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Hirte Named Coach of the Year, Three Earn Women's Tennis All-Conference

Hirte Named Coach of the Year, Three Earn Women's Tennis All-Conference

Related: USA South Release

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Covenant women's tennis head coach John Hirte was selected as Coach of the Year and three Lady Scots earned USA South All-Conference honors, announced the league on Thursday morning. Sophomore Aly Hall was a first team selection, while sophomore Annie DeLuca and junior Claire Luger were named honorable mention.

Senior Lindsay Geving was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team.

Hirte collects his second Coach of the Year honor, but the first on the women's side, after being the men's honoree last season. Hirte has guided the team to a 14-5 overall record with an 11-1 conference mark. The Lady Scots enter the USA South Tournament as the No. 2 seed.

Hall, a sophomore from Orlando, Fla., played at No. 1 singles all year and compiled an 11-2 record with a 7-1 record against USA South competition. In doubles play, Hall went 8-7 overall, but 8-3 in USA South play. She was named USA South Player of the Week on Feb. 22 after going 2-0 in singles play and 1-1 in doubles.

DeLuca, a sophomore from Alpharetta, Ga., played mostly at No. 2 singles on the year and is 8-8 overall with a 6-3 record against the USA South. DeLuca is 9-3 in doubles in USA South play, with eight of those victories coming with Hall as a partner. She was a USA South Player of the Week honoree on March 14 after leading Covenant to a pair of conference victories.

Luger, a junior from Tampa, Fla., has a 6-2 USA South record in singles play and is 7-7 on the year playing at the No. 3 spot for most of the season. Luger and teammate Gracie Smith have combined to go 12-5 at the No. 2 doubles spot during the year.

Geving, a senior from Colorado Springs, Colo., has eight singles victories on the year with a 7-2 USA South record at the No. 6 spot. Geving is 9-7 overall in doubles play.

Covenant (14-5) plays the winner of N.C. Wesleyan and Piedmont in the USA South Tournament semifinal on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Slick Family Foundation Tennis Center in Rocky Mount, N.C.

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