CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –Virginia women’s tennis sophomore Emma Navarro (Charleston, S.C.) has been selected as one of four finalists for the Class of 2022 Honda Sport Award for Tennis as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today.
Navarro joins Eryn Cayetano of Southern California, Sarah Hamner of South Carolina and Peyton Stearns of Texas as the finalists.
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 46 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 2021 Honda Cup which will be presented on a telecast on CBS Sports Network on June 27, at 9 ET/6 PT.
The tennis finalists were chosen by a combination of NCAA Championship finishes and national tennis 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.
Navarro is a Honda Award Finalist for Tennis in back-to-back years after earning the top seed in the 2022 NCAA singles Championship. She was the first player in UVA history to earn the top seed. She was ranked No. 1 in ITA singles for four straight weeks to end the regular season. She is a two-time All-American in both singles and doubles.
The CWSA, celebrating its 46th anniversary year, has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for their superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its partnership in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.4 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs.