2016-17 YSU Women's Tennis Season In Review

YSU advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the fourth straight year.
YSU advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the fourth straight year.

The Youngstown State women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the fourth straight year and won its fourth consecutive Horizon League postseason championship in 2016-17. YSU also earned its second HL regular-season title.

  • The Penguins advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the fourth straight year. YSU played 10th-ranked Michigan in the opening round of the Ann Arbor Regional.
  • The Guins have won 10 straight Horizon League tournament matches and 11 of their last 12 since 2013. Prior to winning 11 times the past four years, YSU had won nine contests, seven of which were consolation matches, from 2004-12.
  • At the league championship, YSU beat Detroit Mercy (4-0) and Wright State (4-2) to claim its fourth consecutive title.
  • In the HL Championship match, the Guins dropped the doubles point before rebounding to win four singles matches and claim the title against WSU.
  • The Penguins have won 74 dual matches the past five years. From 2004-12, YSU won a total of 74 matches. (nine seasons).
  • In Horizon League play, the Guins are 34-7 since 2013.
  • Dominika Lackova was named a first-team Horizon League honoree for the fourth consecutive year. Lackova is the 12th tennis player to be named first-team all-league in four straight seasons and joins Marta Burak as the second Penguin to do so.
  • Noelly Longi Nsimba earned first-team All-Horizon League honors for the first time in her career.
  • The program has had 12 first-team All-Horizon League selections since 2011-12. From 2002 to 2011, the Guins had a total of 11 all-league honorees, three of which were first-team recipients.
  • The Penguins finished the year with a 16-9 overall record. The 16 wins were the third most in school history by 17 in 2014-15 and 1998-99.
  • YSU won 10 straight matches from March 25-April 30. The win streak was the second-longest in school history.
  • YSU won eight Horizon League matches to tie the school record. The Penguins shared the regular-season title with Cleveland State and UIC as all three schools were 8-1.
  • In Horizon League singles matches, YSU went a combined 40-14. Nehel Sahni was 8-1, Imaan Hassim and Nsimba were 7-2 while Sofia Macias and Lackova were 6-3. In doubles play the Guins were 17-3 in league contests.
  • Nsimba won a career-high 26 matches and went 17-6 in dual matches.
  • Five players won at least 16 singles matches - Nsimba (26), Macias (21), Lackova (17), Hassim (16) and Sahni (16).
  • In dual singles matches YSU was 87-50 and went 38-23 in doubles contests.
  • Combined, Lackova and Sahni won 134 career singles matches. Lackova won 71 matches in her career, third most in school history behind Marta Burak and Margarita Sadovnikova. Sahni won 63 matches as well. The pair are among five players in school history to win at least 60 matches.
  • Sahni ranked fourth with a .594 career winning percentage. Lackova ranks tied for second in doubles victories with 58.
  • YSU played matches in Ohio, Michigan, Nevada, California, Kentucky, Indiana and Wisconsin during the year.