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Chua Receives National ITA Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship

May 25, 2017

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State women’s tennis player Aslina Chua was honored as the national winner of the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship for the 2016-17 season by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

The ITA recently announced Chua as the Midwest regional winner of the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, advancing her to the qualifying pool for the national award. The candidates for the award were evaluated based upon sportsmanship, character, overcoming adversity, athletic performance and also with excellence in the classroom and extracurriculars.

The Kuching, Malaysia native is very active in volunteering with RISE—a nonprofit that uses sports to improve racial relations—and the Todd Martin Youth Leadership program. She also helps out with school readings, and teaching tennis to kids. 

She is a four-time MSU Dean’s List honoree, along with being a 2017 Academic Excellence Gala Honoree.

Chua had an overall singles record of 17-15 for the 2016-17 season. One of her highlight wins this season at No. 1 singles was defeating Martina Frantova of North Carolina State, nationally ranked No. 34.

She also competed at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles with partners Lexi Baylis and Erin Faulkner.

Once clinching the No. 1 spot in the lineup her junior year, Chua guided the Spartans to tie the record for second most team wins in school history at 17, one shy of the record 18. She helped lead the 2016-17 team to one of the most successful seasons in Michigan State women’s tennis history.




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