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June 19, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and Mark Guilbeau led seven members of the Virginia women’s tennis program that earned Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) honors, announced Friday (June 19).

Elbaba was named 2015 VaSID University Division Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, while Guilbeau was named VaSID University Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year.

Elbaba captured the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate singles title last fall and ended 2014-15 ranked No. 5 in the ITA singles rankings. She earned UVa’s first No. 1 singles ranking and finished the season with a 30-7 record after competing in her third consecutive NCAA Singles Championship.

Guilbeau guided the Cavaliers to their second consecutive ACC Championship and fifth consecutive NCAA Round of 16 appearance. The Cavaliers finished the season ranked No. 9 after posting a 23-6 record.

Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) joined Elbaba on the VaSID All-State First Team.

Collins went 26-6 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship. She finished the season ranked No. 11.

Nauta captured the singles title at the ITA Atlantic Regional, participated in her third straight NCAA Singles Championship and finished the season ranked No. 42 with a 31-15 record.

Maci Epstein (Winter Park, Fla.) and Skylar Morton (Bethesda, Md.) were named to the VaSID Second Team. Epstein posted a career-best 30-10 record, while Morton took MVP honors at the ACC Championship.

Morton was part of two UVa tandems that were honored in doubles. Morton joined teammates Elbaba and Cassie Mercer (Huntington, W.Va.) on the VaSID Second Team.

VaSID University Division All-State Women’s Tennis Team
Player of the Year: Julia Elbaba, Virginia
Coach of the Year: Mark Guilbeau, Virginia
Rookie of the Year: Borislava Botusharova, Old Dominion

All-State First Team
Jeltje Loomans / Leeza Nemchinov, William & Mary
Brittany Yang / Maria Khval, Liberty
Taylor Pinchoff / Alex Huie, James Madison

Danielle Collins, Virginia
Julia Elbaba, Virginia
Jeltje Loomans, William & Mary
Leeza Nemchinov, William & Mary
Cindy Chala, VCU
Stephanie Nauta, Virginia

All-State Second Team
Julia Elbaba / Skylar Morton, Virginia
Salome Kvitashvili / Cindy Chala, VCU
Cassie Mercer / Skylar Morton, Virginia

Borislava Botusharova, Old Dominion
Maci Epstein, Virginia
Ingrid Vojcinakova, Old Dominion
Oliva Thaler, William & Mary
Francesca Fusinato, Virginia Tech
Skylar Morton, Virginia

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