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Date: December 9, 2005
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
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W&L'S ROBERTS NAMED A SEMIFINALIST FOR THE WOODEN CUP
Senior Tennis Player Among 12 Semifinals For the Award in Honor of John Wooden


Senior Patty Roberts

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee senior women's tennis player Patty Roberts (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) was named a semifinalist for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup presented by the Athletes for a Better World (ABW).

The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup is presented to two distinguished athletes from any sport – one intercollegiate and one professional – that best display character, teamwork, and citizenship, the attributes Athletes for a Better World deems central to transforming individuals, sport, and society. The award establishes the recipients as athletes of excellence both on and off the field, role models both as performers and persons, the most important and distinctive honor athletes can achieve.

In order to be nominated for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, the athlete must exemplify the values of the Code, which are: train with a disciplined, consistent work ethic; demonstrate fair play and sportsmanship; develop positive supportive relationships with teammates and coaches; win or lose with grace and dignity; contribute significantly to society through the gifts of time or money.

Although Roberts was one of 12 semifinalists for the award, the award finalists were: Grey Ballard, Men’s Soccer, Wake Forest University; Jamie Pelusi, Women’s Soccer, University of Pittsburgh; David Werry, Lacrosse, University of North Carolina; Erica Grimaldi, Women’s Basketball, Vanderbilt University; Jacob Gutierrez, Football, University of Oklahoma; Jacqueline DuBois, Cross Country/Track and Field, University of Oklahoma.

Roberts is a three-year letterwinner and a team captain for the Generals this year. She has helped lead the Generals to three ODAC Championhips, three NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of NCAA Division III Runner-up finishes. Roberts has posted a 25-5 career singles record and a 20-4 career doubles mark.

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Contact: Brian Laubscher
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