The Virginia women’s tennis program has a history of team and individual achievement throughout the years. Among the program’s achievements are 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, multiple national award winners and All-Americans, three NCAA singles championships and a pair of ACC Championships.
virginia women's tennis INDIVIDUAL honors
- 2x NCAA Singles Champion – Danielle Collins (2014, 2016)
- 2021 NCAA Singles Champion - Emma Navarro
- 2021 ITA National Rookie of the Year - Emma Navarro
- 2020 ITA National Rookie of the Year – Natasha Subhash
- 2016 Honda Award National Tennis Player of the Year – Danielle Collins
- 2016 ITA National Senior Player of the Year – Danielle Collins
- 2016 ITA National Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award – Julia Elbaba
- 2013 ITA National Rookie of the Year – Julia Elbaba
- 2013 ACC Freshman of the Year – Julia Elbaba
The excellence achieved by Virginia’s student-athletes has not been confined to competitive venues. Thanks to strong support systems, UVA student-athletes consistently excel in the classroom and participate in many extracurricular activities. In 2021, 493 Cavaliers were named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll that recognizes student-athletes who registered a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the entire academic year. The honor of honors is graduating from Virginia and making the walk down the Lawn.
The athletics academic affairs staff oversees registration and eligibility requirements of a diverse group of student-athletes. They communicate directly with coaching staffs concerning student needs and progress. Along with dedicated staff members for each team, tutors and mentors are readily available for individual assistance.
NATIONAL AND CONFERENCE HONORS
- 27 ITA Scholar Athlete Selections
- Six ITA Team Academic Award
- 24 ACC Women’s Tennis All-Academic Selections
A PREMIER COACHING STAFF
The Virginia coaching staff is comprised of an accomplished group who achieved success on the court and are now focused on training the next group of elite athletes.
HEAD COACH SARA O'LEARY
- 2007 NCAA Doubles Champion
- 2x All-American (2006, 2007)
- 2011 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year
- 2015 USTA National Collegiate Coach
- 2016 A10 Coach of the Year
ASSISTANT COACH GINA SUAREZ-MALAGUTI
- 2019 & 2021 ITA Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year
- 2013 ACC Player of the Year
- 2013 All-American
- 2013 All-ACC
VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH TYSON THOMAS
- Head men’s coach at University of Nebraska-Omaha (2014-2019)
- Assistant men’s & women’s coach Nebraska-Omaha (2013-2014)
- 2x All-RMAC as a player at University of Nebraksa-Kearney
- 2x Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Team Champions (2004, 2005)
- 2005 NCAA DII Men’s Tennis Team Championships Sweet 16 appearance
FACILITIES AND THE FUTURE
Part of the University of Virginia athletics department’s mission to provide the best experience for its student-athletes and fans is to build and maintain the highest quality facilities in the country. This purpose is aimed at attracting and developing the best student-athletes annually and providing fans with a top-notch match day experience.
In 2020-21, the Virginia tennis teams moved to a brand new outdoor facility located at the Boar's Head Resort, featuring six courts with seating for 450 spectators, a scoreboard and buildings for restrooms, audio-visual and storage.
The outdoor courts will be adjacent to our indoor courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club, one of the top indoor tennis facilities in the nation, which includes six courts in an indoor tennis stadium with seating for 1,200 spectators. The facility has been the site of past ITA National Individual Indoor Championships and ITA Men's Mideast Regional Championships. The Boar's Head Inn, owned and operated by the UVa Foundation, is a staple of Tennis Magazine's annual 'Top 50 Tennis Resorts' rankings.
THIS IS VIRGINIA ATHLETICS
The Virginia Athletics Department has evolved into one of the most successful in the nation as witnessed by its success on the field in both Atlantic Coast Conference play and NCAA championship competition. Since 2002, UVA has won more ACC team championships – 85 – than any other school in the conference. During their proud athletics history, the Cavaliers have won 37 national championships, including 29 NCAA team titles.
In 2015 and 2019, Virginia won the Capital One Cup as the nation’s top achieving men’s athletics program. The Cavaliers won national titles in men's soccer, men's tennis and baseball in 2015 and took home the championship trophy in basketball and men's lacrosse in 2019.
Numerous Virginia student-athletes have achieved greatness in professional sports, Olympic venues & on national teams in addition to being recognized for the scholastic achievements.
