BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo women's tennis senior Chantal Martinez Blanco has earned the highest academic honor that can be bestowed on a UB student-athlete as she was awarded the Clifford C. Furnas award. Martinez Blanco was honored at the Celebration of Student Academic Excellence luncheon in late April as well as during The Victors on Sunday night.
Through the fall semester, Martinez Blanco had a cumulative GPA just shy of 3.8 while studying Economics. On the tennis court, Martinez Blanco was honored by the MAC in all four of her seasons, including a second-team All-MAC honor this year. She finishes her career as one of just four players in school history with 80 or more singles wins and she is sixth all-time in doubles victories.
Over her four-year career, Martinez Blanco helped lead the Bulls to 60 victories overall, two Mid-American Conference Tournament titles, a regular season title in 2018, and two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
The Clifford C. Furnas Scholar-Athlete Award was established by Clifford C. Furnas, the first President of the University at Buffalo. The award was created to recognize students with outstanding undergraduate performance in both athletics and academics, who demonstrate pronounced leadership and who promise to continue such success through graduate or professional education.
The Furnas Award recipients receive funding to support up to four consecutive semesters of uninterrupted full-time graduate study. Award winners have up to three years after the award is announced to begin using the award.