Castellvi is Player of Year

No. 1-ranked Vilmarie Castellvi of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer tennis team added another honor to her list of achievements this season when she was recognized as the Intercollegiate Tennis Associationâs (ITA) National Senior Player of the Year on Sunday at the University of Florida's Reitz Union.

Castellvi, a senior, became the first player in UT history to receive the prestigious award. Castellvi earned the same kudos for the Southeast Region, as well, a feat equaled only by former Lady Vol standout Wendy Anderson in 1992.

''Itâs a very well deserved award for someone who's worked so hard during her career,'' said UT Co-Head Coach Mike Patrick. ''I'm really proud of what she's accomplished, and I look forward to watching Vilmarie during her future career.''

Castellvi will embark on a journey for two more pieces of hardware for her mantle when she faces No. 75 Jessica Rush of Northwestern Monday in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships at Ring Tennis Complex. The Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, native enters the tourney at the No. 1 seed. Should Castellvi survive her opening match, she will be forced to pull double duty on May 20 when the doubles championship kicks off. Castellvi and rookie Melissa Schaub, seeded fourth and ranked fifth nationally, are scheduled to face the No. 25-rated tandem of Michelle Webb and Jennifer McGaffigan of Illinois. A time for the match has not been set.

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