading into the season, Blatt had a career dual record of 2-3 and had not played a match in conference. After going 10-6 in singles and 8-8 in doubles during the fall, Blatt has won 11 of her 15 matches this spring including eight of nine in conference. She sports the teams best record in conference play this season and has been a solid doubles player with partner Rachael Dillon for the Commodores.
Off the court, Blatt has excelled in the classroom so much that she was able to graduate from undergrad with a degree in Human and Organizational Development in December. Blatt is currently working towards a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. Like Newman, Blatt has been a constant on the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a Dean’s List student throughout her career at Vanderbilt.
Outside of the classroom, Blatt has been involved in numerous community service projects. She has volunteered with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and has assisted in building homes for needy families. The former Father Ryan prep standout spent a semester tutoring four hours a week at the Tennessee Prison for Women and spoke with the inmates while making a positive impact on their lives.
Newman and Blatt and the rest of the Commodores will close out the regular season on Friday, when they host Kentucky at 5 p.m. CT.
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