Leung Wins Honda Award
June 5, 2013
Middlebury College women’s tennis player Lok Sze Leung (Hong Kong) has been named the NCAA women’s tennis winner of the Honda Sports Award. The honor is presented annually to the top female athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. As a Honda prize recipient, Leung becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup. She was chosen by a vote of coaches from 1,000 NCAA member schools.
Leung had an amazing season, winning the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles Championship this spring. The sophomore finished the year with an overall record of 34-2 in singles play in ’12-13. At the NCAA’s, Leung earned straight-set wins in all five of her matches. In the title match, she earned a 6-1, 6-3 win over Kristin Lim of Claremont. With the win, she became Middlebury’s second women’s tennis singles champion, with Helen Motter taking home the title in ’93.
Leung captured the ITA singles national title during her first fall on campus in ’11. Last spring, she advanced to the NCAA title match, while also reaching the ITA singles championship this past fall.
The Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing not only superior athletic skills, but also leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Honda has been a sponsor of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards for the past 27 years. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.