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.
The ACC regular season champions and the nation's No. 2 team in this week's poll, Carolina (24-2, 10-1 ACC) placed a league-high three players on the All-ACC team. Suarez-Malaguti was joined by fellow senior Zoe De Bruycker and sophomore Caroline Price. The honor is the third of her career for De Bruycker, while Price is an all-league selection for the first time.
Suarez-Malaguti, who is ranked No. 7 in the most recent ITA singles poll, 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 first Tar Heel to earn ACC Player of the Year accolades since Cinda Gurney won the honor three consecutive times in 1991, 1992 and 1993.
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 and a 40-4 mark over the last four seasons. Under his guidance, the Tar Heels were the No. 1 team in the ITA poll 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.
De Bruycker is a three-time All-ACC pick who has had another solid year in her final college season. The Saratoga, Calif., product is 14-7 in dual match play and posted a 7-3 record against ACC opponents playing at the top two singles positions.
Price has had a breakout sophomore campaign, notching a team-best 19 wins against just one loss and posting an overall record of 29-6. The Duluth, Ga., standout has played all over the Carolina singles lineup, winning matches on every court from two to five. She has also been a strong doubles performer, teaming with Whitney Kay to post a 7-2 dual match record that includes five conference wins.
The Tar Heels will open the 2013 ACC Championship Friday morning at 9 at the Cary Tennis Park against the winner of the first-round match between NC State and Boston College.
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
**- Two-time All-ACC Selection
***- Three Time All-ACC Selection