Miami's Vallverdu leads ACC All-Academic Women's Tennis Team
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Miami junior Laura Vallverdu has been named the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year and leads the ACC All-Academic Team, as announced today by Commissioner John D. Swofford.
Vallverdu, a junior from Valencia, Venuzuela, is a three-time member of the All-ACC Academic Women’s Tennis Team, a member of the President’s Honor Roll at Miami, a two-time member of the Provost’s Honor Roll and a three-time member of the Dean’s List. Vallverdu is also a five-time member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and five-time University of Miami Book Buster.
On the court, Vallverdu is a three-time ITA All-American and a three-time All-ACC performer who posted a second-place finish in the 2009 NCAA Singles Championship. She ranks sixth on the school’s all-time win list with 96 and is the first player in Miami history to record 30 or more wins in each of her first three seasons.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
Ten student-athletes named to the All-ACC Academic team were also voted All-ACC in April, and seven earned ITA All-America honors.
ACC Freshman of the Year Mallory Cecil of Duke – who won the NCAA singles title, captured the Honda Award for Women’s Tennis and the ITA National Player of the Year Award – led a group of ACC All-Americans also earning All-ACC Academic honors. Others included Clemson’s Ina Hadziselimovic, Duke’s Reka Zsilinszka, Miami’s Vallverdu, Julia Cohen and Bianca Eichkorn, and North Carolina’s Sophie Granbinski.
All-ACC honorees also named to the All-ACC Academic Team included Duke’s Cecil and Zsilinszka, Florida State’s Katie Rybakova and Noemie Scharle, Georgia Tech’s Amanda McDowell, Miami’s Vallverdu, Cohen, Eichkorn and Michaela Kissell, North Carolina’s Katrina Tsang, and Wake Forest’s Sasha Kulikova.
2009 All-ACC Women’s Tennis Academic Team
Name, School Year Major
**Estefania Balda , Clemson Sr. Management
Ina Hadziselimovic, Clemson Jr. Parks, Rec & Tourism Management
Mallory Cecil, Duke Fr. Undeclared
Amanda Granson, Duke Jr. History
*Melissa Mang, Duke Sr. Psychology
Jessica Robinson, Duke Sr. History
*Reka Zsilinszka, Duke So. History
*Katie Rybakova, Florida State So. English Education
*Ania Rynarzewska, Florida State Sr. Communications
Noemie Scharle, Florida State Fr. Hospitality Management
**Amanda McDowell, Georgia Tech Jr. Economics and International Affairs
*Maggie MacKeever, Maryland Jr.. Kinesiology
Julia Cohen, Miami So. Undeclared
*Bianca Eichkorn, Miami Jr.. International Finance
Michaela Kissell, Miami Jr. Sports Administration
#**Laura Vallverdu, Miami Jr. Psychology
Sophie Grabinski, North Carolina Sr. Communication Studies
*Katrina Tsang, North Carolina Jr. Political Science/Philosophy
*Neils Barringer, NC State Sr. Mathematics Education
*Amanda Rales, Virginia Sr. Foreign Affairs
Martha Blakely, Virginia Tech Fr. Chemistry
***Inga Beermann, Virginia Tech Sr. Architecture
Sasha Kulikova, Wake Forest Jr. Mathematical Economics
**Christian Tara, Wake Forest Sr. Mathematics
#ACC Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year
*Repeat All-ACC Academic Team Selection
**Three-time All-ACC Academic Team Selection
***Four-time All-ACC Academic Team Selection