100 Moments: Washington Sets the Tennis Standard
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® series continues by recognizing one of the premier men's tennis players in Tennessee State University history.

Lawrence Washington (2009-12) joined the TSU tennis team in 2009 after transferring from Kennesaw State. He immediately moved to the number one position on the team and remained there for three straight seasons.

Washington compiled a 10-6 record in 2011 and a 7-4 mark in 2012. Earlier this year, Washington became the first TSU men's tennis player to be named All-OVC.  

On the court, Washington's senior season was highlighted by four three-set matches that could have gone either way. Washington managed to win two of those matches and he also won his last four matches in a Big Blue uniform. Washington's strong play during the last half of his senior year earned him the 2012 Tennis MVP Award from the school.

Washington also improved every year at Tennessee State from winning four matches in his first season to winning 64 percent of his matches during his senior campaign.

During his three seasons at Tennessee State, Washington won a total of 21 matches, including 10 during his junior season. That year included a victory against in-state foe Memphis.

Washington was also named the OVC Tennis Player of the Week three times over the course of his career. Two of those times happened following a two-week stand during his junior season in which he won four out of five matches against primarily conference opponents. The other time he won the award was a stretch during his senior season in which he was a perfect 4-0 in singles play and 1-0 in doubles.  

Off the court, Washington excelled in the classroom, and his 3.8 GPA was the highest on the team. Washington's hard work in the classroom made him an ITA Scholar Athlete for four consecutive seasons and in 2012 he received the Academic Excellence Star Award. In May, the Canton, Mich., product earned a spot on the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Tennis team. Washington graduated in the spring as Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.

Washington plans to attend Georgetown University this fall with hopes of earning a masters degree in Real Estate Finance and Development.

The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® highlights some of the greatest moments in honor of Tennessee State's centennial celebration. A new moment will be released each weekday for a total of 100. These moments were chosen by the TSU 100 Moments committee, which consists of alums from various departments. TSU has so many great moments, not all can be represented in these 100.

Alex Mitchell, TSU athletics media relations assistant, contributed to this story.