Chi Ly Named NCCAA Coach of the Year While Four Players Named to All-American Listing
May 15, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
GREENVILLE, S.C.- If winning the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship last week wasn’t enough, the Palm Beach Atlantic women’s tennis team also brought home numerous individual accolades as well. Leading the way was the announcement of Coach Chi Ly being named NCCAA Coach of the Year while Victoria Baca, Veena Vasquez, Leydi Zora and Natalia Trotter all were chosen to the NCCAA All-American teams.
The honor of Coach of the Year for Ly is his second such honor as he led the PBA men’s team to the NCCAA National Championship in 2010. His women’s team finished this season with a 20-5 record while earning their highest NCAA Division II national ranking in program history.
Vasquez proved to have a special first season wearing the Blue and White as the Boynton Beach native played No. 1-singles and No. 1-doubles all season while leading her team to the top NCCAA crown.
For her efforts, Vasquez was selected to the All-Tournament team for singles and doubles following this year’s NCCAA National Tournament held in Mobile, Alabama at the Mobile Tennis Center.
Joining Vasquez on the All-Tournament team in singles was Baca who completed her second season in a PBA uniform. The Ecuador native settled in at No. 2-singles for the Fish this season while earning her second straight NCCAA All-American nod.
Playing No. 1-doubles alongside Vasquez was graduate student Leydi Zora. A native of Columbia and a transfer from NCAA Division I, Tennessee Tech University, Zora is pursuing her Master’s of Business Administration and was named to the All-Tournament team and a NCCAA All-American first-team selection.
The honor of NCCAA All-American second-team for Trotter is her third straight season named to the postseason listing as an accomplished singles and doubles player. Trotter is from Guadalajara, Mexico.
In addition to their on-court success, numerous women’s tennis players were recognized for their efforts in the classroom and in the community.
Trotter and Baca were each named NCCAA scholar-athletes while both also earned NCCAA student-athlete Ministry Awards. Joining them as Ministry Award honorees were Maria Jimenez, Liddy Robinson and Jessica Wharton.
Congratulations to each student-athlete recognized for their success this season.