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– Voted on by a panel of the eight participating head coaches at the 2016 ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, hosted by DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced on Friday that MIT is this year’s ITA Team Sportsmanship Award recipient.

The ITA Team Sportsmanship Award, now in its second year of existence, is presented to the team that displays exceptional sportsmanship, character and ethical conduct during the national championship event.

The Engineers competed hard at the 2016 ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, and, despite falling short in all three matches (two by a 5-4 score), showed respect towards all of their opponents and conducted themselves with exemplary class on the courts.

"It's a very big honor to be chosen for the 2016 ITA Team Sportsmanship Award,” said MIT head coach Carol Matsuzaki. “I'm very proud of our team for competing hard and with class and dignity. Our sincerest congratulations go to all the teams that competed at this tournament and especially to Pomona-Pitzer for winning the national championship. We would also like to thank the ITA and host DePauw University for giving us a great athletic experience."

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