Cavalier Corner

June 2014

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BY WHITELAW REID D ANIELLE COLLINS WAS t h e No. 2-ranked prospect in the country for two years running be- fore she arrived at the University of Florida. But as a first-year in Gainesville, Fla., she played low in the Gators' lineup, if at all. When she made the decision to transfer to Virginia at the end of the season, she did so with a chip on her shoulder. Collins felt she had something to prove. Boy, did she ever do that. In May, Collins became the first-ever Virginia women's tennis player to win an NCAA cham- pionship. Collins' run to the title in Athens, Ga., shocked everyone in the college tennis world, with the possible exception of Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau and assistant Troy Porco. While the St. Petersburg, Fla., native had en- joyed a very strong season — Collins was MVP of the ACC Tournament — she had played No. 2 singles for Virginia behind fellow second-year Julia Elbaba and wasn't seeded in the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Collins was playing with a nagging wrist injury that would require offseason surgery. SOMETHING TO PROVE In Her First Season At UVa, Danielle Collins Was Crowned A Champion Despite being unseeded and hampered by a wrist injury, Collins became the first-ever Vir- ginia women's tennis player to win an NCAA championship. PHOTO COURTESY UVA i15-17.Danielle Collins.indd 1 6/3/14 2:17 PM

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