Carolina Dominates ITA Regional Awards
Release: 05/16/2017
TEMPE, Arizona - The North Carolina women's tennis program earned four regional awards given out by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Monday.

Courtney Nagle was selected the Carolina Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Now in her third season with the Tar Heels, Nagle garners the award for the first time. Her mentoring, both on-and-off the court, has helped Carolina set a program record with 32 dual match victories in 2017.

Hayley Carter is the region's Senior Player of the Year. The 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year has become the most decorated player in the history of the Tar Heel program. By virtue of earning a national seed in both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships that will be held later this month, Carter will finish her career as a seven-time ITA All-American (singles four times and doubles on three occasions).

The Hilton Head, South Carolina, native is 36-3 in singles as a senior, including a perfect 26-0 mark playing exclusively at No. 1 in dual matches.

Sara Daavettila adds to her hardware collection with the ITA Rookie of the Year award in the Carolina Region. The Williamston, Michigan, native previously garnered ACC Freshman of the Year honors last month during her successful rookie season. Daavettila's 39-9 singles record represents the third most wins by a freshman in school history.

Sophomore Jessie Aney has been selected the region's ITA Player to Watch, given to a player expected to be one of the top returning regional players next year that might possibly win the ITA Regional Championship.

From Rochester, Minnesota, Aney has been rock solid in her second season, earning All-American honors in doubles with Carter. She was named first team All-ACC by notching a perfect 13-0 singles record against the league, and heads into this weekend's NCAA Round of 16 match with a 36-6 overall singles record.

North Carolina (32-2), the second seed in the NCAA Team Championship, will take on 15th seed Duke this Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia. First serve is scheduled for 9 a.m. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals on Sunday.

Carolina Region Award winners
Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year: Kevin Epley - University of South Carolina
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year: Courtney Nagle - University of North Carolina
ITA Most Improved Player (Senior): Chalena Scholl - Duke University
ITA Senior Player of the Year: Hayley Carter - North Carolina
ITA Rookie of the Year: Sara Daavettila - North Carolina
ITA Player to Watch: Jessie Aney - North Carolina
ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award: Erica Braschi - Elon University
ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship: Olivia Lucas - Elon
ITA Community Service Award: East Carolina University


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