June 10, 2014
    Fusinato named to VaSID All-State Team
    Freshman earned second-team honors

    HARRISONBURG, Va. – Freshman Francesca Fusinato was named to the 2014 University Division Women’s Tennis Second Team Tuesday afternoon, as voted on by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). This is the first of such honors for Fusinato.

    Virginia swept the major awards as Danielle Collins was named the state player of the year and Rachel Pierson earned Rookie of the Year honors. The head coach of the Cavaliers, Mark Guilbeau, who was named Coach of the Year, rounded out the trio.

    Fusinato got her collegiate career out to an impressive start as she claimed nine singles victories in her first 11 appearances. The Feltre, Belluno, Italy, finished her debut season with a 12-5 dual record, going 8-2 from the No. 1 spot. Despite being slowed by injury for the latter part of the season, Fusinato ended the 2014 season ranked 120 nationally and eighth in the Atlantic Region. She was also named to the All-ACC third team earlier this post season.

    2014 VaSID All-State University Division Women’s Tennis

    Player of the Year: Danielle Collins, Virginia

    Rookie of the Year: Rachel Pierson, Virginia

    Coach of the Year: Mark Guilbeau, Virginia

    All-State First Team

    Singles

    Danielle Collins, Virginia

    Julia Elbaba, Virginia

    Cindy Chala, VCU

    Stephanie Nauta, Virginia

    Maria Belaya, William & Mary

    Rachel Pierson, Virginia

    Doubles

    Julia Elbaba/Rachel Pierson, Virginia

    Maria Belaya/Jeltje Loomans, William & Mary

    Danielle Collins/Maci Epstein, Virginia

    All-State Second Team

    Singles

    Leeza Nemchinov, William & Mary

    Yukako Noi, VCU

    Maci Epstein, Virginia

    Nikol Hristova, Old Dominion

    Salome Kvitashvili, VCU

    Francesca Fusinato, Virginia Tech

    Doubles

    Daria Yakualeva/Olga Barscheuskaya, VCU

    Alex Huie/Taylor Pinchoff, James Madison

    Maria Belaya/Leeza Nemchinov, William & Mary

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