Guillermo Named Regional Winner of ITA Sportsmanship Award
May 13, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – Junior Lorraine Guillermo of the Pepperdine women’s tennis team was honored for her dedication to her squad and named the Southwest Region’s winner of the ITA Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship.
A national winner will be selected out of the pool of 12 regional finalists next week Tuesday, May 20 in Athens, Ga. where the NCAA Team, Singles & Doubles Championships will be contested.
The ITA Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship goes to a Division I women’s player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team’s performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis. It dates back to 1997 and is memory of the late and widely admired Penn women's tennis coach Cissie Leary.
“Lorraine has always been a team player,” praised head coach Gualberto Escudero. “She loves her team and has really grown into her leadership role this year. Everything she gives, she gets back in return from the rest of the players.
“She is looking so forward to coming back to the team next year,” continued Escudero, “The players all love each other and care about each other. I think she will be the ultimate leader next year as a senior.”
Guillermo (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS) has been a leader by example ever since she stepped foot in Malibu for her freshman season in 2011-12. Since her sophomore campaign, she has shouldered the responsibility of playing from the No. 1 spot in both the singles and doubles lineup with poise and competitive spirit while representing the Waves with ubiquitous sportsmanship.
Now an upperclassman, Guillermo took the leadership role to heart in 2013-14 and could always be heard cheering on her teammates in between the points of her own matches. The vocal encouragement appeared contagious as it became apparent that all the Waves truly played for one another while out on the court.
Guillermo was an All-West Coast Conference first team pick in both singles and doubles after leading Pepperdine to the 2014 WCC Tournament title. Starting on March 8 and extending through the first round of the NCAA Championship, Guillermo and the Waves won a program-record 15 dual matches in a row to break the 1999 record of 14 consecutive wins.
Heading into next week’s NCAA Singles Championship, Guillermo owns a season record of 29-10 which includes nine wins over ranked opponents. Pepperdine’s ace is currently ranked #26.
Guillermo is the program’s second regional winner of the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, following Paola Palencia in 2001.