Whittle Recognized as December Zag of the Month
Feb. 5, 2018

SPOKANE, Wash. - Sophie Whittle, a standout student-athlete, is a junior on the women’s tennis team and a native of Nipomo, California. She was nominated as December’s Zag of the Month for her hard work both in the classroom and on the court.

In the classroom, Whittle has maintained a 3.47 GPA as a kinesiology major. Her dedication to her academic success has made her a standout in the classroom, earning a position on the WCC All-Academic Team. The university recognized her hard work with a spot on the Dean’s List for the past three semesters (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Fall 2017).

As an athlete, Whittle has had a significant impact on the Gonzaga women’s tennis team since arriving her freshman year. She earned First Team All-WCC in doubles and Second Team All-WCC in singles. During her freshman season, she set the single season doubles wins record with 25. Whittle earned the WCC Singles Player of the Week in March 2016 and was part of GU’s first WCC Doubles Pair of the Week in March 2016, only to earn it again in April 2016. As a sophomore, Whittle continued to set the bar high while earning First Team All-WCC for both singles and doubles. She earned WCC Singles Player of the Week and did well in the Singles WCC Championships. Whittle was named as part of the WCC Doubles Team of the Week in March 2017 and advanced to the WCC Championships with her partner.

An active representative of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a current member of the Student-Athlete Leadership Institute, Whittle is committed to extending her leadership involvement. Whittle serves the community through her time at Catholic Charities collections, building homes for Habitat for Humanity, and visiting with individuals at The Academy retirement community. Additionally, her community outreach has included JDRF walks, work at the St. Margaret’s Shelter and the annual Leaf Raking Blitz.

Whittle’s competitive nature and dedication to academics, leadership, integrity, campus involvement, community service, and commitment to her team has significantly impressed her peers. When nominated they stated, “She has earned so much success throughout her career, and her hard work has been highly respected and influential to her teammates and fellow Zags.” In addition, “She is the epitome of what it means to be a servant leader, embodying the Zag culture through her intention in the classroom, competitive spirit on the court, and care for the community.”



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