WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Make it two in a row for UNCW senior Christina Lee, who has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Women's Tennis Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year for the second straight year.
The Charlotte, N.C., netter was one of 11 student-athletes honored Monday by the CAA for the spring sports season. The conference honors one scholar-athlete in each of its 22 championship sports. Nominees for the award must be a starter or important reserve on their team and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. The winners were selected by a vote of the sports information directors at each CAA institution.
"I'm elated that Christina has been recognized again as our conference's top scholar-athlete in women's tennis," said Jenny Garrity, UNCW's 13-year coach. "In our program, we constantly search for players who excel in both the classroom and on the court. With Christina, we hit a grand slam home run.
"She has been the epitome of a student-athlete and is even a better person off the court. Her education is extremely important to her and she helped raise the bar of our program every single year, working hard and laughing while doing it. While she is leaving some big shoes to fill, I know our returning players will continue to strive for excellence in the classroom and on the court."
A mathematics major with a minor in Spanish, Lee was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team in 2012 and was the recipient of the Chancellor's Cup, UNCW's top academic award for a student-athlete. Lee received First-Team All-CAA honors in singles for the second year in a row after posting a 12-9 record and was a second-team All-CAA honoree in doubles.
Lee led UNCW to its highest national ranking ever and a berth in the semifinals of the CAA Championship. She ranks third in career singles wins and 10th in career doubles victories at UNCW.
Lee is the second CAA player to win the award twice in its 10-year existence, joining Old Dominion's Nataly Cahana (2002-03, 2003-04). UNCW's Lindsey Hess also won the award in 2005-06.
Joining Lee on the spring awards list are Towson junior Zach Fisher in baseball, Delaware senior Greg Matthias in men's golf, Georgia State senior Charlotte Lorentzen in women's golf, Hofstra senior Andrew Gvozden in men's lacrosse, Hofstra junior Jill Maier in women's lacrosse, Northeastern senior Greta Haselmann in women's rowing, Hofstra junior Olivia Galati in softball, Georgia State junior Victor Valente in men's tennis, William & Mary senior Brandon Heroux in men's track and field and James Madison junior Katie Harman in women's track and field.