May 14, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its postseason regional honors this week and among those recognized were Boise State seniors Sandy Vo and Anissa Bryant-Swift. They are the first ITA honors given to Broncos since the 2010 campaign when Pichittra Thongdach received the Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award. The Boise State duo makes up two of the four Mountain West student-athletes recognized by the ITA this spring.
"I'm so proud of these two young ladies who always represent our program and university so well," said head coach Beck Roghaar. "It's an incredible honor to win these awards from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, and Sandy and Anissa will represent the mountain region very well as they are now one of 12 finalists for the national awards."
Sandy Vo, from Melbourne, Australia, was named the ITA Mountain Region Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award winner for her conduct on and off the court. She just completed her senior season going 19-9 in singles, as well as a solid 14-6 playing on court one during the team dual season this spring. Vo also went a combined 15-10 in doubles during the 2013-14 campaign. She was named to the All-Mountain West team three weeks ago for both singles and doubles.
"Sandy has exemplified sportsmanship throughout her career here at Boise State, bringing a "can do" attitude, intensity, competitive nature, and respect to the court each time she steps out there," commented Roghaar. "She embodies what college tennis is all about, and she possesses a great ability to see each match as an opportunity to learn, test herself, and grow. She respects the game and her opponents because they give her that opportunity, and it is rare gift to see that so early in one's life. It's one of her many gifts that let us know that great things are in store for her future."
Anissa Bryant-Swift was named the ITA Mountain Region Most Improved Senior of the Year. This is the first time that a Broncos has ever received this award. Anissa completed her senior season with an overall singles mark of 20-12 and 13-9 in duals playing on courts two, three and four. In doubles she went a combined 18-9 overall.
"Anissa is one of the most exciting players I've had the opportunity to coach," said Roghaar. "When she came to us from her junior college two years ago she had sky high potential and so much raw talent. She worked incredibly hard to find her true game style that would utilize all of her talents and strengths effectively and was very successful at that. She was very motivated to grow her tennis IQ, and I think that was the greatest area of growth for Anissa which allowed so much of her amazing improvement. To not only work her way into the lineup this year, but have such a successful record playing primarily at No. 2 singles and doubles for us is just an outstanding accomplishment."