Suarez-Malaguti Leads All-ACC Women's Tennis Team

April 24, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina senior Gina Suarez-Malaguti has been selected the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year and leads the 2013 All-ACC Team as announced by Commissioner John Swofford.

Virginia freshman Julia Elbaba was named Freshman of the Year and North Carolina head coach Brian Kalbas was named the ACC Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. Individual honors as well as the 19-member All-ACC team were determined by a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.

ACC Regular-Season Champion and No. 2 ranked North Carolina (24-2, 10-1 ACC) placed three student-athletes on the All-ACC Team along with Clemson (14-6, 9-2) and Duke (14-8, 5-5). The Tigers earned the No. 2 seed in the ACC Women’s Tennis Championship and are ranked 11th in the latest ITA Rankings, while the Blue Devils are the No. 5 seed and stand No. 14 nationally.

Thirteenth-ranked Virginia followed with two selections, while No. 10 Miami, No. 22 Georgia Tech, No. 30 Florida State, No. 47 NC State, No. 69 Virginia Tech, No. 71 Boston College, Wake Forest and Maryland each placed one student-athlete on the squad.

Suarez-Malaguti, who is ranked No. 7, is 24-7 overall, 13-4 at No. 1 singles and owns a 7-1 mark in ACC action. The senior from Pembroke Pines, Fla., was named ACC Player of the Week on two occasions, and owns 12 wins over ranked opponents this season. She is the fourth Player of the Year selection for the Tar Heels and first since Cinda Gurney earned the honor three consecutive seasons in 1991, 1992 and 1993.

Elbaba collected an 8-1 mark in ACC play in her first season at Virginia and owns a team best 29 wins. The Oyster Bay, N.Y., native played all of her dual singles matches at the top of the lineup and collected a 13-7 dual record. She has been ranked in the ITA’s Top 15 all eight weeks and was named the ACC Player of the Week on April. 2. She is the first Cavalier to be named the league’s Freshman of the Year since the award’s inception in 1994.

North Carolina’s Kalbas, whose team carries a No. 2 national ranking and a 24-2 overall record into the ACC Championships, led his team to a 10-1 mark in ACC play. Under his guidance, the Tar Heels were the No. 1 team in the ITA Rankings for 10 straight weeks and claimed the 2013 ITA National Team Indoor Championship earlier this season. It marks the eighth 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 four seasons.

ACC Player of the Year: Gina Suarez-Malaguti, Sr., North Carolina
ACC Freshman of the Year: Julia Elbaba, Fr., Virginia
ACC Coach of the Year: Brian Kalbas, North Carolina

2013 All-ACC Women’s Tennis Team
Alex Kelleher, Sr., Boston College
Beatrice Gumulya, So., Clemson
Liz Jeukeng, Fr., Clemson
Yana Koroleva, So., Clemson
Mary Clayton, Sr., Duke
Ester Goldfeld, So., Duke **
Hanna Mar, Jr., Duke **
Daneika Borthwick, So., Florida State
Kendal Woodard, Fr., Georgia Tech
Vroni Van Berlo, Sr., Maryland
Stephanie Wagner, Fr., Miami
Gina Suarez-Malaguti, Sr., North Carolina
Zoe De Bruycker, Sr., North Carolina ***
Caroline Price, So., North Carolina
Joelle Kissell, Jr., NC State **
Julia Elbaba, Fr., Virginia
Stephanie Nauta, Fr.,Virginia
Ilinca Stoica, Fr., Virginia Tech
Kathryn Talbert, Sr., Wake Forest
NOTE: an extra member was added to the team due to a tie in voting.
**- Two-time All-ACC Selection
***- Three Time All-ACC Selection