LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena women’s tennis captain Ali Garrity from the women’s tennis team and senior captain Madison Obata from the water polo program have been selected as Siena College’s Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month for March. The pair is being honored for their success both during competition and in the classroom.
Garrity is 9-5 in singles during dual play this season. She plays all singles in the number one position and is on a two-match winning streak. She is a perfect 4-0 in MAAC play. Garrity and doubles partner Mitsuki Fukamachi are 14-0 in dual play in doubles this season. They play in on court one for doubles and are a perfect 4-0 in conference play. She has been named MAAC Tennis Player of the Week twice this season. Garrity and the women’s tennis program broke a school record as they started their season 15-0. Her and Fukamachi were named to All-MAAC Second Team as doubles in 2015-16.
The Medina, Ohio native has a 3.54 grade point average in psychology after boasting a 3.9 GPA in the fall semester. She is a presidential scholar for Siena. She is an active member of SAAC. Garrity has completed community service both with the tennis program and with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
She has a 3.42 cumulative grade point average in English. Obata has been named to the MAAC All Academic Team once. She is the SAAC President for the 2016-17 school year. She has participated in multiple community service events this year. The Water Polo team went to Camp Challenge Ride and Run to help volunteer at the event by handing out water and cheering on the participants. She then participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Obata has been to the Ronald McDonald House twice this year.
The Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month Award is presented nine times annually (September-May) throughout the academic year. The award recognizes exemplary achievements in both academics and athletics. The late Leo Dufort received a B.S. in marketing and management from Siena in August of 1977. His entire academic career was completed on a part-time basis beginning in the spring of 1961, as a married adult while at the same time raising five children. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack while cross country skiing in February of 1993. His wife Jeanine wanted to do something to immortalize his memory. The original plaque was donated to athletics and the department began the Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month Award to help carry out his legacy. Dufort graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1954, was a Navy Veteran (USS Bennington) who worked for JL Hammett Co. at the time of his death.