NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
Cal State Northridge women's tennis senior Lorraine Cheung has won the ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award for the Southwest Region. Cheung, a four-year letterwinner for the Matadors, will graduate this spring with a degree in accounting and has been on the Matadors' top student-athletes throughout her CSUN career.
Named in honor of the legendary tennis pioneer and civil rights champion, the award is give to those students who "have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements."
Originally from Hong Kong, Cheung recently finished her fourth and final season with the Matadors and head coach Gary Victor. She finished the year 12-7 in singles play and 11-10 in doubles competition.
"It is a great honor to receive this award and recognition from the ITA, especially because of all the great players in the Southwest Region," Cheung said. "Throughout the season, I learned being a leader doesn't necessarily mean being the best player, but having the best attitude and effort. Being a leader is part of my personality and I am glad that I had an influence on the team."
The senior ended her Matador career with a 46-28 (.621) singles record and 39-28 (.582) mark in doubles play. She earned All-Big West Doubles Honorable Mention in 2011 with teammate Maria Pistalu.
Off the court, Cheung will be a three-time Academic All-Big West honoree and earned CSUN Varsity N honors three-straight years. She has interned with several accounting firms during tax season and has also worked as a tutor and mentor for her fellow student-athletes in a variety of subjects.
"This is a well deserved award for Lorraine because she has led by example for her entire career. To be awarded an honor associated with one of the great individuals of the 20th century speaks to Lorraine's character and leadership," CSUN head coach Gary Victor said. "Lorraine's fight has put her in one of the elite categories for student-athletes. The energy that she gives off has fed our entire program and she's an exemplary scholar-athlete."
Cheung has a full-time job lined up in October as a staff accountant for a firm in Los Angeles.