2003-04 Honor Roll: Amber Liu

Sophomore tennis sensation Amber Liu is the second announced winner of The Bootleg's 2003-04 Honor Roll. Liu owns a 58-14 career record and has won the NCAA singles championship in each of her first two years at Stanford.

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In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in early August), we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2003/2004 school-year. Here is a link to that story.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg’s Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees’ performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of August, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one. Tony Azevedo was the first announced winner of this award.

The second recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll award is tennis star, Amber Liu. Like Azevedo, Liu was also an Honor Roll winner during the 2002/2003 school year. After a stellar freshman campaign, when she captured the NCAA singles crown, Amber continued her dominant play as a sophomore in 2003/2004. Not only did Amber's 25-4 record at #1 singles help Stanford re-claim the team NCAA title, but she also won a second straight NCAA individual singles championship in Athens, GA last May. In the finals, Liu defeated Fresno State's Jelena Pandzic by scores of 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.

For the second consecutive year, Liu (from La Mesa, CA) was named the 2003 ITA Women's National Player of the Year. She also won the Honda Award, given annually to the top woman student-athlete in 12 sports. Further, she was nominated for the Collegiate Woman of the Year honors. The Stanford Athletic Board also named Liu (and two other athletes) as winners of the Block S Outstanding Female Sophomore Award.

During the summer, Liu has played a few pro tournaments and, once again as the NCAA singles winner, she will get a wild-card entry into the U.S. Open in late-August, and a chance to measure her game against the best players in the world. Like last year, Liu will have to decide if she is coming back for to Stanford, or if she wants to take on the pro tour on a full-time basis. The Bootleg hopes to get the chance to make her a three-time Honor Roll winner!

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