Women's tennis hands out end-of-season awards
Posted: 05/31/2011 | Last updated: May 31, 2011 at 01:45 PM
BETHLEHEM, Pa – Lehigh women’s tennis team congratulated three athletes for their performance in the 2011 season as the team announced its annual end-of-season awards earlier this month. Freshman Kathleen Larkin was named the Outstanding Athlete, sophomore Patricia Muething was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year and freshman Taylor Hampshire received the Coaches Award. The Mountain Hawks finished their season with a 6-13 record.
The Scholar-Athlete award went to Muething for the second straight year. Earlier this month, Muething was named the Patriot League’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women’s tennis, marking the second straight year and the third overall that a Lehigh player won the award. The Scholar-Athlete award is given to the student-athlete who in the eyes of his/her teammates exemplifies the ideal of the scholar-athlete. Muething holds a 3.77 cumulative GPA in Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics. She made Dean’s list and the Academic Honor Roll after the 2010 spring season. She is one of five student athletes to make the Academic All- League Team. On the court Muething held down the No. 4 singles position for the Mountain Hawks.
Larkin was named the Outstanding Athlete of the Year in the 2011 season with a singles record of 8-11. This award is given to the athlete who makes the most outstanding athletic contribution to the team.Larkin led the Mountain Hawks with eight singles wins and teamed with classmate Jill Sloand to go 7-6 in doubles matches. In Larkin’s first tennis season, she competed in the No. 4 singles with a record of 1-0, No. 5 singles, carrying a 3-7 record with a 2-2 in Patriot League matches, and No. 6 singles, where she finished with a 4-4 record and a 1-1 mark in Patriot League results.
With a 5-12 overall record at No. 1 singles, Hampshire received the Coaches Award. The Coaches Award is voted by the coaches and given to the athletes who made significant contributions to the well being of the team in terms of attitude, improvement or leadership. Hampshire was thrust into the No. 1 singles and doubles spot as a freshman and was one of Lehigh’s top performers. She was selected to the All-Patriot League women’s tennis second team. Hampshire is one of five freshmen returning to the Mountain Hawks the 2012 season.