Coming off its first winning season since 2007, the 2016 Wake Forest women’s tennis team took another step in the right direction under ITA Carolina Region Coach of the Year Jeff Wyshner. Aided by the program’s first-ever 9-0 start, the Demon Deacons finished 19-10 overall and 7-7 in the ACC. The Deacs’ 19 wins were their most since 2002 and their seventh-place ACC finish and No. 29 final national ranking were their best since 2007. The team made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 after getting up to No. 14 in the national rankings during the regular season. Junior Kimmy Guerin was the team’s top player, earning Second Team All-ACC status and finishing No. 67 in singles and No. 44 in doubles in the final national rankings. The Weston, Conn. native was the first Demon Deacon in five years to earn a spot in the NCAA Singles Championships. The Deacs’ freshman class of Emma Davis, Anna Ulyashchenko and Joanna Zalewski was also impressive, combining for 54 dual-match singles wins, all at the top four positions. Davis reached No. 103 in the national singles rankings, the highest for a Wake Forest freshman since 2006, while Ulyashchenko collected the first ACC Player of the Week honor by a Deacon rookie since 2004 and finished ranked 44th in doubles with Guerin. Zalewski set a school record with 10 ACC singles triumphs and led the team with 30 victories overall, the highest total by a Deacon since 2002.