Dec. 11, 2012
On Sunday, December 9 at the Annual Meetings and Awards Ceremonies of USTA's Northeastern Ohio Tennis Association (NEOTA), Mitsuki Fukamachi received the 2012 Junior Girls Sportsmanship Award from the president of the NEOTA Mr. Kevin Senich.
This yearly award is given to only one girl junior player between the ages of 10 and 18 at the conclusion of every year. Jacob Dunbar was the recipient of the award for the boys.
The USTA-NEOTA has long recognized outstanding sportsmanship displayed by the junior players that participate in tournaments and leagues. Fukamachi has exhibited consistent display of outstanding class, perfect on-court demeanor, and maintained the highest standards of tennis etiquette.
Ms. Carol Gander, Executive Director of the USTA's NEOTA commented: "During a calendar year all tournament directors submit names for the NEOTA Sportsmanship award, both boys and girls. Mitsuki had high praise from our major tournament the District Qualifier for Midwest, The NEOTA District Cup Team, other tournaments, and also from other players and parents. This is the only award for sportsmanship in the district and we are very careful in our selection. As the Executive Director and tournament director have enjoyed Mitsuki throughout her junior years and wish her best of luck at college."
Another current member of the Siena Women's tennis team, Allysa Singh (Freshman.) was awarded similar sportsmanship awards from the USTA Southwest Section during her junior career.
"This award tells you what Mitsuki is all about, and the quality of character the student athletes we recruit to come to Siena possess," head coach Andy Christodoulou said. "Despite her fierce competitive spirit, she maintains honest, open nature and positive disposition throughout her matches. This award also shows how well she will fit in at our school which practices these same virtues through its founding the Franciscan tradition."