CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –Four members of the Virginia women’s tennis team earned recognition from the Virginia Sports Information Directors for the 2018-19 season, including Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, it was announced with the organization’s release of its annual honors.
Senior Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, Maine) was named the Player of the Year, while freshman Amber O’Dell (New Milford, N.J.) was named the Rookie of the Year. Both players were also first team VaSID selections in singles. Junior Chloe Gullickson (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) was also named a first-team selection in singles.
Gullickson and O’Dell also garnered first-team honors in doubles, as did the pairing of Kelley and freshman Sofia Munera (Pereira, Colombia).
Kelley was also named ITA Atlantic Region Senior Player of the year and ITA Atlantic Region Most Improved Senior Player as she reached a career-high ranking No. 20 in singles and ranked as high as No. 8 in doubles. She won the ITA Atlantic Regional championship in doubles with Munera. Kelley was selected to compete in the NCAA Women’s Singles Championship and tabbed for a berth in the NCAA Women’s Doubles Championship along with Munera.
O’Dell also received ITA Atlantic Rookie of the year and propelled to a season high ranking of No. 68 in the ITA singles rankings. She finished the year ranked No. 119 in singles. O’Dell defeated Cameron Morra of UNC who then was ranked No. 20 and was named the ACC Rookie of the year. She also defeated No. 29 Brienne Minor of Michigan and defeated the then No. 1 ranked doubles pairing of Leduc/Navarro from Clemson with Gullickson.
Gullickson posted a 26-11 record on the season that included a 15-7 mark in dual matches this spring. She also went 11-2 in her primary position of fourth in the lineup in singles and defeated No. 21 Chiara Lommer to help the Cavaliers in a win at No. 23 Michigan. She attained a high-ranking of No. 108 in singles play this season.