Virginia Tech saw strong individual performances from members of its talented group in the 2023 season, headlined by an outstanding freshman campaign from Özlem Uslu. Head coach Terry Ann Zawacki-Holdren has strengthened her squad, bringing in elite players from the European and American ranks.
Uslu racked up key wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the lineup en route to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, including against former NCAA singles semifinalist Cameron Morra of Duke, No. 7 Carol Lee of Georgia Tech, and former top 10-ranked Natasha Subhash of Virginia.
Junior Katie Andreini excelled on and off the court, earning numerous key victories in ACC play and being named Virginia Tech’s female Skelton Award winner. This elite prize is the athletic department’s top award for academic achievement and excellence in both competition and the community.
Coach Zawacki-Holdren has identified the following key needs to elevate the program to the next level in college tennis:
- International recruiting: traveling overseas to attract top talent to Blacksburg is vital in sustaining competitive excellence for years to come.
- Enhanced coaching resources: the opportunity to fund VISA support for an additional coaching staff member will expand opportunities to invest in our players.
- Facility upgrades: new locker rooms, offices, sports medicine area, and a student-athlete lounge will improve our ability to serve our current student-athletes and increase the opportunity to recruit top talent.
"The impact our donors make is tremendous. From scholarships to facilities, their generosity goes a long way in making a positive impact on the lives of our student-athletes. Because of our donors, our department is able to help student-athletes receive a first class education while earning their diplomas and competing in arguably the top tennis conference in the country. Because of our donors, our student-athletes are able to utilize resources such as PlaySight on our home courts, amazing nutrition education and services, top notch academic facilities, updated strength and conditioning resources, just to name a few which helps them to succeed both during their time on campus and after they graduate. Our donors play a huge role in the success of our student-athletes and we are very grateful for all they do!"
- Terry Ann Zawacki-Holdren, Head Women's Tennis Coach