CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Junior Tai Lucero (Odessa, Texas/Permian) has been named to the CoSIDA/Capital One All-District Eight First Team. Lucero is now eligible for All-American honors.
To be eligible for the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 GPA, be a sophomore or higher and have attended the school for at least a year. Nominees are voted on by Sports Information Directors across the region, based on their academic and athletic accomplishments. Lucero is a Biology major.
Lucero is an impressive 24-3 in singles this year and 28-3 in doubles. Later this week, Lucero will participate in the NCAA National Championships in both singles and doubles with partner Michelle Schupbach (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Columbus). Lucero's 24 singles wins this year are tied for the seventh most in school history, while she owns the second (26 in 2011) and fourth (25 in 2010) most wins in a season. Lucero's 75 singles victories in her career are the fourth most in school history.
Her 28 doubles wins with Schupbach this year are the second most in school history to their 29 last season. In three years, they own 79 wins, the most in school history. Lucero owns 81 doubles victories in her career, the fourth most in school history. Her 54 total wins this year are third most in school history, while her 55 last year are second most. Lucero is fourth in school history with 156 total wins in her career.
Lucero and Dubuque's Stephanie LoCasto were the only Iowa Conference athletes selected to the team. Of the 12 members on the team, six were tennis players. Lucero is now eligible for the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American team, which will be announced on June 4th.