“College athletics is a challenging enterprise. The way that Virginia wants to do it is the way that I am built to do it, and we'll continue to focus on academic achievement. We'll do it with integrity. We'll give maximum effort, and we're going to come together as a team, not just within our different sports teams, but within the athletic department and within the Charlottesville community.
"To prospective students and prospective student-athletes in every sport, throughout the commonwealth of Virginia and across the country, if you are looking for a place to make big dreams a reality, if you are looking for a place to achieve goals that seem unimaginable, if you are looking for a place to defy the odds, I've found that place. Come join us at UVA, Go Hoos. ”
- UVA Athletics Director Carla Williams
The excellence achieved by Virginia’s student-athletes has not been confined to competitive venues. Thanks to strong support systems, UVA student-athletes consistently excel in the classroom and participate in many extracurricular activities.
Director of Sports Nutrition Randy Bird is responsible for the development and coordination of optimal nutritional services at Virginia and for the nutritional development of its student-athletes. Bird consults with the coaches and student-athletes to provide direction and communicate the value of nutrition programs specifically designed to promote their health and performance.
Bird works with the a certified executive chef to develop menus for the training table that meet the needs of all of UVA’s teams and student-athletes. He also conducts cooking demonstrations and grocery shopping exercises to help student-athletes enhance their personal nutrition plans.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
The dedicated strength and conditioning and performance staffs at UVA maximize fitness and assist student-athletes to properly train, fuel and recover in preparation for competition. Each team has a dedicated coach to help utilize the most appropriate training methods each individual student-athlete based on his or her needs, end goals and baseline readiness. It is a holistic, athlete-centered process that focuses on the development and enhancement of physical qualities that underpin the general and specific needs of each athlete for his or her sport.
The mission of the department of sports medicine and Associate Director of Athletics/Head Athletic Trainer Ethan Saliba is to provide the "Gold Standard" of health care for Division I student-athletes. The "Gold Standard" is exemplified by having NCAA, Olympic and National teams look to UVA as the best product for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for the elite athlete. Saliba and his staff manage all daily athletic training room operations, including injury management and rehabilitation and ensuring medical coverage for all student-athletes.
The mission of the University of Virginia Sport Psychology unit is to promote mental well-being, safety, and optimal performance in all aspects of student-athlete life. We respect and sustain our student-athletes’ autonomy, resiliency, and confidentiality. We provide confidential one-to-one meetings for members of all 27 of our Division-I sports. Through enhancing student-athletes' ability to embrace challenges successfully, we help optimize their experience in their roles as students, as athletes, and as community members. We also lead team meetings and consult with coaches and other support staff to enhance performance, communication, and coping skills of our entire Athletics Department. Our model of having two full-time licensed sport psychologists "in-house" in the athletics department is one of only four of its kind in the nation and sets the standard for other Division-I schools.
The University of Virginia
The University of Virginia provides a college experience unlike any other.
As one of the finest academic institutions in the world, UVA's purpose goes beyond education. We create the next generation of leaders. We usher in the breakthroughs of tomorrow. It is our responsibility to be a force for good in the world. Our graduates take these values with them and go on to achieve historic success. With a tenacious spirit, a life-long commitment to integrity, and an endless drive, we pursue a greater tomorrow.
- #1 Best Educational Experience, Darden School of Business - 2018 The Economist
- #2 Best-Value Public University, 2020 U.S. News & World Report
- #1 Hospital in Virginia, 2019-20 U.S. News & World Report
THIS IS CHARLOTTESVILLE
Located in the foothills of Virginia‘s Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is home to more than 43,475 residents with a metropolitan population nearing 200,000. Charlottesville is a small, thriving city, 120 miles from Washington, D.C.
The downtown area is an 18-block, brick-paved pedestrian mall with more than 30 outdoor cafes and restaurants, numerous modern theaters as well as several music venues. From April through October, Charlottesville celebrates Fridays After Five downtown, with free live music at its amphitheater, the Charlottesville Pavilion. Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena hosts a number of attractions including concerts, family shows and community events. Performers like the Rolling Stones, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga and Charlottesville‘s own Dave Matthews Band have all been a part of the town’s music scene.
For years, Charlottesville has been chosen as one of the best places to live in the United States. It has been named: Best college town in the country by Traveler‘s Today; best town for food lovers by Wine Magazine; the country's favorite mountain town by Travel & Leisure; and most recently, the ‘Happiest City’ in America by US National Bureau of Economic Research.