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May 17, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Numerous Atlantic Coast Conference women’s tennis student-athletes and coaches were honored with ITA Regional Awards.
The ACC, which has eight teams ranked in the ITA Top 25, boasted three region Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year honorees, including Virginia’s Mark Guilbeau (Atlantic), Clemson’s Nancy Harris (Carolina) and Miami’s Paige Yaroshuk-Tews (Southeast).
North Carolina’s Sara Anundsen and Miami’s Alex Santos were named the Carolina and Southeast Region Assistant Coaches of the Year, respectively.
Seven student-athletes representing six institutions collected individual honors, including ACC Player of the Year Gina Suarez-Malaguti of North Carolina and ACC Freshman of the Year Julia Elbaba of Virginia, who picked up the Carolina Region Senior of the Year and Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year accolades, respectively. UNC’s Whitney Kay (Carolina) and Miami’s Stephanie Wagner (Southeast) also collected region Rookie of the Year honors.
Clemson sophomore Yana Koroleva was named the Carolina Region’s Player to Watch, while Florida State’s Amy Sargeant (Southeast) and Duke’s Mary Clayton (Carolina) earned the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship.
The ACC celebrated another banner women’s tennis season as it saw North Carolina win the ITA Indoor Championship, Miami win its first ACC Championship in program history, eight teams selected to the NCAA Women’s Team Tennis Championship, and 11 singles and two doubles teams earn bids to the NCAA Championship Singles and Doubles fields.
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year
Atlantic – Mark Guilbeau, Virginia
Carolina – Nancy Harris, Clemson
Southeast – Paige Yaroshuk-Tews, Miami
Assistant Coach of the Year
Carolina – Sara Anundsen, North Carolina
Southeast – Alex Santos, Miami
Senior of the Year
Carolina – Gina Suarez – Malaguti, North Carolina
Player to Watch
Carolina – Yana Koroleva, Clemson
Rookie of the Year
Atlantic – Julia Elbaba, Virginia
Carolina – Whitney Kay, North Carolina
Southeast – Stephanie Wagner, Miami
Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship
Carolina – Mary Clayton, Duke
Southeast – Amy Sargeant, Florida State