A alumnus who plays tennis for Stanford University was named Tuesday the winner of the annual Honda Sports Award.
Sophomore Nicole Gibbs selection by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program recognizes her as the country's top female athlete in her sport.
She beat teammate Mallory Burdette to win the 2012 NCAA singles title, then joined with Burdette to win the collegiate doubles—the only time when players who played for finals individually then teamed up for the doubles title match.
A two-time All-American, Gibbs became just the third Stanford student to win the singles and doubles titles in the same season. The doubles victory was the third consecutive championship for the school.
Gibbs competes in Women's Tennis Association and International Tennis Federation events while maintaining an amateur status. In 2010 she was ranked 356th by the WTA. In 2007, she took the No. 1 spot for the gold medal-winning U.S. 14-and-under team for World Team Tennis.
The Honda Sports Award is presented annually to the top women athletes in a dozen NCAA-sanctioned sports. As a Honda prize recipient, Gibbs becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup.
She was chosen by a vote of coaches from 1,000 NCAA member schools. The only other winner from Southern California was USC volleyball standout Alex Jupiter of USC.
Based in Santa Monica, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences is a private college-prep school affiliated with G20 Schools.