COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M senior women’s tennis player Anna Blagodarova was presented the Cindy Churchwell Aggie Heart Award at the team’s NCAA Selection Show gathering earlier this week.
Blagodarova (Toronto, Ontario) is 20-17 overall in singles and was the Big 12 No. 3 singles champion after going 9-2 in conference play. She was named to the All-Big 12 Team for doubles as she and partner Tiffany Clifford (Little Rock, Ark.) went 5-4 in Big 12 matches at the No. 1 line, including victories against second-ranked Lenka Broosova and Zuzana Zemenova of Baylor and 20th- ranked Vanja Corovic and Marija Milic of Texas. The Aggie duo is currently listed No. 51 in the national rankings.
“Anna is a type of player who really leaves everything out there,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. ‘She shows everything that she’s got and plays every point with everything that she’s got. She was a good choice for us for the Heart Award. She’s developed into a great player for us and has been such a great competitor for us.”
The team’s most coveted award is named after former Aggie standout Cindy Churchwell, who was the first recipient of the honor in1990-91. Kleinecke said the award is presented to the player who “went out every day and would do everything for the team, fought like crazy, never gave up and played with so much heart.”
The winner of the P.D. Gandy award, which goes to the player who compiles the most singles and doubles victories, is still to be determined and will be presented at a later date as the Aggies received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. A&M plays Washington on Friday, May 9, at Stanford, Calif.
Director of Tennis Operations Kevin O’Shea was presented the Aggie Spirit Award.