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Date: May 25, 2007
Contact: Austin Stair Calhoun (540) 458-8674
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Senior Women's Tennis Player Earns Conference's Highest Honor

Senior Ginny Wortham

SALEM, Va. -- Senior women's tennis player Ginny Wortham (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Marjorie Berkley Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which was announced on Friday afternoon.

Wortham is a four-time All-ODAC selection and three time NCAA All-American, who finished the 2006-07 season with a 19-6 singles record and a 23-4 doubles record. An ITA Academic All-American and the 2007 Atlantic South Region Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award recipient, she finished her career with an 88-19 (.822) singles record and a 97-21 (.822) doubles record. Her 88 singles victories rank sixth all-time at W&L, while her 97 doubles wins are tied for third. She closed out her career as the Generals claimed the 2007 NCAA Division III Championship with a 5-2 win over Amherst in the final. During her four seasons, W&L went 99-8 (.925) overall and finished as the national runner-up on two occasions.

“The one characteristic of Ginny’s that has made the greatest impression on me is her supportive nature,” expressed Washington and Lee Interim Athletic Director, Chuck O’Connell, in a letter to the conference. “She is always urging her teammates on no matter the circumstances. Her positive attitude about all things is very contagious.”

A business administration major, Wortham is an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Academic All-American, and was recently named to the 2007 CoSIDA Academic All-District team. She is a four-time ODAC Scholar-Athlete, a Washington & Lee Scholar-Athlete for all but one term, and is a consistent member of the University’s Dean’s List. She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma national business honor society and was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma for ranking in the Top 20 percent of her freshman class.

Additionally, Wortham served as Vice President for Administration for the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and the Public Relations and Programming chair for the campus’ Panhellenic Council. She is a member of the University Athletic Committee and is a tutor at Rockbridge Middle School in Fairfield, Va. Wortham was also honored to be the only student representative on the University Provost Search Committee.

Inaugurated in 1984, the Marjorie Berkley Scholar-Athlete Award is the conference's highest honor and is given each May to a member college senior and conference female sport participant who exhibits the highest athletic, academic, and extracurricular achievements. Ms. Berkley began her collegiate teaching career at Lynchburg College. Several years later after leaving Lynchburg, Ms. Berkley moved to Hollins University where she coached tennis, field hockey and soccer, and served as the athletic director for 30 years.


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Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-458-8676