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Smatova Earns Regional ITA Award
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 05/12/2011
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EUGENE – While her season has concluded, University of Oregon women’s tennis senior Pavlina Smatova is garnering some postseason recognition.

Smatova was tabbed the Northwest region’s winner of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership & Sportsmanship Award. She is one of only 12 tennis players in the country in contention for the national award, which will be issued May 24.

The Ducks’ senior finished her final collegiate season with a 23-15 record on the singles court and a 23-13 mark in doubles play. Her 23 singles wins this season tied Katie Glynn for the sixth most in school history while her 22 victories while paired with Patricia Skowronski tied Kumi Nagamoto and Cindy Grall for the third highest total on UO’s single season list. The win total is also the seventh best for any Oregon doubles pairing on the career charts.

Smatova’s efforts on the court garnered her national rankings on both courts. She jumped as high as No. 79 in the singles rankings and No. 45 on the doubles circuit. The Plzen, Czech Republic native concluded her season as the 90th-ranked singles player after posting a team-high five wins against nationally-ranked opponents.

Off the court, Smatova is a model student-athlete, maintaining a 3.59 grade-point average as an international studies major. She has been recognized for her prowess in the classroom, garnering Pac-10 All-Academic honors in each of the past two seasons, including first-team honors following the 2010 season.

Smatova finishes her career with a 52-47 singles record and a 50-46 mark on the doubles court.

The purpose of the Arthur Ashe Collegiate Award is to honor Arthur Ashe and the vision that he embodied of the importance of education, sportsmanship, and leadership.  Tennis opened the door of higher education for Arthur.  Tennis and college offered him a springboard into a life of vast achievement; first as a world-class athlete, then as an educator and international humanitarian.

A complete list of the regional Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award is below.

Atlantic Yasmin Hamza, Virginia Tech
Carolina Haley Hemm, UNC Chapel Hill
Central Sarah Megoufel, Oklahoma State
Midwest Selma Salkovic, DePaul University
Mountain Sarah Cassman, US Air Force Academy
Northeast Amy Zhang, Rutgers University
Northwest Pavlina Smatova, Oregon
Ohio Valley Katie Chybowski, University of Evansville
Southern Connor Vogel, Mississippi
Southeast Federica Suess, Florida State University/ Cameron Ellis, University of Georgia
Southwest Natasha Marks,  University of Arizona

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