Jackie Reynecke usually has time to talk to her close friend and colleague, Sam Hicks. But when the USTA state singles coordinator phoned her in late September, she was expecting the worst.
"I'm like, 'Oh great,'" Reynecke recalled. "I'm probably late with paperwork or I don't have something ready."
The conversation was much more pleasant than that. Hicks called to deliver Reynecke an encouraging message -- the Palmetto Dunes group coordinator had been selected as the 2013 USTA League Volunteer of the Year.
But Reynecke wasn't buying it.
"Sam and I are good friends, and we just have a lot of fun together," she said. "I thought I was being punked. I'm like, 'Really Sam? Come on, you're kidding. You're pulling my leg.' "
Her incredulous response was debunked soon enough. And now -- after a little more convincing -- Reynecke will accept her award during a Saturday afternoon luncheon at the Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms.
"I don't know how, because I have so many people who help me," she said. "And without them, I don't do what I do."
Sure, Reynecke has help. But her modesty masks what she has accomplished this year for USTA South Carolina.
"She's always been there for the league," said Mary Goins, USTA's state league coordinator. "She's always been there for the players."
Goins pointed to three key events that led to Reynecke's nomination. The Charleston native brought the USTA State Combo Tournament Championships to Palmetto Dunes this year after the tournament departed Daniel Island, a move that brought 249 teams and more than 2,300 players to Hilton Head Island.
She also welcomed the S.C. 40 and Over Championship to her facility after it left Sea Pines. And for good measure, Reynecke helped the Hilton Head Island league grow to more than 4,200 members despite having just fewer than 3,000 before it split with Bluffton and Sun City three years ago.
"I've been in this position for a number of years working with all aspects of the league," Goins said. "Jackie has always been there."
Reynecke has bigger goals for herself in the coming years. Despite also serving as president of the Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island, she has hopes of making bigger contributions to USTA, which she first began working for nine years ago as a mixed doubles coordinator.
"I feel, on the state level, (that) I just have so much more to learn and to do and to be a part of that," she said. "I haven't really worked in certain areas or done certain things with that group of state level coordinators.
"I do aspire to be more of an asset to them at championships, to be more of a worker person for them."
Some would argue she has already done that.
"She is a dynamic, dynamic person," Goins said. "She really is."