August 31, 2005

LINDSAY HAGERMAN NAMED NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR FOR VIRGINIA

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced the state winners for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award on Tuesday afternoon. Lindsay Hagerman (Wichita Falls, Texas/Highland Park), a 2005 Washington and Lee graduate and former member of the Generals' women's tennis team, was named the winner of the award for Virginia.

The NCAA Woman of the Year recognizes outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership.

Hagerman was among seven Division III athletes recognized with a state award out of 352 nominees nationwide. She will now be considered for the 10 finalists for the national award which will be announced in late September. The NCAA Women of the Year Award is among the NCAA's most prestigious individual awards.

Hagerman graduated from W&L with a 3.71 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in history. This past spring, she was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships to use while working toward her masters degree in history at the University of Delaware.

A seven-time All-American and a two-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of the Year, Hagerman helped lead the Generals to a 22-1 record and a runner-up finish at the 2005 NCAA Division III Tournament. Hagerman also became the first-ever W&L women's tennis player to win the NCAA Singles Championship after she defeated DePauw's Liz Bondi, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, in the finals. She finished the season with a school-record 37 wins (37-1) and also holds the W&L all-time record for singles (117-17) and doubles (108-17) victories.

Other athletic accomplishments Hagerman garnered during her senior season included earning the 2005 ITA Atlantic South Region and National Senior Player of the Year honors and being one of 26 players named to the 2005 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Star Team presented by the The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Hagerman also captured the ITA Division III National Singles Championships this past fall and was the ITA Co-National Rookie of the Year in 2002.

Off of the tennis court, Hagerman was a two-time ODAC Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was named the runner-up for the NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship, was named the ODAC Majorie Berkley Award winner as the league’s top female scholar-athlete, was named the W&L Senior Female Athlete of the Year, and was a nominee for the Honda Award which is presented annually to the top female athlete in Division III.

Hagerman became the second General in the last three years to be named the NCAA Woman of the Year for Virginia. Hagerman joined her former teammate, Erika Proko, who won the award in 2003.

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