TEMPE, Ariz. – Arkansas women’s tennis assistant coach Luc Godin and senior Yuliya Lysa were recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Monday.
Godin was named ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year, while Lysa was tabbed ITA Central Region Senior Player of the Year.
In his second season with the Razorbacks under head coach Michael Hegarty, Godin helped guide the team to 16 wins for the second-consecutive season as well as the program’s 14th all-time NCAA Championship bid. In addition, Godin was instrumental in helping Lysa to All-SEC First Team honors and freshman Ana Oparenovic to All-Freshman acclaim this season.
Lysa, who is ranked a career-best No. 21 nationally, compiled a 13-6 dual-match singles record on the season. She was especially dominant during Southeastern Conference play, posting a team-best 9-4 mark that included 4 victories over top-25 opponents. Lysa also was selected to compete in the NCAA singles championship for the second-straight season.
“I would like to thank the University of Arkansas, Coach Hegarty and our players for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of what is turning out to be a very special season. This award really goes to our players. The credit goes to them, and it is simply a reflection of their hard work.” – Assistant coach Luc Godin
“What a huge accomplishment for Yuliya. Our region was stacked with great players this year and she was able to put together a spectacular season. For her to achieve this level while missing much of the non-conference schedule due to injury makes it that much more special.” – Head coach Michael Hegarty
“I am so happy to see Luc recognized with his regional coaching award. He is so well deserving of this honor and has added an incredible amount to our program these past two year. Luc is a passionate Razorback and that spirit is evident in everything that he does.” – Head coach Michael Hegarty
The No. 33 Razorbacks (16-13, 5-8) will head to the Oklahoma State Regional for the first- and second-rounds of the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championships. The regional will be held May 13-14 at the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Razorbacks will battle No. 28 Tulsa (21-4) in the first round on May 13. First serve is slated for 10 a.m. CDT.
The winner will advance to play the victor between No. 12 host Oklahoma State (23-4) – who is the country’s No. 12 seed overall – and Albany (14-7) on May 14 in the second round. The winner of that match will earn a spot in the round of 16, which will be held May 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tickets for the Stillwater Regional are available for $5, with students from Oklahoma State and visiting schools admitted for $3. All seats are general admission and there will be no complimentary tickets. Tickets can be purchased by calling 877-ALL-4-OSU or by visiting the ticket trailer at the Greenwood Tennis Center on competition days.
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