May 10, 2007
PROVIDENCE, RI - Senior Daisy Ames (Atlanta, GA), a four-year member of the women's tennis team, was named Brown University's RIAIAW (Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) Distinguished Female Athlete of the Year at a banquet held on May 2nd. In four years on the courts, she has compiled nearly 100 overall wins with 56 singles victories and 41 doubles wins. In the classroom, Ames has found the time to double-major in Architectural Studies and Anthropology, while taking advantage of some of Brown's best professors in both fields of study. On May 7th, Ames was also honored with the Bessie H. Rudd Award at Brown's All-Sports Banquet.
Ames came in as a freshman and earned significant playing time in both singles and doubles. She worked her way up from a 5-6 singles player to the 1-2 position, where she has played for the past two seasons. At the conclusion of last season, Ames was named Second Team All-Ivy in singles, picking up two wins over Yulia Rivelis of Penn, once during the fall and once during the spring, for her first victories over a ranked player. Last summer, Ames fulfilled her personal goal of winning the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tournament, while defeating her high school rival, Dasha Cherkasov of Boston College, for the first time in many meetings in the Tournament Finals.
"Her tennis career is a great story," said head coach Paul Wardlaw. "She's worked her way from a solid player to an All-Ivy performer. She's been an excellent leader on court and off by always giving 100 percent in practice and in match play. She definitely embodies the Bruno spirit of effort and attitude."
In addition to her full load on the tennis courts and in the classroom, Ames has also found time to give back to the Brown community. During her time on college hill, Ames has co-chaired various committees and programs, including the Brown University Campus Relations Program, the Brown University Faculty Liaison Program, and the annual Dave Zucconi '55 5K. She is also a member of both the Brown University Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Ivy League SAAC, serving as a Brown Student-Athlete Representative. Ames also serves on the Alcohol and Drug Committee and is a Student-Athlete Representative at Brown Corporate Meetings.
One female athlete from each college/university within Rhode Island is selected for the award. The RIAIAW has been in existence since 1976 for the purpose of promoting women's athletics throughout the state. The Distinguished Athlete Award honors women whose leadership, dedication, and athletics accomplishments define the true meaning of student-athlete.