Zauft looking for a big finish to UT career
In San Antonio, everyone remembers the Alamo.
And if they are tennis fans they also remember Courtney Zauft, who was a standout tennis player at Clark High School before coming to The University of Texas.
Selected All-Big 12 in doubles in 2006, Zauft has the distinction of capturing the singles match in the NCAA Tournament in 2005 that propelled the Longhorns into the national semifinals.
Of course, she hasn't limited her success to the tennis court during her matriculation at UT.
That's why she is the Female Student-Athlete of the Month for February.
"I actually heard about it when we were in the gym working out," Zauft said. "One of my friends made a comment about it. I was honored since there are so many candidates to choose from here. The recognition makes me feel that all of my work the past few years here has paid off.
"This recognition is very important to me. Besides wearing the same practice clothing to school every day, I try to be as regular, as consistent, as possible. I feel that my time at Texas has made me a well-rounded individual."
Zauft, a senior education/ALD major, was named first-team Academic All-Big 12 Conference in 2006 and 2007. She's also earned a spot on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll four times.
In 2005, Zauft was awarded the Ann Caswell Allison Endowed Presidential Scholarship. She followed that up with the Keenan Presidential Scholarship in 2006.
Last year, Zauft earned the Ronald L. Ehrig Endowed Memorial Scholarship.
She ties her success in the classroom with what has also made her successful on the tennis court.
"I think the number one thing that has helped me the most is that tennis is an individual sport," Zauft began. "If you do not do well, you have no one else to blame but yourself. This helps in the classroom because it makes you take responsibility for your own actions.
"If you don't study, it's your fault."