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Pepperdine’s Ashley Lahey scored another honor this week from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Submitted photo
Submitted by Pepperdine University
7:43 am PDT May 28, 2020

Ashley Lahey, already an accomplished senior tennis star at Pepperdine University, added another accolade this week when she was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Senior Player of the Year — a first for a Pepperdine player in the history of Waves tennis.

According to the university, the top-ranked senior ended 2020’s dual season 10-1 in singles, all on court one. With the exception of a two-week period in February, she was ranked first for the entire spring season.

 In fall 2019, Lahey went undefeated through three tournaments on the way to winning three-straight championships: the Oracle/ITA Masters, Women’s Collegiate Invitational and the ITA All-American Championships. She was also named ITA Player of the Month for October and November.

National attention came her way this season as Lahey became the first-ever Pepperdine women’s tennis player ranked No. 1 in singles, as well as the second Wave to achieve the Southwest Region’s Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship & Leadership award. Then came Senior Player of the Year.

Her senior-season accomplishments include:

2020 ITA Senior Player of the Year

2020 ITA All-American

2020 ITA Southwest Region Arthur Ashe Award

2020 ITA Southwest Region Senior Player of the Year

2019 Oracle/ITA Masters Champion (fall)

2019 Women’s Collegiate Invitational (fall)

2019 ITA All-American Champion (fall)

Lahey exploded onto the collegiate tennis scene her freshman season, finishing 2016-17 ranked at a then-career high No. 11 in the ITA singles rankings after posting a 32-7 singles record and winning the Southwest Regional singles title.

She excelled the following season, bumped her career-high ranking to No. 3 (up from 11) in singles, amassing a 27-5 singles record and winning her second-straight Southwest Regional singles championship. She became the first ever Waves player to reach the NCAA Singles championship, where she finished as runner-up in 2018.

As a junior, Lahey earned a .703 winning percentage at 19-8 in singles and .742 at 26-9 in doubles. In the fall, she advanced into the ITA National Championships quarterfinals and the round of 32 in the spring 2019 NCAA National Singles Championships.

And she’s not done.

Lahey is returning to Pepperdine after the cancellation of the remainder of the 2020 dual season back in April. The No. 13 Waves will welcome her and No. 35 Jessica Failla “Back to the ’Bu” for one more season, as well as adding fresh Waves Lexi Ryngler, Nikki Redelijk and Shiori Fukuda for 2020-21.