Aug. 17, 2005
INDIANAPOLIS - Recent Xavier University graduate and four-year women's tennis standout Lauren Clary has added another honor to her long list of achievements as the Terre Haute, Ind. native earned the National Collegiate Athletic Association's 2005 Sportsmanship Award. Clary represented the Atlantic 10 Conference on the national ballot after claiming the A-10's Sporting Award on May 19.
Clary is just one of six student-athletes in the nation to be honored as the Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conducted selected one male and female student-athlete for each division. The NCAA Sportsmanship Award It honors student-athletes who, through their actions in the competitive arena of intercollegiate athletics, have demonstrated one or more of the ideals of sportsmanship, including fairness, civility, honesty, unselfishness, respect and responsibility.
In Clary's nomination to the NCAA, Xavier head coach Jim Brockhoff stated "Lauren exemplifies the term student-athlete because of her commitment to doing things the right way whether it is on the tennis court or through her extensive involvement in the community." Some of the community activities in which Clary has been involved include running in the Chicago Half Distance Marathon to raise money for the Terre Haute Self-Sufficiency Dental Fund as well as her volunteer work at the Rape Crisis and Abuse Center of Hamilton County.
Clary is a four-time All-Conference selection. She was the 2002 Atlantic 10 Performer and Rookie of the Year, becoming just the third player ever to win both awards in the same season. The Musketeers' all-time leader in singles and doubles wins, she ended her career with a 115-25 record in singles and a mark of 103-27 in doubles with all of those matches coming at the No. 1 position.
She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in psychology in May and was a three-time Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year in women's tennis (2003, 2004, 2005), becoming just the second person in A-10 history to earn three Student-Athlete of the Year awards in a single sport since the award was instituted at the start of the 1999-2000 season. Later this month Clary will head to St. Louis to attend Saint Louis University to pursue her doctorate in psychology.