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April 21, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Miami senior Bianca Eichkorn has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year and leads the 2011 All-ACC Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.
Rachel Kahan of Duke was selected as the ACC Freshman of the Year, and North Carolina's Brian Kalbas received Coach of the Year honors for the second straight season. Individual honors, as well as the 19-member All-ACC team, were determined by a vote of the league's 12 head coaches.
Nationally third-ranked Duke, which placed first in the ACC with a 10-1 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 four-time selections Reka Zsilinszka and Ellah Nze.
North Carolina followed with three selections, while Clemson, Florida State and Miami each placed two players on the squad. FSU's Katie Rybakova joined Zsilinszka and Ellah Nze as a four-time honoree.
Eichkorn is unbeaten in ACC play this season, with all but one of those victories coming in straight sets. The Tengen, Germany, native owns an all-time ACC dual match record of 38-3, including 21 straight victories in a streak that dates to last season.
This season, Eichkorn is 24-2 in her last 26 matches going back to the middle of November and has won 15 of her last 16 in both singles and doubles. She was named the ACC Player of the Week three times this spring (March 15, March 8, Feb. 15) and owns a 14-4 record against nationally-ranked opponents in singles and is 10-3 against nationally-ranked doubles teams. Her 131 career singles wins tie her with former teammate Laura Vallverdu for the most in Miami school history.
Duke's Kahan, like Eichkorn, posted a perfect 11-0 mark in ACC dual match play. The first-year player from Unionville, Conn., owns a 25-1 overall record, including a 22-0 mark in dual match play. Playing mostly at the No. 5 spot, Kahan was a consistent force for a Duke team that climbed into the top five of the ITA national rankings on Feb. 22 and has remained there ever since.
North Carolina's Kalbas, whose team carries a No. 5 national ranking and a 20-5 overall record into the ACC Championships, kept his team among the nation's elite despite the loss of three seniors from 2010, two of whom were All-Americans and the third who was a four-time All-ACC performer. The Tar Heels, who earned the No. 2 seed in the ACC Championship with a 9-2 league record, were never ranked lower than No. 6 nationally at any point during the regular season.
It marks the sixth 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 two seasons.
2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Tennis Team
Josipa Bek, Junior Clemson**
Keri Wong, Junior, Clemson*
Nadine Fahoum, Senior Duke
Rachel Kahan, Freshman, Duke
Ella Nze, Senior, Duke***
Reka Zsilinszka, Senior, Duke***
Katie Rybakova, Senior, Florida State***
Francesca Segarelli, Sophomore, Florida State
Jillian O'Neill, Junior, Georgia Tech
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, Junior, Maryland
Anna Bartenstein, Junior, Miami*
Bianca Eichkorn, Senior, Miami**
Zoe De Bruycker, Sophomore, North Carolina
Jelena Durisic, Senior, North Carolina
Shinann Featherston, Junior, North Carolina
Sanaa Bhambri, Senior, NC State
Lindsey Hardenbergh, Junior, Virginia*
Yasmin Hamza, Senior, Virginia Tech
Martina Pavelec, Senior, Wake Forest*
Player of the Year - Bianca Eichkorn, Miami Freshman of the Year - Rachel Kahan, Duke Coach of the Year - Brian Kalbas, North Carolina * - Repeat All-ACC Selection ** - Three-time honoree *** - Four-time honoree