Dominika Jasova: First Tiger to Win Arthur Ashe Award
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has selected Brenau University’s Dominika Jasova as the recipient of the 2014 ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award. The award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. This is the first time a Brenau student has won the prestigious award, and Golden Tigers Tennis Head Coach Andre Ferreira said it is well deserved.
“We are really happy for Dominika,” said Ferreira. “She is the first Brenau player to receive such an honor. She is just one of those players that don’t come by very often. As coaches would say: she is the complete package—athletics, academics and character. We are very lucky to have Dominika representing our team. She is smart, driven and genuinely cares about those around her. Although I wish she had a few more years of eligibility, I am looking forward to following her success beyond college.”
Jasova, a senior marketing major from Kosice, Slovakia, has shined academically and athletically during her journey at Brenau University. She is a 2013 ITA All-American in singles, and is currently ranked No. 7 in the ITA NAIA Singles Rankings, and No. 4 in doubles. She was the 2013 ITA Player to Watch and has an overall singles record of 52-24. Jasova is regarded as someone who leads by example and helps her teammates handle tough situations, both on and off the court. In addition to her 3.43 cumulative GPA, Jasova has been heavily involved in community service, sharing her time with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Hall County, Habitat for Humanity, Hispanic Heritage and Rally for the Cure.
The ITA, which is comprised of approximately 1,700 men’s and women’s varsity coaches and 20,000 student-athletes from over 1,200 institutions, has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership, sportsmanship and athletic performance. The ITA annually recognizes over 3,000 student-athletes on an individual and team basis from over 500 different varsity tennis programs. More than 300 coaches participate in the award selection process and serve on Regional and/or National selection committees.
To learn more about the ITA and see the list of 2014 award winners, visit http://www.itatennis.com/AwardsAndRankings/ITA_Award_Winners/2014_ITA_NAIA_Award_Winners.htm.