FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas’ women’s tennis team earned the distinctive honor of winning the Lee Spencer Cup for the 2013-14 academic year. A Razorback Athletics Department initiative, the Lee Spencer Cup is presented annually to the team who demonstrates the strongest commitment to life skills initiatives, academic success, and athletic excellence. Teams are awarded points based on their involvement with Development Programs, Leadership, Service Learning Projects, Athletic Excellence, Academic Excellence, and Hogs for Hogs.
The University of Arkansas is committed to the enrichment of its student athletes’ lives. Through the creation of the Greg and Hannah Lee Student Development Endowment, the University of Arkansas, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has established the Lee Spencer Cup.
The Razorbacks shined throughout every criteria considered for the award.
“Winning the award says we have really high achieving kids who love being here and who are consistently looking for ways to contribute in more than one way,” 12th-year head coach Michael Hegarty said. “These are really multi-talented kids and it’s a great group that’s certainly got even better days ahead of them.”
2013-14 marked the fourth year the award has been given and the first year the women’s tennis program has won.
Among some of the events the Razorbacks took part in included Sweat Hogs – a program promoting staying active for grade school students, volunteering at the food pantry, and Hogs for Hogs – supporting other athletic teams at home events. The team also posted a 3.202 cumulative grade-point average for the academic year. On the court, the team finished with an overall record of 13-16 and spent the entire season ranked in the top 60 nationally.
Hegarty is quick to point out the driving forces behind the team winning the Spencer Cup was sophomore Shannon Hudson and junior Flavia Araujo. Hudson was named a 2013-14 selection to the SEC Community Service Team and Araujo was recognized as the 2014 Lee Spencer Cup individual champion.
“We’ve never had two players with the drive and desire to tribute away from the tennis courts like those two players,” Hegarty said. “That’s a really special thing and it’s great they’re back this year.”
The Razorbacks serve up their 2014-15 season Sept. 12-14 when they compete in the Little Rock Classic.
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