For the first time in school history, the Virginia women's tennis team is celebrating an ACC Championship. The Cavaliers wrapped up the conference tournament with a 4-2 win over Duke on Sunday in Cary, N.C.
Sophomore Stephanie Nauta scored a three-set win over Duke's Hanna Mar to clinch the title.
"It was the best feeling," Nauta said Monday. "It's so hard to explain but when I looked at my teammates and they were all rushing over to me, I mean these are the moments you live for. That was the most amazing experience I've ever had."
"To see them kind of rush to each other, it was unanimous," head coach Mark Guilbeau said of his team. "Sometimes you have stragglers, you have this and that, but they were all on the same page, and they were feeling a lot of energy and a lot of excitement."
With the win, the Cavaliers improved to 21-5 on the season, a program-best for wins in a season.
"It's never been done and it's something that we've been working, really, the whole year since we've gone to school for," said sophomore Danielle Collins, who won ACC Tournament MVP honors. "Everyday at practice, that's one of our main goals is to win an ACC championship. Just to be able to get it done and do it as a team is so incredible."
"We're all extremely excited," said sophomore Julia Elbaba. "We brought so much energy into the match and training beforehand. We really wanted it and were hungry to get it done, and we did."