Women’s Tennis Lands Four on All-UAA Team

Women’s Tennis Lands Four on All-UAA Team


St. Louis, Mo., May 14, 2018 — Senior Grace Deering picked up first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors in singles and doubles to highlight four honorees on the 2018 All-UAA Women's Tennis Team, as announced Monday by the conference office.

Deering earned first-team all-UAA honors at No. 1 singles and teamed with freshman Ally Persky to pick up first-team accolades at No. 1 doubles. Freshman Ashley Lessen (No. 2 singles) and Persky (No. 3 singles) earned second-team honors, while junior Brigitte Hodge picked up honorable-mention accolades at No. 4 singles.

Deering is the fifth-ranked singles player in the Central Region and No. 18 in NCAA Division III. She has recorded a 13-10 singles record this season, including a 10-9 mark at No. 1 singles. Deering will represent WashU in the NCAA Division III Singles Championship for the first time in her career.

Deering and Persky have a 19-10 mark while playing No. 1 doubles, and are ranked No. 4 in the Central Region and No. 6 in NCAA Division III. The duo won the USTA/ITA Central Region Doubles Championship in the Fall. The duo is the first alternate for the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship. 

Lessen compiled a 17-8 mark as a rookie in singles, including a 13-7 mark at No. 2 singles. She went 3-4 against ranked opponents, and won seven of her last 10 matches.

Persky also had a tremendous rookie campaign recording a 15-6 mark in singles, including a 14-5 record at No. 3 singles. She had a 10-match win streak from March 13 to April 27. 

Hodge recorded a 14-6 overall mark in singles, including a 13-6 mark at No. 4. She won seven of her last 10 matches.

WashU posted a 13-8 overall record and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 11th-straight season, advancing to the second round.