Colorado tennis player Nuria Ormeño Ruiz earned the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award for the Mountain Region on Monday.
She is the fifth Buffaloes player to earn the award, joining Kendra Strandemo (2005), Gleisy Torres Torres (2007), Winde Janssens (2013) and Julyette Steur (2015).
The ITA Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award is given to a student-athlete "who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis. It dates back to 1997 and is in memory of the late and widely admired Penn women's tennis coach Cissie Leary," according to the ITA's website.
A junior from Barcelona, Spain, Ormeño Ruiz led CU to one of its best seasons in recent history. She posted a 23-13 overall singles record, including 7-7 at the No. 1 singles position after moving into that spot halfway through the season.