GAINESVILLE, Fla. - University of Florida senior Belinda Woolcock was one of four student-athletes selected as a nominee for the 2017 Honda Sport Award for Tennis announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today.
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 41 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics".
The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 26, 2017, in downtown Los, Angeles.
The nominees were chosen by a combination of NCAA finish and ITA rankings. The Honda Sport award winner for tennis will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.
Woolcock is joined as a nominee by Francesca Di Lorenzo from Ohio State University, University of Michigan's Brienne Minor and Astra Sharma of Vanderbilt University.
Woolcock, a senior from Melbourne, Australia, helped lead her Florida team to its seventh NCAA Championship and was the 2017 NCAA Singles runner-up.
A few of Woolcock's other Season Highlights:
- finished the year with a final ITA season-high singles ranking of No. 5
- became the 29th Gator to record her 100th career win finishing her career at 107-39 overall in singles and 90-37 in doubles
- a two-time first-team All-SEC honoree 2017 ITA Regional Senior Player of the Year
- two-time first-team All-SEC performer
- played No. 1 singles in every dual match after having played the top spot only once in her career prior to this year
- 16-8 vs. ranked opponents this year captured her 100th career singles win (29th Gator to do so)
- SEC Player of the Week (Feb. 22, 2017)
- 29 doubles wins, tied for second-most on the team this season two-time All-American
Honda Sport award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year and all Honda Sport award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup award presented in June.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation's top NCAA women athletes for 41 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women's athletics programs at the institutions.