The 2017 season will go down as a historical season in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's tennis, with two program's picking up their first major individual awards and another player etching her name into the conference record books.
Paige Cooley, from Principia College, is just the third player in conference history to win back-to-back SLIAC Player of the Year awards. Cooley, a sophomore, went undefeated in conference play at #1 singles this past spring; helping the Panthers to the 2017 SLIAC Tournament title. Cooley let up just four points in SLIAC play all season, recording eight perfect 6-0 sets. She also added five more wins in doubles play and totaled 21 wins overall this season.
Clara Baldwin becomes the first player in Westminster College to win the SLIAC Newcomer of the Year award. Baldwin, a freshman, put together a combined 3-3 conference record this season, playing mainly at #2 singles for the Blue Jays. She went 7-1 overall in singles action this season, finishing with a .875 win percentage.
James Hantack takes home the SLIAC Coach of the Year award, becoming the first Griffin coach in program history to receive the honor. Hantack led the Griffins to a third-place finish in the SLIAC Tournament, the program's best-ever finish. This past spring he also led them to their first win in the tournament and a 5-14 overall record this spring.
In addition the SLIAC recognizes one student-athlete from each team that best represents sportsmanship. Those honorees are: Samantha Brown, Blackburn College; Morgan Smith, Fontbonne University; Brooke Bryant, Greenville College; Caitlin Carney, Principia College; Stephanie Lass, Webster University; and Laural Royer, Westminster College.
For the full 2017 SLIAC Women's Tennis All-Conference teams see below:
|First Team All-Conference Singles
|#1||Paige Cooley||Principia College|
|#2||Madison Watts||Webster University|
|#3||Caitlin Carney||Principia College|
|#4||Nathalie DeLoach||Principia College|
|#5||Chelsea Foster||Webster University|
|#6||Stephanie Lass||Webster University|
|Honorable Mention All-Conference Singles|
|#1||Monica Behrle||Webster University|
|#2||Morgan Smith||Fontbonne University|
|#3||Sara Rice||Webster University|
|#4||Jesse Steffens-Willis||Webster University|
|#5||Anh Vu||Principia College|
|#6||Brittany Duke||Principia College|
|First Team All-Conference Doubles|
|#1||Paige Cooley/Caitlin Carney||Principia College|
|#2||Gracie Buchanan/Nathalie DeLoach||Principia College|
|#3||Anh Vu/Brittany Duke||Principia College|
|Honorable Mention All-Conference Doubles|
|#1||Monica Behrle/Madison Watts||Webster University|
|#2||Sara Rice/Jesse Steffens-Willis||Webster University|
|#3||Chelsea Foster/Stephanie Lass||Webster University|