2018 All-NCAC Women's Tennis Team Announced

Kenyon's Diana Aboubakare (L) and the Denison doubles team of Emma Alsup (M) & Lauren Hawley (R) were the top award winners on the 2018 All-NCAC Women's Tennis Team
Kenyon's Diana Aboubakare (L) and the Denison doubles team of Emma Alsup (M) & Lauren Hawley (R) were the top award winners on the 2018 All-NCAC Women's Tennis Team

2018 All-NCAC Women's Tennis Team

Kenyon senior Diana Aboubakare (Orange, CA/Luther) has been named the Player of the Year and the Denison junior duo of Emma Alsup (Nashville, TN/Harpeth Hall) and Lauren Hawley (Dayton, OH/Archbishop Alter) were named the Doubles Team of the Year to highlight the 2018 All-North Coast Athletic Conference women's tennis selections following balloting by the league coaches. 

Aboubakare, who is making her fourth-straight appearance on the All-NCAC first team in singles, is now a two-time NCAC Player of the Year selection after also collecting the honor in 2016. Aboubakare, who was also named the NCAC Newcomer of the Year in 2015, has posted an overall singles record this season of 17-5, which included a 13-2 mark in the top flight during dual matches. After winning their second-straight NCAC Title in late April, Aboubakare and the Ladies will now compete in the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Tournament for the second year in a row as they are set to take on Wheaton (IL) in the opening round today (May 10) on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Alsup and Hawley were tabbed as the NCAC's Doubles Team of the Year for the second year in a row after the duo finished the 2017-18 season with an overall record of 14-7 in the top doubles flight. They strung together their longest winning streak of the season at five-straight wins between March 23rd and April 10th, opening the stretch with an 8-3 win over St. Lawrence's Emily Wyman and Lia Petersen and concluding the streak with an 8-1 win over the Wittenberg duo of Sarah Gallup and Harunya Ravindran

Two players were named to the top singles team for the third year in a row, including Hawley and Ohio Wesleyan junior Lauren Corcoran (Tampa, FL/Plant), while Oberlin senior Sarah Hughes (Haddonfield, NJ/Merion Mercy Acad.) was named to the first team for the second year in a row after also earning second-team laurels in 2016. Wooster sophomore Joy Li (Beijing, China/Weil Tennis Acad., CA) elevated to the first team from the second team in 2017, while Kenyon freshman Erika Oku (Hinsdale, IL/Hinsdale Central) is making her All-NCAC debut on the first team this season.

In doubles, Hawley and Alsup were joined on the first team by the Kenyon duo of Aboubakare and Oku, and the DePauw junior tandem of Megan Galle (Columbus, IN/East) and Sarah Wilder (Batesville, IN/Oldenburg Acad.). Hawley has now been selected as a first-team doubles player three years in a row, while Alsup earned her third-career All-NCAC doubles certificate after joining Hawley on the top team last year and collecting a second-team nod in 2016. Aboubakare made the leap to the top team after earning second-team honors last spring. 

Oku was also named the 2018 NCAC Women's Tennis Newcomer of the Year by a vote of the league coaches after posting a 26-2 singles record during the regular season, which included a perfect 20-0 mark in the dual match season playing 14 times in the second flight and six times in the top flight. She was also dynamic in doubles play as she and Aboubakare closed out the regular season with an overall record of 24-7, which included a 15-5 mark in the top flight in dual matches.

Finally, Kenyon head coach Scott Thielke was named the 2018 NCAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year by vote of the league coaches for the second year in a row and the seventh time in his career after he guided the Ladies to their second-straight NCAC title with a 5-0 victory over Denison in the NCAC championship match in late April. Thielke owns an overall record of 360-172 (.677) in 25 total years with the KC women's tennis program. He now owns 10 total NCAC women's titles in two different stints as the Ladies' head coach, first winning four-straight between 1986-89, then again reeling off four titles in a row 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
        
Diana Aboubakare Emma Alsup Lauren Hawley Erika Oku Scott Thielke