Perez-Somarriba Named an ITA All-American
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – For the third consecutive season, Estela Perez-Somarriba of the University of Miami women’s tennis team earned ITA All-America distinction in singles, as announced Thursday evening.
The junior is the 10th player in Miami’s illustrious history to garner at least three ITA All-America honors, including the fifth to achieve the feat three times in singles. She joins Bianca Eichkorn (2009-11), Lise Gregory (1985-87), Ronni Reis (1985-88) and Miami associate head Laura Vallverdu (2007-10) on the latter list.
Perez-Somarriba won the second NCAA Singles Championship title in program history and capped the season ranked second in the country. She claimed ACC Player of the Year accolades for the second straight campaign and led the nation in singles victories with 43.
Her overall ledger of 43-5 placed her second on Miami’s single-season leaderboard and featured both a 28-4 record against ranked players and a 24-1 mark at the No. 1 position.
Perez-Somarriba is one of 47 ITA All-Americans this season and one of 30 who made the cut in singles. To earn the plaudit in singles, you must be seeded in the NCAA Singles Championship, reach the Sweet 16 of the tournament or finish in the top 20. The Madrid native reached all three marks in her stellar campaign.
Overall, this is the 66th ITA All-America recognition for a Hurricane, including the 34th in singles. During head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews’ 18 years at the helm, Miami has logged 32 total honors, with 20 coming in singles.
This is the 15th time in the last 16 years at least one Hurricane has achieved ITA All-American status.