Hokies earn academic honors

BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech women’s tennis team has earned 2017 academic honors from both the Atlantic Coast Conference as well as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Representing the Hokies on the ACC team were junior Elena Cerezo-Codina, senior Francesca Fusinato and freshman Natalie Novotna. Cerezo-Codina, a human development major, tallied a 7-6 record in ACC play on the season and was 8-5 overall at the three. Fusinato, who majored in human nutrition, food and exercise, put together an impressive 16-8 tally at the one on the year while going 8-5 in the league. Novotna, majoring in biochemistry, earned ITA Regional Player to Watch honors after going 18-5 in the spring. Uscocovich rounds out the team, majoring in architecture, the freshman recorded doubles victories in matches against No. 23 Wake Forest and No. 42 Florida State.

Tech placed seven student-athletes on the ITA team. Joining Fusinato and Novotna were Katherine Butler, Caroline Daxhelet, Fallon Delp, Sansitha Nandakumar and Luisa Uscocovich.

Butler, a junior majoring in language and literature with a minor in business, appeared in 13 matches for the Hokies in the spring. Daxhelet went 8-9 in dual play while studying human nutrition, food and exercise. Freshman Delp did not see action in the spring, but picked up two singles wins during fall tournament play. Nandakumar, an economics major, finished her career with a 29-26 tally in dual play, including a 15-9 mark at the six.

Full ITA Academic Team

Asiya Dair, Jr., Boston College
Daniela Ruiz, Jr., Clemson
Constanza Gorches, Fr., Clemson
Meible Chi, Fr., Duke
Ellyse Hamlin, So., Duke
Samantha Harris, Jr., Duke
Chalena Scholl, Sr., Duke
Kaitlyn McCarthy, So., Duke
Gabriella Castaneda, Jr., Florida State
Daniela Schippers, Sr., Florida State
Mariana Humberg, Jr., Louisville
Sinead Lohan, Jr., Miami
Estela Perez-Somarriba, Fr., Miami
Martina Frantova, Sr., NC State
Jessie Aney, So., North Carolina
Hayley Carter, Sr., North Carolina
Sara Daavettila, Fr., North Carolina
Alexa Graham, Fr., North Carolina
Makenna Jones, Fr., North Carolina
Chloe Ouellet-Pizer, So., North Carolina
Brooke Broda, Jr., Notre Dame
Monica Robinson, Sr., Notre Dame
Gabriela Knutson, So., Syracuse
Miranda Ramirez, Fr., Syracuse
Elena Cerezo-Codina, Jr., Virginia Tech
Francesca Fusinato, Sr., Virginia Tech
Natalie Novotna, Fr., Virginia Tech

Samantha Asch, Sr.-r, Wake Forest
Luisa Fernandez, Sr., Wake Forest
Kimmy Guerin, Sr., Wake Forest

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