Women's Tennis 2017-18 Season In Review

2017-18 YSU Women's Tennis
2017-18 YSU Women's Tennis

The Youngstown State women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the fifth straight year, won its fifth consecutive Horizon League postseason championship and earned its third regular-season conference title in school history during a successful 2017-18.

  • The Penguins advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the fifth straight year. YSU played ninth-ranked Florida in the opening round of the Gainesville Regional.
  • The Guins have won 12 straight Horizon League tournament matches and 13 of their last 14 since 2013. Prior to winning 13 times the past five years, YSU had won nine contests, seven of which were consolation matches, from 2004-12.
  • At the league championship, YSU beat Cleveland State (4-2) and UIC (4-0) to claim its fifth consecutive title.
  • In the HL Championship match, the Guins won 4-0. It was their first-ever 4-0 win in a title match out of five tries.
  • The Penguins have won 90 dual matches the past six years. From 2003-12, YSU won a total of 89 matches (10 seasons).
  • In Horizon League play, the Guins are 42-8 since 2013. YSU went 8-1 for the second straight year and has won 16 of its last 18 HL contests. The Guins won 36 games in their Horizon League history prior to the 2013 run.
  • The Penguins finished the year with a 16-11 overall record. The 16 wins were the second most in school history behind 17 in 2014-15.
  • YSU won 16 of its final 20 dual matches on the year.
  • Noelly Longi Nsimba was named a first-team Horizon League honoree for the second straight year.
  • Sofia Macias earned first-team All-Horizon League honors for the first time in her career.
  • The program has had 14 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.
  • During the season, YSU had win streaks of eight, five and three. 
  • The Penguins were only shutout twice and blanked opponents on four occasions.
  • YSU won eight Horizon League matches to tie the school record. The Penguins shared the regular-season title with UIC as both schools went 8-1.
  • In Horizon League singles matches, YSU went a combined 43-11. Macias and Anastasiia Khokhlova were 8-1, Imaan Hassim was 7-1, Nsimba was 7-2 and Tamara Teufl was 6-3.
  • In doubles play the Guins were 16-7 in league contests.
  • Five players won at least 18 singles matches - Macias (23), Nsimba (22), Teufl (22), Hassim (18) and Khokhlova (18).
  • In dual singles matches YSU was 88-64 and went 39-33 in doubles contests.
  • Combined, Macias, Nsimba and Stroe won 165 singles matches in their YSU careers. 
  • Macias won 70 matches in her career, fourth most in school history while Nsimba's 64 ranks sixth. The pair are among seven players in school history to win at least 60 matches.
  • Nsimba ranked fourth with a .621 career winning percentage while Macias was sixth at .593. Macias ranked fourth with 54 career doubles wins while Nsimba was fifth with 49. Stroe also had 31.
  • YSU played matches in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, California, Illinois, Indiana and Florida during the year.