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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Three former Cavaliers were selected Friday in the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft. Alex Singer was selected by the Washington Freedom with the eighth overall pick, Nikki Krzysik was selected by the Chicago Red Stars with the 13th overall pick and Sarah Senty was selected by the Washington Freedom with the 49th overall selection.

The three players join four other former Cavaliers already on WPS rosters for the league’s debut this spring. Singer and Senty join Sarah Huffman, Lori Lindsey and Becky Sauerbrunn on the Washington Freedom roster while Angela Hucles is a member of the Boston Breakers.

Singer, a 2008 second-team All-ACC selection, was the first pick of the second round by Washington. She started 79 games as an outside defender for the Cavaliers over the past four seasons.

“I wasn’t expecting to be selected so early, but it is certainly an honor,” said Singer. “I am just proud to be a part of this new league. The fact that UVa will have so many players in the league shows how the program produces players ready to compete at the highest level. I am excited to have so many of them as my teammates with the Freedom.”

Krzysik, the 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time NSCAA First Team All-American, was selected in the second round by Chicago. She started all 89 games of her Cavalier career and had seven goals and eight assists while anchoring the Virginia defense.

Senty, a 2008 All-Mid Atlantic Region honoree, was selected by Washington in the seventh round. She appeared in a UVa record 93 games in her career, starting 90 matches. She had four goals and 12 assists in her career from her outside defender position.

The WPS will begin play in April with seven teams. With seven players on WPS rosters, Virginia ranks third among college programs behind North Carolina (11) and Notre Dame (10).

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