Aslina Chua, an MSU women’s tennis player, was awarded the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship for the 2016-17 season by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, or ITA.
After being nominated as the Midwest regional recipient of the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, Chua was in the running for the national award. Chua and the other nominees were judged based on their sportsmanship, athleticism, academic and extracurricular performance, integrity and persistence through hard times. Chua was announced as the nationwide winner on May 25.
Chua has an extensive background as a student and community member. She’s a volunteer with organizations such as the Ross Initiative for Sports in Equality, or RISE, which uses sports to encourage social progression, and the Todd Martin Youth Leadership program. After being honored on the Dean’s List four times, Chua was also a 2017 Academic Excellence Gala Honoree.
Chua’s singles record for the 2016-17 season was 17-15, with a notable victory against Martina Frantova, who is nationally ranked at No. 34.
As a junior, Chua took the No. 1 spot in the lineup and helped the team reach 17 wins, which is just below the school record of 18.
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