AUM women's tennis player earns Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award

Auburn University at Montgomery freshman women's tennis player Jade Curtis was named the latest recipient of the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award for the 2010-11 academic year, LTC Bryon Bonnell and the AUM athletic department announced Wednesday.

Criteria for the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award includes being certified for eligibility and involved in participation of a varsity sport; performance on the field or court during the previous two weeks; contributions to the team's success through their individual leadership skills, their commitment to teamwork, their extra effort during practice and their demonstration of sportsmanship; and performance off the field of play, including academic success, character and exemplary community outreach.

Curtis was nominated following two straight-set singles victories against UAB and No. 16 Lee University. She also teamed with junior Ana Veselinovic in doubles to win a pair of matches, capturing 8-1 victories in each.

"Jade has a great work ethic with great discipline on the court, and gives a 100 percent in practice and conditioning," said head coach Rolando Vargas. "She has been playing at the No. 1 doubles and No. 2 in singles play this season, compiling a record of 13-2 in singles and 12-2 in doubles, while being ranked No. 12 in the nation in singles play."

Curtis is not only a contributor on the court, but in the classroom and community as well. She was recently recognized for making the Provost's Honor Roll, a distinction awarded to student-athletes who earned a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA for the Fall 2010 term. Within the community, Curtis and the Lady Senators went to Elba Elementary in Elba, Ala., where they talked about the different cultures of members on the team and about their playing experiences.

In addition to Curtis, men's tennis sophomore Boris Obama and baseball junior Cody Hall was also nominated for the award.

Curtis and the Lady Senators will return to action on Saturday, April 23, when they travel to Rome, Ga. to take on Shorter. The match is set to start at 1 p.m.