Elsisi on WOY watch

Published 11:40 pm Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Rawia Elsisi, who completed her eligibility for the Troy University tennis team this spring, has been nominated for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year by the Sun Belt Conference to be awarded later this season.

“This is a great honor for Rawia,” Troy tennis coach Eric Hayes said. “It just speaks volumes for what she has done for the past four years, both athletically and academically. This is the first athlete I have ever coached that has been nominated for this type of award, and I have been doing this for 20 years. It is important she gets recognized for this award because she does more than just hit a tennis ball, she does so much in the way of community service – she is a giver.”

Elsisi completed her eligibility for the Trojans in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in April, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree from the University.

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“I am extremely excited about being nominated for such a great honor,” Elsisi said. “It really means a lot to be one of only two females to be chosen by the Sun Belt Conference, because there are so many other eligible student-athletes for this award.”

The graduate student has been a member of the Troy University 3.0-GPA Recognition Club since her arrival on campus, an academic award recipient from the Sun Belt Conference and a nominee for CoSIDA Academic All-America.

“I always strive to do my best in the classroom and on the tennis courts,” Elsisi said. “It takes time, hard work and a strong commitment to accomplish what I have done throughout my college career. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to represent Troy University and the Sun Belt Conference.”