2017 All-NCAC Women's Tennis Team Announced

Denison sophomore Lauren Hawley (L), Denison sophomore Emma Alsup (M) & Wooster freshman Joy Li (R)
Denison sophomore Lauren Hawley (L), Denison sophomore Emma Alsup (M) & Wooster freshman Joy Li (R)

2017 All-NCAC Women's Tennis Team

Denison sophomore Lauren Hawley (Dayton, OH/Archbishop Alter) has been named the Player of the Year and Wooster freshman Joy Li (Beijing, China/Weil Tennis Acad. (CA) was named the Newcomer of the Year to highlight the 2017 All-North Coast Athletic Conference women's tennis selections. 

Hawley, the 2016 NCAC Newcomer of the Year, makes her second-straight appearance on the first team after closing out the regular season with an overall singles record of 19-9, which included a 13-7 mark in the top flight in singles matches.  

Hawley and classmate Emma Alsup (Nashville, TN/Harpeth Hall) were also recognized by the league coaches as the NCAC's inaugural Doubles Team of the Year recipients after the duo finished the 2016-17 campaign with an overall doubles mark of 21-8, which included a record of 15-6 in the first flight in 21 dual matches for the Big Red.  

Alsup also made the leap to the top singles team from the 2016 honorable mention squad, while Kenyon junior Diana Aboubakare (Orange, CA/Luther) makes her third-straight appearance on the first team after being named the Player of the Year in 2016 and the Newcomer of the Year in 2015. 

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Lauren Corcoran (Tampa, FL/Plant) and DePauw senior Maddie Lee (South Bend, IN/Penn) were both named to the first team for the second year in a row, while Oberlin junior Sarah Hughes (Haddonfield, NJ/Merion Mercy Acad.) elevated to the top team this year after collecting second-team honors in 2016. 

In doubles, Hawley and Alsup were joined on the first team by the DePauw duo of Lee and senior Gretchen Wilder (Batesville, IN/Oldenburg Acad.), and the Oberlin tandem of Hughes and senior Emma Brezel (Port Washington, NY/Paul D. Schreiber). Hughes is now a three-time All-NCAC first-team doubles selection, while Brezel, Hawley, Lee and Wilder all appear on the top doubles team for the second year in a row. Alsup was also a second-team doubles performer a year ago.  

Li was named the 2017 NCAC Women's Tennis Newcomer of the Year by vote of the league coaches after finishing 2016-17 season with a dual match record of 8-8 between the first and second singles flights. She also joined with senior Elizabeth Brewington (Greensboro, NC/Walter Hines Page) in doubles action for the dual match season where the duo finished with a 10-7 record in the second flight.  

Finally, Kenyon head coach Scott Thielke was named the 2017 NCAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year by vote of the league coaches for the sixth time in his career after he guided the Ladies to their first NCAC title since 2001 with a 5-4 victory over DePauw in the championship match of the 2017 NCAC Tournament. Thielke, who last won the NCAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year award in 2001, owns an overall record of 340-170 (.667) in 24 total years with the KC women's tennis program. He now owns nine total NCAC titles in two different stints as the Ladies' head coach,first winning four-straight between 1986-89, then reeling off four titles in a row again between 1998-2001.

 

Player of the Year &
Doubles Team of the Year
Doubles
Team of the Year 
Newcomer
of the Year
Coach
of the Year
 
  

Lauren Hawley
Emma Alsup Joy Li
Scott Thielke