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Mobile, Ala. - Georgetown College's Women's Tennis was named the NAIA-Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character team at the annual awards banquet held on Sunday, May 11, 2008. All 132 member schools were eligible to submit a nomination and Georgetown was chosen by the coaches association officers.Mobile, Ala. - Georgetown College's Women's Tennis was named the NAIA-Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character team at the annual awards banquet held on Sunday, May 11, 2008. All 132 member schools were eligible to submit a nomination and Georgetown was chosen by the coaches association officers.
The Tiger team was selected because of exemplary character and sportsmanship on the court, campus and community. Head coach Kevin Calhoun cited many examples in the nomination, including his students' discipline, integrity and willingness to give up personal goals for the benefit of the team.
"There is absolutely no doubt that these young athletes have learned much about themselves, who they can be and how to live after their college tennis ends," said Calhoun. "I could not be more proud of them and they way they have embraced the champions of character initiative."
But, perhaps junior Sarah Yost, who won the Mid-South Conference's individual champions of character award, said it best. "Character is a choice and we make the right choices and manage them...Every one of my teammates has character. I trust all of them to do what is right, even when it is hard."
In the NAIA National Championships, Georgetown fell in the opening round to Union College by a score of 6-3. Two of the wins came in doubles, as Emily Kerrick and Adrienne Bartlett defeated Juliana Negosek and Yeris Vargas 9-7, while Sarah Yost and Bianca Rugimbana beat Camila Cunha and Ximena Aguilar 8-4. Kerrick and Bartlett entered the tournament ranked 13th in the country.
It was the team's first earned appearance in the NAIA National Tournament, after competing as a host school in 2000 and 2001.
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