UTC Netter Jenna Nurik Honored

Region Arthur Ashe Award

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Jenna Nurik received the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award for the Ohio Valley Region the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced this week.

Nurik just completed her career as the Lady Mocs first four-time All-Southern Conference performer. 

The ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. In August, the national winners are honored during a special ceremony hosted by the USTA during Arthur Ashe Kids' Day inside Ashe Stadium. This award, which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

“It is a special honor for Jenna to be our region's recipient of the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award, as there are so many outstanding student-athletes out there,” stated UTC women’s tennis head coach Jeff Clark.  “I am proud of her accomplishments as a student, an athlete, and a leader during her career at UTC, especially in her senior year."

Nurik finished the year with a 22-10 overall record in singles.  She was 16-4 at No. 1 in the spring and a first team All-SoCon selection.  She was 19-8 in doubles and ranked in the nation early in the season with teammate Kaylene Chadwell.  UTC finished its 2013 campaign with an 18-5 overall tally, the most wins for the program since going 23-1 in 1991.

Nurik graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology in the spring.  She posted a 3.90 grade-point-average and was elected to UTC’s Alpha Society.  She was also a three time ITA Scholar Athlete and twice named to the Academic All-SoCon team.  She will likely earn both honors again when they are awarded for the 2013 season.

Off the court, Nurik has been very active in promoting tennis to youth in her hometown of Roswell, Ga.  She has also been involved in community service initiatives.  She has volunteered with many of the student-athlete projects at UTC, including working at the Foodbank and with the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack.  She is also working with Dream Makers, a youth foundation that benefits children with special needs and is volunteering with the Special Olympics Georgia state tennis tournament on May 17-19.


Fair Announces Class 6A Preseason All-State Team

Murphy Fair has announced the Preseason All-State 6A football team in his magazine, Tennessee High School Football. When coaches were completing their survey for Fair's annual preseason high school football magazine this past spring, they were asked to vote for players in their own classification who were the best at what they do on the football field. To order a copy ... (click for more)

Griffey, Piazza Are Newest Members of MLB Hall Of Fame

The National Baseball Hall of Fame inducted two legends of its grand game Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, N.Y., as Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza become the newest members of one of the most iconic groups in the world. More than 50,000 fans and 50 Hall of Famers were on hand at Clark Sports Center to welcome Griffey and Piazza into the Hall of Fame. Piazza, who went in as ... (click for more)

Mayor Andy Berke Among Hillary Clinton Delegates At Democratic National Convention

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is among delegates for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, which gets underway today (Monday) at Philadelphia. Here is the full list of Tennessee delegates and alternates: Hillary Clinton Delegates Calvin Anderson Christopher Ball Megan Barry Andy Berke Gary Bynum David Cambron David Cocke ... (click for more)

Tennesseans Take Advantage Of Early Voting

Tennesseans are showing up to vote early in the  August 4  state primary and county general election. So far a total of 124,433 voters have voted early or cast absentee ballots. Early voting runs Mondays through Saturdays and ends  Saturday, July 30 . The easiest way for voters to find their early voting and Election Day polling locations, ... (click for more)

Make America Good Again - And Response

“No people can be great, who have ceased to be virtuous.”   Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) Last week I witnessed first hand the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. As I observed the happenings within the Quicken Arena, the one theme that continued to pop up again and again, was  Make America Great Again .  Of course, that being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Jerika’s Last Dance

There is a horrifying disease called spinal muscular atrophy type 2 that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. What happens is the nerve cells in a person’s brain stem and spinal cord slowly die and, without the ability to voluntarily control your muscles, your body withers away in one of the most painful ways you can imagine. Jerika Bolen, age 14, can’t stand it any longer, nor ... (click for more)