April 24, 2013
CARY, N.C. - Virginia's Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Tennis Freshman of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday (April 24). In addition, Cavalier freshman Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) joined Elbaba on the All-ACC Women's Tennis Team.
Elbaba, who is ranked No. 12 in the latest ITA singles rankings, becomes the first Cavalier to earn ACC Women's Tennis Freshman of the Year accolades. Elbaba leads Virginia with 31 singles wins, including 15 victories in dual action. Elbaba is 31-9 overall and 10-1 in ACC dual play. Elbaba also sports a 14-3 doubles record with senior Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) and has 27 doubles wins overall.
Nauta is No. 73 in the latest singles rankings and is second on the team with 27 singles wins. Nauta is 27-9 overall and 14-5 in dual action. She is 9-6 in doubles during dual action and has 26 doubles victories overall. Nauta is ranked No. 34 in doubles with junior Li Xi (Kunming, China).
Elbaba and Nauta are the 12th and 13th Virginia women's tennis players to earn All-ACC recognition.
No. 3 seed Virginia (16-8, 9-2 ACC) received a first-round bye in the ACC Women's Tennis Championship and will play No. 6 seed Duke (14-8, 5-5 ACC) or No. 11 seed Virginia Tech (13-11, 2-9 ACC) in the quarterfinals on Friday, April 26 at 3 p.m.
Live scoring for all of Virginia's matches in the championship will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
2013 All-ACC Women’s Tennis Team
Alex Kelleher, Sr., Boston College
Beatrice Gumulya, So., Clemson
Liz Jeukeng, Fr., Clemson
Yana Koroleva, So., Clemson
Mary Clayton, Sr., Duke
Ester Goldfeld, So., Duke
Hanna Mar, Jr., Duke
Daneika Borthwick, So., Florida State
Kendal Woodard, Fr., Georgia Tech
Vroni Van Berlo, Sr., Maryland
Stephanie Wagner, Fr., Miami
Gina Suarez-Malaguti, Sr., North Carolina
Zoe De Bruycker, Sr., North Carolina
Caroline Price, So., North Carolina
Joelle Kissell, Jr., NC State
Julia Elbaba, Fr., Virginia
Stephanie Nauta, Fr.,Virginia
Ilinca Stoica, Fr., Virginia Tech
Kathryn Talbert, Sr., Wake Forest
ACC Player of the Year: Gina Suarez-Malaguti, North Carolina
ACC Freshman of the Year: Julia Elbaba, Virginia
ACC Coach of the Year: Brian Kalbas, North Carolina
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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