Women's Tennis

Baker receives Coach of the Year, Luecke Scholar-Athlete as Big South announces women's tennis annual awards

Baker receives Coach of the Year, Luecke Scholar-Athlete as Big South announces women's tennis annual awards

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BigSouthSports.com) - Charleston Southern took two of the top conference honors as the Big South announced the women's tennis annual award winners on Wednesday afternoon. Head Coach Mike Baker was named the Big South Women's Tennis Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his coaching career, while senior Nicolin Luecke was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Baker earns his first Big South Coach of the Year honor since 2014 and fourth overall after guiding the Buccaneers to a share of the Big South regular-season championship -- the program's third shared/outright title in four seasons. 

Predicted to finish third in the conference's preseason poll, CSU finished 7-1 in league play and 15-2 overall to record the top overall winning percentage in the conference at .882.  The second-seeded Bucs posted a league-best 14-match winning streak this season that included a 4-3 win over top-seed Winthrop.

Charleston Southern showcased its depth all across the court as four different players recorded double-digit wins in singles play during the campaign, while the duo of Cloessner and Luecke picked up 10 wins in doubles competition.

Baker received two first-place votes and 16 points in the voting, just ahead of Winthrop's Cid Carvalho and Gardner-Webb's Jim Corn, who each received three first-place votes and 13 total points.  Baker is just the third coach in Big South history with four Coach of the Year awards.

Luecke earned Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for the second consecutive season and is the conference's first repeat winner of the award since the 2008-09 season. Luecke lined up on the top courts for both singles and doubles play in the 2017 season for the Bucs. She has a 4.00 GPA in the classroom and is scheduled to graduate with a degree in Psychology.

Winthrop sophomore Lauren Proctor has been voted the 2017 Big South Women's Tennis Player of the Year by the league's head coaches. Winthrop freshman Alisa Soloveva was selected Freshman of the Year by the group.

No. 2 Charleston Southern opens the 2017 Big South Women's Tennis Championship Quarterfinal Round on Friday morning at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex against No. 7 Presbyterian. First serve is set for 9 a.m.

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