UVA senior Danielle Collins wins second NCAA championship

danielle collins uva tennis 2016Virginia women’s tennis senior Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) claimed her second NCAA title on Monday (May 30), defeating top-seeded Hayley Carter of North Carolina 6-3, 6-2 at the Case Tennis Center.

Collins (38-4), the No. 2 seed in the tournament, picked up her second NCAA title in three years with the straight-set victory. Collins also claimed the 2014 NCAA Women’s Singles Championship as a sophomore.

“I think mentally it was a lot tougher to win this one but I did it and I don’t really know how at this point (if it feels sweeter) as it’s kind of a blur,” Collins said. “It’s pretty sweet to go out winning a national championship again to end my career. I’m just very fortunate.”

The run to the title saw Collins defeat No. 61 Anna Shkudun of Syracuse, No. 57 Jessie Aney of North Carolina, No. 33 Arianne Hartono of Ole Miss, No. 13 Jasmine Lee of Mississippi State and No. 6 Luisa Stefani of Pepperdine before downing the top-ranked Carter in the finals.

“We are so happy for Danielle,” said Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau. “What an amazing effort and performance from both Danielle and Hayley…and not just today, but all season long. These two are impressive and have pushed each other to new heights. We are so excited for the future Danielle has as a player. Many great things are ahead for her.”

Collins is only the seventh woman to win two NCAA singles titles in a career and the first from the Atlantic Coast Conference to accomplish the feat. Six other women, five of them from Stanford, have all won two NCAA singles titles in their career. Collins joins an elite group that includes: Patty Fendick (Stanford – 1986, 1987), Sandra Birch (Stanford – 1989, 1991), Lisa Raymond (Florida – 1992, 1993), Laura Granville (Stanford – 2000, 01), Amber Liu (Stanford – 2003, 2004) and Nicole Gibbs (Stanford – 2012, 2013).

It was the fourth time Collins and Carter battled this season. Carter claimed the first meeting in Charlottesville during the regular-season matchup, while the two prior postseason matchups went unfinished. The pair met in the ACC Tournament semifinals and the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 team matches.

“Hayley (Carter) is such a tough competitor and she gets every ball back and never gives up,” Collins said. “So a lot of the matches that we’ve played in the past have been really close, she’s beaten me a couple times and I’ve beaten her a couple times so I knew it was going to be a really tough match and I was going to have to play my absolute best to beat her. She wasn’t going to give me any free points so going out there I had to focus and concentrate so hard every point, especially with how many balls she was getting back. I just really had to tap into my focus a lot differently than maybe I would’ve had to in other matches just because of how tough she really is.”

The first set was a back-and-forth of momentum swings as Collins grabbed the first three games only to see Carter fight back and win three consecutive games to tie the set. Collins then closed things out, grabbing the three final games to take the first set 6-3.

Collins got the first break of the second set and then used another on the way to a 5-1 lead on Carter. The top-seeded player wouldn’t go quietly, however, holding serve to cut the lead to 5-2 and threatening to break Collins in the eighth game of the set.

The Cavalier senior battled back to deuce in the game before holding serve to grab the win with a 6-2 victory in the second set, securing the title.

“There are so many people to thank,” Guilbeau said. “The staff at Tulsa was so kind and helpful. They ran a great event. Thank you to the NCAA and ITA staffs, and to all the officials. Also, a huge thank you to UVA Athletics, our fans and friends, and all of our women’s tennis staff and support group. And as much as any, thanks to coach Troy Porco for all of his incredible work and care all along. This is a great way to end this season. We have all gained so much and learned a ton during the process of this season.”

augusta free press
augusta free press news

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.

AFP Business

As professional consultants, Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including website design, SEO, TV/radio, video work, branding and logos, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation. Augusta Free Press LLC was founded in 2002.

Web Design

Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design, content development and SEO. Short on staff? We’ll work with you to update your AFP-designed website in a timely manner or train your staff to make changes.

Marketing/Social Media Management

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Graphic Design

Augusta Free Press will help you take your vision to the next level. From branding and logos to print materials, our team will work with you to develop products to showcase your business. From brochures and rack cards to full-color magazines or print/digital ads, we’ve got you covered.

Event Planning/Fundraising

Augusta Free Press will help you plan the best event for your organization. From an open house or anniversary to a 5K or Pay Per View, we can handle it all. Looking for training for your sales staff? We can help energize your employees or board. Need ideas to raise more money? Let us help you plan a successful event. Want to hold a news conference or need help with a press release? We can do that too.

Click here for more.