CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Junior Tai Lucero (Odessa, Texas/Permian) has been named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American Third Team.
Lucero was previously selected to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Team. To be eligible for the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District and All-American teams, 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 finished the season with an impressive 24-4 singles record and 28-4 in doubles. Lucero also qualified for the NCAA National Championships in both singles and doubles with partner Michelle Schupbach (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Columbus). Lucero's 24 singles wins this year were 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 were 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 was the only Iowa Conference selection on the at-large team. She became the first Kohawk women's tennis player to earn the honor.