June 2, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Brooke Doane of the Cal State Northridge women's tennis team received the 2010 ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship for the Southwest Region of NCAA Division I Tennis. The ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship goes to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
A junior from Ewa Beach, Hawai'i, Doane recently completed her third season with the Matadors. She finished 9-11 overall in singles play, competing mostly at the top two draws and earned All-Big West Second Team honors. In doubles, Doane went 12-6, all the No. 1 draw, to earn All-Big West Doubles First Team honors for the second-straight year.
"Competing at the No. 1 draw in both doubles and singles and defeating a nationally ranked opponent were some of the highlights of my season," Doane said. "As a team, even though we didn't place as high as we would have liked, it was still a very successful season. Our freshmen really stepped up and made it a winning year."
One of the most accomplished players in Northridge history, Doane owns a 50-11 (.820) record in her doubles career, the best winning percentage and second-most victories in school history. She has done so playing with a different doubles partner in each of her three seasons.
Her head coach, Gary Victor, was not surprised to see the honor bestowed on one of his 2010 team captains.
"Brooke has been an example of achieving success through hard work and integrity," Victor said. "I have had so many opposing coaches compliment her on game, her ability, and most of all, her sportsmanship."
Off the court, Doane is an active member of the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). As part of a group of Matador student-athletes, Doane has been an active member of her adopted community. She has participated in numerous events for multiple causes, including domestic violence and the Special Olympics.
Doane is a biochemistry major and is expected to graduate in the spring of 2011.