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June 2018

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cavalier sports JUNE 2018 11 Rosie Johanson made an aus- picious debut last season when she was named the Intercolle- giate Tennis Association Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year and earned second-team All-ACC honors. Those accolades were understandable considering she posted a team-leading 28-10 sin- gles record. Johanson, who was ranked as high as No. 32 in the country by the ITA, completed her second year with a 22-12 singles record and teamed with Meghan Kelley for a 27-10 doubles record. As a result of her success, she received first-team All-ACC recognition. My advice to student-ath- letes: My goal coming in was to make a plan for myself. I plan out the week, including what work I want to get done, in terms of managing my time. The primary challenge facing student-athletes today is: I would say time management. Especially for me, coming to a school like UVA where the academics are high level as are the athletics. Sometimes that can be really stressful. The best thing about UVA is: Definitely the people. I think everyone here is extremely welcoming and helpful. Charlottesville, the town, is unique and I feel the whole town supports UVA and UVA athletics. Why I chose UVA: I really love my teammates. That was a really big decider for me to come here. I love Charlottesville as a town and I could see myself living here. What I like the most about tennis: I guess growing up it was an individual sport. I was the only one on the court and coaches couldn't help you in a match. I learned to love tennis because I compete with others on my team and we train together. The highlight of my athletic ca- reer: I think so far in college my best memory was when we beat Miami this season. Pretty much all season we've been underdogs and that day when we beat Miami it kind of clicked that we could beat the top teams. The most important thing I've learned from tennis: I think it's made me mature a lot faster. I moved away from home (Abbotsford, Brit- ish Columbia) when I was 14 to train. Doing that made me develop and ma- ture a lot more than other kids. My dream vacation would be: Bermuda. My post-college ambition is: Ul- timately I would love to play profes- sional tennis. Another plan is I would like to become a physiotherapist. — Mike Scandura Johanson posted a 22-12 singles record and teamed with Meghan Kelley for a 27-10 doubles mark en route to first-team All-ACC honors this year. PHOTO BY MATT RILEY/COURTESY UVA getting to know Second-Year Tennis Player Rosie Johanson What/Who Is Your Favorite … TV show? "Friends" … movie? I like all the Harry Potter movies … actor and actress? Ryan Reynolds and Jennifer Aniston … musician/band? Hedley … pro sports team? Vancouver Ca- nucks … food? I love my dad's homemade burgers … UVA class? Introduction to Drama — I took it for the fun of it … sport (other than tennis)? To watch I would say ice hockey, but to play I would say soccer … person in history? Wayne Gretzky … pre-game ritual? I always grip my racquet before my match MICAH KISER • FOOTBALL After a year without a single NFL Draft pick, Virginia had multiple players selected for the first time since 2015, when Kiser and defensive lineman Andrew Brown came off the board in the fifth round. Kiser was tabbed with the 10th pick of the stanza and 147th overall by the Los Angeles Rams, while Brown was cho- sen by the Cincinnati Bengals 11 slots later. Kiser also won the WINA Award as the school's top male athlete at the Hoos Choice Awards May 2. Earlier this year, he won the Campbell Trophy (known as the academic Heisman) and was the team's first CoSIDA Academic All-American in nearly 20 years. HILMAR JONSSON • TRACK AND FIELD The third-year from Reykjavik, Iceland, made it a perfect 3 for 3 and earned his third straight ACC hammer throw title with a toss of 71.60 meters at the conference championships May 10. He is just the third to ever do so in the event, and he did it with what ranked as the country's 10th-longest toss at the time. At the NCAA East Preliminary Round May 24-26, Jonsson finished fifth in the hammer throw (71.40) and qualified for the national meet for the second consecutive year. He finished fourth in the nation to earn All-America honors a year ago. BETH LILLIE • GOLF The first-year carded an even-par 216 to claim a team-best fifth-place finish at the ACC Championships April 21-23. It marked the second-best effort of any rookie in the con- ference and earned her All-ACC honors. Two weeks later at the NCAA Regional in Madison, Wis., she matched her career-best round with a 5-under 67 — the best single- round score ever by a Cavalier at a regional. The team placed second, thanks to Lillie fin- ishing in a tie for seventh place with a 3-un- der 213. Her third top-10 finish of the year helped push the squad to its 10th NCAA bid in the program's 15-year history. HOO'S HOT Recognizing the "Who's Hoo" in UVA athletics — Cavalier student-athletes, past, present and future who are making news around the world of sports.

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