Arthur Ashe Honoree

Rosca earns Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship award for ITA’s Ohio Valley region

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After earning Senior Player of the Year for the ITA’s Ohio Valley region following the 2020 season, Vanderbilt’s Christina Rosca has been tabbed the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship award honoree for 2021.

Presented annually to student-athletes since 1982, the award is given to student-athletes who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

“This is such tremendous honor for Christina to receive college tennis’s most prestigious award for our region,” said head coach Aleke Tsoubanos. “We are so proud of her, she embodies everything Arthur Ashe stood for and I hope she is strongly considered for the national award.”

Rosca posted one of the most successful careers in program history throughout the last five seasons, racking up a total of 218 victories across singles and doubles to place third in program history for most in a career. She also surpassed the 100-victory mark in both singles and doubles this season, closing her run with 117 singles wins and 101 doubles triumphs.

Finishing the campaign ranked No. 18 in the Oracle/ITA rankings, Rosca put together an incredible run in May at the NCAA Singles Championship by reaching the Elite Eight after taking down ranked opponents from Florida State, Miami and Duke before ultimately falling to the second-ranked player in the country.

Overall, the Princeton, New Jersey, native finished the 2020-21 season with an 18-6 singles mark and a 17-7 doubles record while limited to only minimal doubles play in the fall while returning from injury. Making her singles return in the spring, she worked her way back up the lineup from No. 4 to No. 1 to help pace the Commodores.

A two-time All-American and three-time First Team All-SEC honoree on the court and an Academic All-American off the court, Rosca graduated last May with high honors earning a degree in neuroscience before earning her master’s degree in medicine, health & society this spring and finishing with a perfect 4.0 GPA.