Goldey-Beacom’s women’s tennis team was named an All-Academic Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The honor goes to a team that records at least a 3.20 GPA on a 4.0 scale. This comes on top of the Lightning getting three on the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Academic Honor Roll with junior Manuel Cornejo, of Quito, Ecuador; Anna Hortelano Pey, of Castelldefels, Spain; and sophomore Alma Garcia Valle, of Valladolid, Spain, making the list.
Goldey-Beacom had a winning season in which it defeated Wilmington for its second consecutive CACC title and seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament. The squad finished 32nd in the country, was the top seed in the CACC Tournament for the second straight year, won 17 consecutive regular-season league matches dating to 2015, appeared in the conference final in back-to-back years for the first time since going three straight seasons from 2009-11 and recorded its best start in team history at 12-0.
The Lightning received a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in team history and competed in the second round for a third time in the last four years. GBC also entered the match ranked first in the NCAA East Region.
The ITA in its East Region rankings and had GBC, which ended third as a team, stand out from an individual standpoint. Lotte Lesscher y Post, of Arnhem, Netherlands, closed the season fourth; freshman Catarina Zheng, of Oporto, Portugal, was ninth; and Hortelano Pey ended 18th. Lesscher y Post and Zheng closed third in doubles in the East Region.
The year also saw 12th-year coach Joe Kissel named ITA East Region Coach of the Year, the U.S. Tennis Association Middle States College Coach of the Year for his third straight UTSA honor and CACC Coach of the Year a fourth time.
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