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Elbaba, Collins, Nauta and Pierson Named All-ACC

Danielle Collins

April 23, 2014

CARY, N.C. - A trio of Virginia sophomores and one freshman earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Tennis honors, announced by the league office Wednesday (April 23).

The Cavaliers earned a league-high four players on the All-ACC teams as determined by a vote of the league's 15 head coaches. Sophomores Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) were named to the first team, while sophomore Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) was named to the second team and freshman Rachel Pierson (Princeton, N.J.) earned a spot on the third team.

Elbaba, who is ranked No. 4 in the latest ITA singles rankings, earns All-ACC honors for the second consecutive season after posting a 16-3 dual record at No. 1 singles, including a 9-2 mark in ACC action. Elbaba was named ACC Player of the Week twice and clinched Virginia's 5-2 win over then-No. 1 Duke with a 7-5, 7-5 win over then-No. 3 Beatrice Capra on Feb. 21. Elbaba is also ranked No. 13 in doubles with Pierson.

Collins, who transferred to Virginia from Florida, is ranked No. 36 after posting a 15-5 dual mark, including an 11-2 mark at Nos. 1 and 2 singles in ACC play. Collins earned back-to-back ACC Player of the Week honors in late March.

No. 62 Nauta earns her second straight All-ACC honor after posting a team-best 18-2 dual record. Nauta also posted an impressive 11-1 record in ACC action. No. 69 Pierson posted a 13-8 dual record, including a 7-1 mark at No. 4 singles.

No. 3 seed Virginia (18-5, 12-2 ACC) received a double bye in this weekend's ACC Women's Tennis Championship and will play No. 6 seed Georgia Tech (12-8, 9-5 ACC), No. 11 seed Virginia Tech (12-12, 4-10) or No. 14 seed NC State (8-13, 2-12 ACC) in the quarterfinals on Friday, April 25 at 3 p.m.

Live scoring for all of Virginia's matches in the championship will be available at VirginiaSports.com.

All-ACC First Team
Jamie Loeb Fr. North Carolina
Julia Elbaba @ So. Virginia
Beatrice Capra @ So. Duke
Hayley Carter Fr. North Carolina
Stephanie Wagner @ So. Miami
Ester Goldfeld # Jr. Duke
Kendal Woodard @ So. Georgia Tech
Hanna Mar # Sr. Duke
Danielle Collins So. Virginia

All-ACC Second Team
Joelle Kissell # Sr. NC State
Caroline Price @ Jr. North Carolina
Kelsey Laurente So. Miami
Megan Kurey So. Georgia Tech
Kerrie Cartwright Jr. Florida State
Jessica Wacnik Jr. Boston College
Yana Koroleva @ Sr. Clemson
Maddie Kobelt Sr. Syracuse
Stephanie Nauta @ So. Virginia

All-ACC Third Team
Daneika Borthwick @ Jr. Florida State
Romy Koelzer Jr. Clemson
Beatrice Gumulya @ Jr. Clemson
Lina Lileikite Jr. Miami
Alexandra Stanova Fr. Maryland
Rachel Pierson Fr. Virginia
Britney Sanders Sr. Notre Dame
Francesca Fusinato Fr. Virginia Tech
Ilinca Stoica So. Virginia Tech

Individual Award Winners
Player of the Year - Jamie Loeb, North Carolina
Freshman of the Year - Hayley Carter
Coach of the Year - Nancy Harris

@ - Two-time honoree
# - Three-time honoree


 

 

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