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Monday, July 9, 2012 4:44 p.m.

Men’s tennis MVP Ugur Atalay wins student of the year award

Ugur Atalay, men's tennis

Senior Ugur Atalay prepares for his opponent to serve the ball during match against Georgetown last year. Hatchet File Photo

Ugur Atalay, a standout on the court for the men’s tennis team last season, is StudyInAmerica.com’s International Student of the Year for the class of 2012.

The website serves as a consulting service for prospective students from Turkey and Azerbaijan looking to attend college in the United States. Atalay, a native of Istanbul, Turkey, earned this year’s award after a four-year career with the Colonials that culminated in back-to-back A-10 championships and the 2011-12 Atlantic 10 Sportsmanship Award.

“Since the age of 12, Ugur has been ranked #1 by the Turkish Tennis Federation respective to his age,” the award’s press release said. “Despite his prior success, Ugur never got ahead of himself and came to the United States with a precise goal and purpose. He adjusted to his new setting and remained on course to not only grow as a person but also lead to inject great value to his surrounding community.”

Atalay was a four-year All-Conference selection during his tenure with GW, and was consistently strong at the No. 2 singles slot and No. 1 doubles slot last season.