May 24, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Three Virginia women’s tennis players will continue play at the NCAA Championships as seniors Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), and freshman Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Me.) will compete in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.
Collins is seeded No. 2 overall in the singles bracket, while Elbaba is seeded in the group of 9-16 in singles. Kelley will team with Collins to compete in the NCAA Doubles Championship.
Fans can follow the action live through links provided at VirginiaSports.com and through the program’s official Twitter account @UVAWomensTennis.
Collins enters the singles championship as the overall No. 2 seed with a record of 32-4 on the season. She went 11-1 in ACC play while also posting a 19-2 mark in dual matches. She has won 11 consecutive matches heading into competition. A three-time All-ACC selection, Collins was named the ITA Senior Player of the Year on Tuesday (May 24). She claimed the 2014 NCAA Championship in singles as a sophomore at Virginia. Collins is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest ITA rankings and has been among the top five players in the nation all season.
Collins will take on Vladica Babic of Oklahoma State at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday (May 25). Babic is 29-9 on the season and helped her team advance to the championship match of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships, playing No. 2 singles for most of the season.
Elbaba set the school record for career singles wins with 131 and wins by a senior as she went 35-8 this season. The senior is 20-5 in dual matches and went 15-5 against nationally-ranked competition this season. She was named the 2016 national recipient of the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship by the ITA on Tuesday (May 24). Elbaba has been ranked in the top 20 nationally in singles for most of the season and is currently ranked No. 12 in the latest ITA rankings.
Elbaba will face Aldila Sutjiadi of Kentucky at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday (May 25). Sutjiadi went 16-6 on the season, including an 8-4 mark in the Southeastern Conference. She was 8-4 against nationally-ranked foes this season, spending most of the season playing No. 2 singles for the Wildcats.
Collins and Kelley will face the doubles team of Shayne Austin and Lauren Marker from Arizona. Collins and Kelley posted a 24-10 record on the season as the top doubles team for the Cavaliers and have spent most of the season ranked in the top 20 nationally. Currently, the duo is ranked No. 18 in the ITA rankings. Arizona’s pairing of Austin and Marker posted a 15-5 mark as the top doubles team for the Wildcats this season.