|Dean named coach of the year (04-26-13)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Friday, 26 April 2013 09:55|
CLEVELAND - Bowling Green State University's Penny Dean has been named the Mid-American Conference women's tennis coach of the year.
Additionally, junior Nikki Chiricosta was named to the All-MAC second-team.
Dean, in her 23rd year at the BGSU helm, earns the MAC coaching honor for the first time. She is just the second Falcon coach to earn the honor. June Stack was a co-winner in the 1985 season.
Dean has guided the Falcons to arguably the top season in school history in 2012-13. BGSU currently has an overall record of 16-4, and the Falcons have tied the school record for dual-match victories.
The Falcons finished the regular season with a 5-3 MAC record, good for a tie for second place in the final conference standings. BGSU is the No. 2 seed for this weekend's MAC Championships. Both the team's regular-season finish and conference tourney seed are the best in program history.
Chiricosta earned all-conference honors for the second consecutive season, having been named to the All-MAC first-team a year ago.
This year, she has an overall record of 51-21, leading the team in total wins. In singles action, she has a 26-8 mark, including a 16-4 record in dual-match play, having split her time between the first and second flights.
Chiricosta went 5-3 in MAC matches, playing four of those eight matches at the top flight and four at the second.
In doubles, Chiricosta has an overall mark of 25-13 this season, and has teamed with fellow junior Emily Reuland to go 22-12 in 2012-13 to date. That duo played at the number-one doubles flight in 18 of this season's 20 dual matches
Eastern Michigan's Klara Supejova was named both the MAC player of the year and the MAC freshman of the year, while Toledo's Emily Mazzola won the Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship Award.
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