FLUSHING, N.Y. – The USTA/ITA Sportsmanship Awards were distributed on Saturday of the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, and the California Golden Bears claimed both men’s and women’s honors.
Andre Goransson was the men’s recipient, while Maegan Manasse took home the award on the women’s side.
Goransson, who reached the final of the men’s singles draw, where he fell to Tulane’s Dominik Koepfer 1-6, 5-7. The big-serving Goransson had an impressive run to the championship match, defeating Denver’s Diogo Rocha (6-1, 6-2), Ohio State’s Mikael Torpegaard (4-6, 6-3, 6-2), Texas A&M’s and fourth-seeded Arthur Rinderknech (6-2, 7-5) and Georgia Tech’s Chris Eubanks (7-5, 1-6, 7-5).
“It means a lot to receive this award,” said Goransson. “My dad always said, ‘play however you want, but behave well on the court’ and that’s shaped me throughout my career so far. I really admire people that are fighters on the courts, but have good attitudes as well.”
Manasse had a busy week in New York as well, competing in both the singles and doubles draws. Seeded second in singles, Manasse reached the Round of 16 with a win over Colorado’s Nuria Ormeno Ruiz. In doubles, Manasee and teammate Denise Starr were the top-seeded team and they victories over Oklahoma State and Pac-12 foe USC before falling to Kentucky’s third-seeded team of Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi in the semifinals 4-6, 2-6.
“I was thinking about all of the other people on the list that are great sportswomen as well, and I think it’s great that so many display great sportsmanship and for me to be honored with this award is great,” said Manasse. “I know when I was younger, my mom would always tell me to be nice to everyone and my sister would tell me to apologize if I didn’t (my opponent) the ball, it’s just really nice you get recognized for your tennis at great tournaments here, but you are also recognized for being a great sport and having a great attitude win or lose.”
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