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Instant Peay Play: APSU Tennis’ Lidia Yanes Garcia continues to add to probable HOF resume


Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – With a year still to go in a career what should be remembered as an Austin Peay State University Athletics Department Hall of Fame career, Lidia Yanes Garcia continues to add accolades to her resume.

This past week, Garcia – a native of Los Realejos, Spain – became the first APSU women’s tennis player to earn a spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Ohio Valley Regional rankings; coming in 15th.

APSU Tennis - Lidia Yanes Garcia

The honor was second this year for Yanes Garcia, as she earned the ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Awards for the Ohio Valley region, which recognizes athletes for their pursuit of excellence on and off the court.

Yanes Garcia went 16-2 overall at the No. 1 singles for the Govs, including an 8-1 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play on her way to becoming the first women’s tennis player in OVC history to win OVC Player of the Year honors three times – breaking a tie with seven other players, including three other former APSU athletes (T.J. Kleynhans (1985-86), Shannon Peters (1990-91), Susan Sheather (1992/94).

She was also the first women’s tennis player to win OVC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors in the same season in 2016.

Overall, Yanes Garcia has posted a 43-7 win-loss record in dual play in her career (a .860 win percentage) and an even more impressive 25-2 career mark (a .926 win percentage) in OVC dual play in her first three seasons for the red and white.

But it isn’t just on the tennis court only that Yanes Garcia, as she was named to 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I At-Large Second-Team, as she carries a perfect 4.0 grade-point in her computer science major.

Yanes Garcia, along with teammate Brittney Covington, were the first APSU women’s tennis players to earn Academic All-America honors.

She was also one of 20 semifinalists for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, given to the most decorated of the more than 1,000 outstanding minority student-athletes nominated by their respective colleges or universities by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine.

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