May 17, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt assistant women’s tennis coach Aleke Tsoubanos and senior Catherine Newman added another accolade to their storied careers this week as they were awarded Ohio Valley Regional honors by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Tsoubanos was named the 2010 ITA Assistant Coach of the Year for the Ohio Valley region while Newman was the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship in the Ohio Valley region.
Tsoubanos is finishing her third year as the assistant coach of highly acclaimed Vanderbilt women’s tennis program. Under Tsoubanos, VU has made three straight NCAA appearances including a trip to the program’s 11th consecutive Sweet 16 in 2008. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Tsoubanos has played an essential role in bringing in two of the nation’s top recruiting classes in 2008 and 2009. The Commodores current recruiting class is ranked among the nation’s top-15 by tennisrecruiting.net.
“Aleke is already a superb coach and she is getting better by the month, head coach Geoff Macdonald said. “She is one of the all-time great players in Vanderbilt history and this award doesn’t surprise me one bit. She is the best assistant coach I’ve worked with.”
In four years at Vanderbilt, Newman has compiled one of the best careers in school history athletically and academically. Heading into the NCAA singles championship Newman boasts a career singles record of 106-50 and has won 86 doubles matches in four years. Two weeks ago, Newman was named first-team All-SEC by the league coaches, marking the fourth time in her career that she has garnered All-SEC honors. In addition, the Greensboro, N.C., native was also the SEC Women’s Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year after posting an impressive 3.89 GPA while majoring in civil engineering.
Newman is a fierce competitor that displays class, grace and fairness to her opponent. In addition, Newman always gives the benefit of the doubt to her opponent.
“Catherine is a one of kind human being,” Macdonald said. “Her character, integrity, leadership, superb academics and outstanding achievement on the tennis court the last four years makes her an easy choice for this honor. She always competes at an incredibly high level but in a spirit of excellent sportsmanship.”
“Everyone in the country that Catherine has played is impressed not only by what a good player she is but the way she carries herself,” said Macdonald.