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April 19, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (tehACC.com) – Duke’s Beatrice Capra has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year and the ACC Freshman of the Year and leads the 2012 All-ACC Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.
North Carolina’s Brian Kalbas received Coach of the Year honors for the third straight season. Individual honors, as well as the 18-member All-ACC team, were determined by a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.
Nationally second-ranked Duke (22-2), which placed first in the ACC with a 11-0 conference record and earned the No. 1 seed for this week’s ACC Championship in Cary, N.C., led all schools with four student-athletes voted to the All-ACC team, including 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year Rachel Kahan.
Eighth-ranked North Carolina followed with three selections, while No. 9 Miami, No. 15 Virginia and No. 22 Clemson each placed two student-athletes on the squad.
The nation’s second-ranked player, Capra is 24-3 overall this season, owns an 18-1 mark in dual matches and a 9-0 record in ACC play. Perhaps most impressive of all is the Ellicott City, Md., native’s 15-3 record against ranked opponents. In doubles, Capra and sophomore teammate Rachel Kahan, the nation’s 27th-ranked unit, have posted a 16-5 overall record and are 6-2 against ranked doubles teams.
Capra becomes the fourth women’s tennis player – and the third from Duke – to be named both the ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Freshman of the Year in the same season since the latter award was established in 1994.
North Carolina’s Kalbas, whose team carries a No. 8 national ranking and a 20-5 overall record into the ACC Championships, led his team to a 10-1 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Tar Heels will enter this week’s tournament as the defending ACC champions and will open play on Friday at Cary Tennis Park. It marks the seventh coach of the year award for Kalbas, who was honored four times by the CAA as head coach at William & Mary in addition to his ACC honors each of the last three seasons.
2012 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Team
Erina Kikuchi, Senior, Boston College
Keri Wong, Senior, Clemson***
Klara Vyskocilova, Sophomore, Clemson
Beatrice Capra, Freshman, Duke
Ester Goldfeld, Freshman, Duke
Rachel Kahan, Sophomore, Duke**
Hanna Mar, Sophomore, Duke
Jillian O’Neill, Senior, Georgia Tech **
Cristina Stancu, Sophomore, Maryland
Anna Bartenstein, Senior, Miami***
Gabriela Mateus, Senior, Miami
Zoe De Bruycker, Junior, North Carolina**
Shinann Featherston, Senior, North Carolina**
Lauren McHale, Junior, North Carolina
Joelle Kissell, Sophomore, NC State
Emily Fraser, Senior, Virginia**
Lindsey Hardenbergh, Senior, Virginia***
Kayla Duncan, Senior, Wake Forest
Player of the Year – Beatrice Capra, Duke
Freshman of the Year – Beatrice Capra, Duke
Coach of the Year – Brian Kalbas, North Carolina
** - Two-time All-ACC Selection *** - Three-time honoree