Roche Nominated For National Award

June 18, 2007

Amy Roche (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), a 2007 graduate of Middlebury College and a former member of the Panthers' women's tennis team, has been nominated for the 2007 NCAA Sportsmanship Award by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

The award is given annually by the NCAA to a male and female student athlete from each of the three divisions (six total). Nominees for the award have demonstrated good sportsmanship and ethical behavior in their daily participation in intercollegiate athletics, along with good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting and are in good academic standing.

Roche was named the 2007 NESCAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year and also earned NESCAC All-Conference First Team Singles recognition for the third year in a row. The NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2004, Roche was also honored for her doubles play with a spot on the Second Team. During this past spring, the senior captain led the Panthers to the top seed in the 2007 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship along with helping her squad reach the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA women's tennis tournament. Roche, who earned ITA All-America honors for both singles and doubles play this year, partnered with Claire Smyser this season in doubles play to reach the championship match of the 2007 NCAA doubles individual tournament.

"Amy consistently upholds the highest level of integrity on our team," commented first year head coach Mike Morgan. "She has consistently shown how much she cares for each and every player, no matter what position or attitude they might have, and really shows the greatest balance of fierce competitiveness and compassion for those around her.

"The one thing that sets Amy apart from others is her constant and infectious optimism. Every situation we came across this year was perceived and relayed to the team as a genuine opportunity in Amy's eyes. She helped our team to not only be one of the classiest teams around, but also one of the most competitive teams around."

The winners of the 2007 NCAA Sportsmanship Award will be announced in July.

-- courtesy NESCAC --