TEMPE, Ariz. – Wake Forest women’s tennis head coach Jeff Wyshner and junior Luisa Fernandez collected Intercollegiate Tennis Association 2015-16 Division I regional awards on Monday. Wyshner was named the Carolina Region’s Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year, while Fernandez received the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.
Fernandez is the first Deacon to ever win the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, while Wyshner is the third coach in program history—and the first since 2002—to win the regional coach of the year award.
Wyshner has led the Demon Deacons to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009. The team has achieved its highest win total (19) since 2002 and its second-highest ACC win total in program history with seven. Under Wyshner’s watch, the Deacons won their first nine matches for the first time in program history and climbed as high as No. 14 in the national rankings to join the top 15 for the first time since April of 2007.
The Deacs also defeated No. 10 Virginia for their first triumph over a top-10 foe since 2007.
An ITA Scholar-Athlete last season, Fernandez has posted a 25-12 record in singles and a 26-12 ledger in doubles as a junior. She is the first Wake Forest player since 2004 to have 50 or more combined wins in a single season. Alongside senior Andrea Retolaza Andrade, she was nationally ranked in doubles to begin the spring.
Off the court, Fernandez has been active in the classroom and the community. A frequent Dean’s List member, the health and exercise science major was elected Secretary of the Wake Forest Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is well known for her work the Help Our People Eat (H.O.P.E.) and Santa’s Helpers organizations. She also recently received the ACC Six For Service Award at the Wake Forest’s Black & Golden Globe Awards.
All regional award honorees are eligible for the Division I national awards, which will be announced on Tuesday, May 24.
The 26th-ranked Demon Deacons begin the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. against No. 40 Baylor in Athens, Ga.