The Mustangs’ Aileen Fuchs was named the GPAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year and Larry Mason was named the GPAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year.
Morningside College dominated the selections to the 2016 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women’s Tennis Team as selected by the league’s head coaches.
All six players in the Mustangs’ singles lineup were named to the All-GPAC Team with Aileen Fuchs at No 1 singles, Katie Hanson at No. 2 singles, Cassie Stanek at No. 3 singles, Ons Souissi at No. 4 singles, Megan Carlson at No. 5 singles, and Natasha Hongsermeier at No. 6 singles.
Fuchs, a freshman from Munster, Germany, was also named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, while the Mustangs’ Larry Mason was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year.
Fuchs has an 18-1 record for the second highest victory total in Morningside history and is ranked 35th nationally in the latest Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings.
Mason, who also earned GPAC Coach of the Year honors in 2014, has guided the Mustangs to a 13-2 record and GPAC regular season and post-season tournament championships. The Mustangs will make their second national tournament appearance in school history when they compete in next week’s NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship in Mobile, Ala.
Hanson, a senior from Saint Peter, Minn., has a 10-6 record and is Morningside’s all-time victory leader with a combined 100 triumphs in singles and doubles competition.
Stanek, a junior from Sioux City, has a 16-1 record this season and a 35-4 record for her career.
Souissi, a freshman from Ariana, Tunisia, has a 16-1 record. She won her first 16 matches of the season before a loss in last Saturday’s GPAC Tournament Championship Match against Nebraska Wesleyan.
Carlson, a junior from Cherokee, Iowa, has a 9-6 record.
Hongsermeier, a junior from Phillips, Neb., has a 16-1 record.
The Mustangs’ No. 1 doubles team of Hanson and Stanek and their No. 2 doubles team of Fuchs and Carlson were also named to the All-GPAC Team.
Hanson and Stanek have combined for a 17-3 record to set a school record for wins by a doubles team in a season.
Fuchs and Carlson are undefeated with a perfect 14-0 record.
Morningside’s No. 3 doubles team of Souissi and Hongsermeier were named to the All-GPAC honorable mention list. The have combined for a record of 9-4.
The Mustangs will face ninth-ranked Middle Georgia State University in the first round of the NAIA Women’s Tennis Championships on Tuesday, May 17.
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