W&L's Brooke Donnelly Garners ODAC's Marjorie Berkley Award

W&L's Brooke Donnelly Garners ODAC's Marjorie Berkley Award

FOREST, Va. — The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced on Thursday that Washington and Lee senior women's tennis player Brooke Donnelly (Kennesaw, Ga./Marietta) is the 2017 recipient of the Marjorie Berkley Award as the top female scholar-athlete in the conference.

Eastern Mennonite senior cross country and track & field competitor Tyler Denlinger was named the Harry G. "Doc" Jopson award winner as the top male scholar-athlete in the league.

Donnelly is the first W&L athlete to claim the Berkley Award since Jillian Katterhagen '15 received the honor in 2015. Denlinger's selection ended a two-year run for W&L with the Jopson Award, as Michael Holt '16 earned the honor in 2016 and Christopher Hu '15 in 2015. Donnelly is the 10th all-time recipient of the Berkley award for W&L.

Earlier this year, Donnelly was named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America for the second straight year. She was also a W&L class valedictorian, and she received the William McHenry Scholar-Athlete Award as the top female scholar-athlete at W&L earlier this spring.

An accounting and business administration major, Donnelly completed her career ranked seventh all-time at W&L with 87 singles wins (87-18) and eighth in career doubles victories (88-21). She was a four-year All-ODAC honoree and was named the 2017 ODAC Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

A three-time NCAA Championship qualifier in singles and two-time qualifier in doubles, Donnelly finished her career as a three-time All-American in singles. She was also a two-time recipient of the Elite 90 Award, as having the top GPA of any player at the National Championship site. Donnelly was also named the ITA Atlantic-South Region Senior Player of the Year and garnered the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award earlier this spring.

Inaugurated in 1981 and 1984, respectively, the Harry G. "Doc" Jopson and Marjorie Berkley Scholar-Athlete Awards are given each June to member college seniors and conference sport participants who exhibit the highest athletic, academic and extracurricular achievements. Ms. Berkley began her collegiate teaching career at Lynchburg College.  Several years later, Ms. Berkley moved to Hollins University where she coached tennis, field hockey and soccer, and served as the athletic director for 30 years.  The Jopson Award is named in honor of the Bridgewater College professor and coach who retired in 1981 following 45 years at BC. Dr. Jopson, who initiated and directed the Eagles' cross country and track programs, led his teams to ODAC indoor track titles in 1979, 1980 and 1981, and outdoor crowns in 1978 through 1981.

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