In just the last five years, women's tennis has had back to back NCAA team appearances, advancing to the second round for the first time in program history. The team reached a national ranking program-high of 29th, had two student-athletes qualify for the individual NCAA tournament in singles, and reached the quarterfinal round of the ACC tournament (winning two rounds for the first time in school history).
Natalie Novtona, currently a rising senior, became the first individual to win the ITA Atlantic Regional singles championship to become ranked No. 1 in the region. Most importantly, the team has held an overall 3.4 GPA for multiple semesters reaching a 3.7 last semester and is top 10% in the country for graduation rates (APR). In addition, the team also has a 100% graduation rate.
We have also been very active in the community receiving a top six for service in the ACC. Our student athletes have participated in Habitat for Humanity, visited children’s hospitals, tutored at elementary schools, etc.
YOUR support on Drive for 25 Day will go to the following areas of need:
Facility Upgrades – new locker rooms, offices, sports medicine area, student athlete lounge, etc. These improvements will not only benefit current student-athletes, but will also make it easier to recruit top-talent.
Recruiting internationally - Currently college tennis is a very international sport with 50% of our top 100 ranked players being international. Being able to travel to international tournaments will help our recruiting efforts (tournaments such as Junior French Open, Junior Wimbledon amongst others) and would help bring top tier student-athletes to Virginia Tech.
Team Trips – Pre-season or spring break training trips would give our team the chance to bond with limited distractions and would give us the opportunity to play against different competition.
"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-Woods, Head Women's Tennis Coach