Stearns Named Finalist for Honda Sport Award for Tennis Class of 2022

Austin, Texas – Sophomore in University of Texas women’s tennis Peyton Stearns was named as one of four finalists for the Class of 2022 Honda Sport Award for Tennis, THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA), announced today. Stearns is joined on the finalist list by Erin Cayetano (USC), Sarah Hamner (South Carolina) and Emma Navarro (Virginia).

Presented annually for the past 46 years by the CWSA to the top female athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, the Honda Sport Award means “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.” The sports award winner becomes a finalist for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2022 Honda Cup. The Honda Cup will be presented during the Collegiate Women Sports Award live broadcast by Honda on CBS Sports Network on June 27 at 8 p.m. Central presents.

Tennis finalists were determined by final ranking and NCAA competition. The Honda Sport Award winner for tennis will be announced later this week following voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has one vote.

Earlier today, Stearns was named ITA International of the Year, an honor bestowed annually on the men’s and women’s players who finish the season ranked #1 in the final National Singles rankings. After leading Texas to their second straight NCAA team title that year, she became the first player in program history to win the NCAA singles championship and finished the season with a 33-2 overall singles game record.

Stearns paired with partner Allura Zamarripa in doubles and earned ITA Doubles All-America honors that season. The duo advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles and was #10 in the final ITA National Doubles rankings. Stearns was also named the 2022 Big 12 Player of the Year, Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Championship, and Big 12 Singles Champion at No. 1 singles chosen.

Now in its 46th year, the CWSA has recognized the nation’s top NCAA athletes for their superior athletic ability, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since its partnership began in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.4 million in institutional grants to awardee and nominee universities to support women’s athletics programs.

The Longhorns compiled a 26-4 dual match record during the 2022 season and clinched their second and fourth straight NCAA team titles with a 4-1 win over Oklahoma in the May 22 championship game. Texas previously won NCAA championships in 1993, 1995, and 2021. The Longhorns joined Stanford and Florida as the only schools to repeat as NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis National Champions since 1982.

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