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Jan. 14, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Seniors Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) have been named tri-captains for the No. 7 Virginia women’s tennis team and are ready to lead when the squad opens spring competition at No. 49 Boston College this weekend.

“The 2016 season will more than ever emphasize team-driven leadership,” said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. “We are excited about the many steps that are consistently being taken to further the positive effect of great leadership within this program. We are grateful for the leadership that will be provided by Stephanie, Danielle and Julia. We are also very proud of their appointment and acceptance of being this year’s team captains.

“We are most excited about the commitment from within the entire team – for each member of the team to be a leader and help this team. We know our captains support this synergistic approach and the idea of all being great leaders and great supporters of leadership. There is no doubt that team-driven leadership will be a most important and meaningful process that leads to success throughout the season.”

Collins enters the spring season ranked No. 4 in the Oracle/ITA national rankings for singles after posting a 13-2 record in the fall. She won the Oracle/ITA Masters Championship and the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship. A two-time All-American, Collins won the 2014 NCAA singles championship.

Elbaba enters the spring season ranked No 8 in the Oracle/ITA national rankings for singles after posting a 15-3 record in the fall. She won the ITA Atlantic Regional championship in singles last fall and advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships. A three-time All-American, Elbaba was named the ITA National Rookie of the Year in 2013.

Nauta enters the spring season ranked No. 30 in the Oracle/ITA national rankings for singles, the highest starting ranking of her career. She posted a 6-3 record in limited action in the fall. A two-time participant in the NCAA Singles Championship, Nauta won the 2014 ITA Atlantic Regional Championship in singles and was also named the recipient of the ITA Cissie Levy Award for Sportsmanship. This is her third straight season as a captain.

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