The 2013-2014 Wilkes University Women's Tennis Team won the Freedom Conference Title for the eighth straight year (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014). The Lady Colonels finished with a stellar 19-3 overall record, and qualified for the NCAA National Tournament! The Wilkes Tennis Program is now a combined 142-18 over the past eight years, with eight consecutive appearances in the NCAA National Tournament.
Post Season Highlights
The Wilkes Women's team won their eighth straight Conference title in dominating fashion by winning both playoff matches by identical 5-0 scores. This Wilkes team went to their eighth straight NCAA National Tournament!! This team has not lost a conference match in the past eight years (64-0).
Also, this Wilkes team advanced to the second round of the NCAA National Tourney with a perfect 5-0 decision over Mt. St Mary's. This was the fourth career NCAA Tourney win for the program.
Also, the Wilkes Women's team was named an ITA All-American Academic Team! They finished the academic year with an amazing 3.5 team GPA!
In 2014, Wilkes advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA National Tourney with a dominating 5-0 win in the First Round. This was the fourth career NCAA Team win for Wilkes!
Wilkes University placed five members of the tennis team on the All-Conference squad for the 2013-2014 year: Allison Kristofco, Kendra Croker, Anastasia English, Taylor Hoffmann, and Madison Salmon.
Allison Kristofco was named Conference Player of the Year after finishing with a perfect conference record (20-0). Ally was also named Wilkes Female Athlete of the Year, and an ITA All American Scholar Athlete.
Kendra Croker was named Conference Rookie of the Year!
Wilkes University was also named an ITA All-American Academic team. Every girl on the team has over a 3.0 GPA (Team GPA = 3.5)
Head Coach Chris Leicht was named Conference Coach of the Year for the 9th straight year. Coach Leicht led both his women's and men's teams to Conference Titles and NCAA berths this past year. Over the past 8 years, Leicht has won 8 women's titles and 7 men's titles. He has led all 15 of those teams to the NCAA National Tournament! Also, both of Leicht's teams won first round NCAA matches in 2014.
Coach Leicht has a 326-81 College Coaching Record, and holds all career tennis records at Wilkes University. Before coaching at Wilkes, Leicht was the head boy's tennis coach at Danville where he posted a career 57-4 record. Leicht's career overall coaching record stands at 383-85.
Coach Leicht is a PTR Certified teaching professional, and also serves on the NCAA Regional Ranking Committee. He is a full-time coach at Wilkes University, and also oversees their indoor athletic tennis facility.