Gullickson, a sophomore from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., captured the NCAA Singles Championship here Monday, capping a tournament run that featured six wins in straight sets including four over top ten ranked foes. In the quarterfinals, she beat the nation’s top-ranked player in Irina Falconi (Georgia Tech) and in the finals defeated second-ranked Jana Juricova (California). In addition, Gullickson and sophomore Nadja Gilchrist advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship.
For the second year in a row, Gullickson has earned All-America honors in singles and doubles. She finished the season with a 30-8 singles mark and 26-9 in doubles. Gullickson is the third Bulldog in school history to win an NCAA singles title, joining Lisa Spain (1984) and Angela Lettiere (1994).
Spain and Lettiere won the Honda Award for tennis in those years while former Georgia All-American Marissa Catlin won it as a sophomore in 1998.
The other 2010 tennis nominees for the Honda Sports Award are sophomores Falconi, Juricova and Miami senior Laura Vallverdu.
Voting will begin June 8 by Senior Women's Administrators across the country with Honda donating $1,000 to the women’s athletic fund of each nominee’s university and $5,000 to the winner's program.
The tennis winner will be announced Monday, June 14, and she will be a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup awarded annually to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. In 2009, Georgia gymnast Courtney Kupets was the recipient of the Honda-Broderick Cup award.