Collins, Elbaba Advance At NCAA Singles Championship
May 25, 2016
TULSA, Okla. – Virginia seniors Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) both picked up opening-round wins on Wednesday (May 25) to advance in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship at the Case Tennis Center.
Collins, the No. 2 seed in the event and 2014 NCAA Singles Champion, advanced with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Anna Shkudun of Syracuse in a rematch of the regular-season meeting between the two players. The Cavalier senior bested Shkudun 6-1, 6-1 in the dual match between the two teams in February. Shkudun was ranked No. 61 in the latest ITA singles rankings.
Collins will now face Jessie Aney of North Carolina at 1 p.m. ET Thursday in the Round of 32. Aney is unseeded, but ranked No. 57 in the latest ITA singles rankings.
Elbaba, who is seeded in the group of 9-16 for the tournament, advanced with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Aldila Sutjiadi of Kentucky. Sutjiadi was ranked No. 29 in the latest ITA singles rankings.
Elbaba will face Georgiana Patrasc of Mississippi State at 10 a.m. ET in the Round of 32 on Thursday. Patrasc is unseeded in the tournament, but is ranked No. 36 in the latest ITA singles rankings.
In addition to the two singles matches, Collins will also begin competition in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship when she pairs with freshman Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Me.) on Thursday. Collins and Kelley will face Arizona’s Shayne Austin and Lauren Marker at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Fans can follow the action live through links on VirginiaSports.com or get updates on the program’s official Twitter account @UVAWomensTennis or by following @NCAATennis on Twitter.