(Courtesy of Pepperdine Media Relations)
MALIBU, Calif. - Senior Lorraine Guillermo of the Pepperdine women's tennis team was honored as the southwest regional winner of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, as announced today by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. The award, first given out in 1982, goes to men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
A national winner will be selected out of the pool of 12 regional finalists next week Tuesday, May 19 in Waco, Texas where the NCAA Team, Singles & Doubles Championships will be contested. Guillermo (Walnut, Calif./Rowland HS) will represent the Waves in the 64-player singles bracket.
Guillermo has led by example ever since her freshman season in Malibu and has made conscious choices to step out of her comfort zone and work towards becoming a stronger vocal leader. The senior has led numerous Bible studies this past year, has mentored other students and has even led convocation, citing the experiences have helped her become more confident speaking in front of others.
The 2015 West Coast Conference Player of the Year takes Pepperdine's mission of strengthening lives for purpose, service and leadership to heart, making it her personal mission to be "diligent to my sport and friends by striving to be an example of a good and fair person." She goes on to say that she hopes that through her hard work and positive example, she can help others realize their fullest potential.
Not only is Guillermo diligent about being a good sport on the court, she values making a difference off the court as well. Guillermo is an active member of Pepperdine's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a regular volunteer within the community.
Guillermo will end her Pepperdine career as an ITA Singles All-American, by virtue of earning a top-16 seed at the NCAA Singles Championship. The senior enters the championships, held on May 20-25 in Waco, Texas, ranked #9 in the country. She boasts a 2014-15 record of 30-7, including a 10-5 tally vs. ranked opponents.
As a high school student in 2010, Guillermo was the winner of the Evelyn Housman Junior Sportsmanship Award, one of the highest honors given to a junior tennis player by the Southern California Tennis Association. Last year as a junior, Guillermo was the regional winner of the ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, given to a Division I women's tennis player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis.
Earlier this season, Guillermo was voted the recipient of Pepperdine's Maurice Hilliard Award, given in honor and memory of Pepperdine's late athletic chaplain to a student-athlete that exemplifies the attributes of Christian faith, character and leadership.
Guillermo is the fifth Pepperdine tennis player to earn the ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, but the first on the women's side. Alums from the men's team to be recognized include Al Garland (2002), Calle Hansen (2003), Omar Altmann (2009) and Sebastian Fanselow (2013).