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Ashlan Allison of Tiger women’s tennis team receives national award

Posted: May 16, 2013

Ashlan Allison, a senior from Anderson, Ind. and a member of Olivet's women's tennis team, has received the 2013 ITA/NAIA Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship. The award was presented to her at the National Tennis Championships banquet, hosted by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), on Monday, May 13, 2013.

This honor recognizes Ashlan for her hard work and dedication to academics, athletics and community involvement. She is a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete and a three-time member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) All-Academic team.

“We are proud of Ashlan, a young lady who has represented our tennis program and the ONU athletic department so well,” said Gary Newsome, athletic director. “She has won nearly 150 matches, has a 4.0 GPA, and will graduate with a double major. This is the definition of success — not the number of wins and losses, but going beyond the game. Ashlan has accomplished that.”

She will graduate from Olivet with honors in August, 2013, with a bachelor’s degree in social work and a second bachelor’s degree in business with concentrations in marketing and not-for-profit management. At this time, she has a 4.0 grade point average.

On April 23, 2012, she won her 100th career match as a member of the Tigers’ tennis team. As a senior, she currently has a singles record of 19-11 and a doubles record of 18-5. She helped lead the team to CCAC Regular Season and Tournament titles this season, earning an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships.

Outside of the classroom and off the court, Ashlan is busy helping others. She has served on mission trips to Guatemala and Haiti, and also several mission trips within the United States — including a relief trip to aide Hurricane Katrina victims.

She has also been active in her community, with the United Way, as well as volunteering with her church and at local schools, nursing homes and independent living locations. She has assisted with various projects through Enactus, Olivet’s business club.

“I feel so blessed to receive this award,” Ashlan said. “It is an honor to represent Christ, my team and Olivet in this way.”

Ashlan is just the second Olivet tennis player to receive this honor and the first from the women’s tennis team. In 2000, Craig Manes — a 2000 Olivet graduate — of Tiger men’s tennis received the distinction.

Percentage of Olivet freshmen who achieved ACT composite scores of 30 or higher (4% achieve this nationally)