Georgetown News
Tennis - Wed, May 24, 2017

When you force people to sit up and take notice it is exciting to see what happens. Junior Shae Henry has been helping Georgetown College women's tennis do that for three seasons.

She quickly became a pivotal part of the Tiger team, pairing up with fellow then-freshman Natalie Fiepke, at doubles. The rookie unit worked well together and became comfortable with the college pace early. This has allowed coach Jessica Cunningham the ability to even split them up to help guide new players at doubles, but when she needs a point she knows where to go. She did this at the 2017 NAIA National Women's Tennis Championship recently and her now juniors rolled.

Henry has also consistently taken on the best opposing teams have to offer in singles competition. While early in her career it was tough at times, she showed great patience and the ability to learn and adjust on the fly. She burst onto the scene in the 2015 fall ITA regional meet, battling through several rounds to put her name on the map. Henry continued to do that this season and Tuesday afternoon became just the fourth overall and eight time Tiger All-American. She is the first to be something other than honorable mention as she was named second-team.

Henry joins Sarah Yost, Adrienne Bartlett and Emily Kerrick. Bartlett is a two-time honoree, while Yost and Kerrick were named to the list three times.

"I'm so excited for this moment for Shae," Cunningham said. "It is well deserved and the proof that hard work pays off. She's a quiet and skilled player. I think her demeanor on the court sometimes catches opponents off guard, as she is very internally focused and motivated. She can start dominating and there is just no chink in that armor for opponents to try and get back into a match."

For the Tiger men, Georgetown is also starting to get recognition and most of it is shining on sophomore Ryo Takeda.

He becomes just the third male Tiger to receive national recognition and the first since 2008. Tuesday the NAIA announced him as honorable mention All-American for the 2017 season.

Matias Carcamo and Andres Escalante were honored in 2008 as second-team and honorable mention respectively.

"This is what Michael and I had hoped for coming back," Cunningham said. "We knew what this program was capable. It has been slow at times, we see the progress daily, and it is these young student-athletes we are bringing in making the difference. That helps make it extra rewarding to see them getting recognition and respect from others as well."


 

 
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