June 2, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second year in a row, Francesca Di Lorenzo, a sophomore on the Ohio State women’s tennis team, is one of four nominees for the Honda Sport Award for Tennis, Chris Voelz, executive director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA), announced Friday.
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 41 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.” The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on June 26 in downtown Los Angeles.
The nominees were chosen by a combination of NCAA finish and ITA rankings. The Honda Sport award winner for tennis will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.
Di Lorenzo was the No. 1-ranked singles player all spring after winning two ITA titles in the fall. The No. 1 seed in the NCAA Singles Championship, she was 37-2 in 2016-17, with a 27-1 mark in dual play and an 18-2 ledger vs. ranked foes. Her 37 wins tied her program record for single-season victories, first set a season ago. She was 23-3 in doubles, with all 26 matches in the spring, and ended the season ranked third in doubles with senior Miho Kowase.
The New Albany native joined with Kowase to win the NCAA Doubles Championship, the first NCAA title in program history. In the fall, Di Lorenzo won both the Riviera ITA All-American title and defended her ITA National Indoor crown.
She earned All-America honors in singles and doubles and is the first two-time singles All-American in program history, as well as the second to win both singles and doubles All-America accolades. Di Lorenzo was the Big Ten Player of the Year and a First Team All-Big Ten selection for the second straight year.
A sport industry major, Di Lorenzo is a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection and was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.