Auburn women’s tennis was well represented in the 2015-16 ITA Regional Awards, which were announced Monday. Lauren Spencer was named the Southern Region Coach of the Year, Chris Hooshyar
was named Southern Region Assistant Coach of the Year and Pleun Burgmans
was named the Southern Region Player of the Year.
The all-time coaching wins leader in Auburn women’s tennis history, Spencer led Auburn through a historical season. Finishing the regular season 22-7, the Tigers finished fourth in the SEC standings with a 9-4 record, registering the highest finish in school history. With one more win, Auburn will break the record for overall wins in a single season.
In his third season at Auburn, Hooshyar earned regional assistant coach of the year honors for the first time in his career. As the primary leader of fitness for the team, he takes pride in having one of the most physically fit teams in the country. This season, he has led Auburn to a 31-17 record in matches that reach a third set.
“Chris is hands down the best assistant in the country,” said Auburn head coach Lauren Spencer. “He is the most loyal, passionate and professional assistant that I could have. I am so proud of how much he has grown as a coach and everything he has done for the team and Auburn.”
A senior, Burgmans is Auburn’s all-time leader in career combined wins (192) and doubles wins (107). This season she has posted a 27-7 singles record and a 24-10 doubles record and was selected to the All-SEC team. Burgmans is the first Auburn player to win the award since Fani Chifchieva in 2010. The two-time All-American was named ITA Southern Region Freshman of the Year in 2013.
“I think it is very fitting for Pleun that she came into Auburn and won the ITA Southern Region Freshman of the Year and now she is leaving as the Player of the Year,” said Spencer. “She has had a fantastic year and I think she has a chance to make a strong showing in the NCAA Tournament. Pleun has made a tremendous impact on this team on the court and off and I am so proud of what she has accomplished.”
Auburn opens up NCAA Regional play on Friday at 2 p.m. when it plays host to Alcorn State at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The winner of that match will face the winner of the Arizona State-NC State match at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Admission for each match is $5 for adults, $3 for students, seniors (65+) and children (3-12). Children two-and-under are free.
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