Perez-Somarriba Selected as ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Five members of the University of Miami women’s tennis team earned All-ACC Academic Team distinction, as announced Friday afternoon by the conference office.
Headlining the group is Estela Perez-Somarriba, who received ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognition. She is joined on the list by Daevenia Achong, Ana Madcur, Lucia Marzal and Daniella Roldan, as Miami had the second-most honorees of any school.
“Estela is as successful off the court as she is on,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “She truly embodies what it means to be a committed student-athlete at the highest level.”
Perez-Somarriba is the fourth Miami player to earn the league’s top scholar-athlete plaudit, joining Stephanie Wagner (2015), Bianca Eichkorn (2010, 2011) and current associate head coach Laura Vallverdu (2009).
A Hurricane has claimed the award in five of the 12 years it has been presented, three more than any other program. Perez-Somarriba is the fourth player to win ACC Player of the Year and ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the same season, joining North Carolina’s Hayley Carter (2016, 2017), Eichkorn (2011) and Georgia Tech’s Kristi Miller (2008).
The 2019 NCAA Singles Championship title winner, Perez-Somarriba went 43-5 in singles play as a junior to lead the nation in victories. The Madrid native finished the year ranked second in the country and won the Honda Sport Award for Tennis.
Perez-Somarriba has earned Dean’s List (minimum 3.75 GPA) in all six of her collegiate semesters and made the President’s Honor Roll (4.0) three times, including this spring. She sports a 3.945 GPA as an economics major and is the eighth Hurricane with at least three All-ACC Academic Team nods.
Achong garnered Second Team All-ACC accolades after a standout freshman campaign during which she won ACC Player of the Week twice and ACC Freshman of the Week four times. She ended the season ranked No. 123 in singles and No. 25 in doubles, the latter alongside Roldan.
Hailing from Geleen, Netherlands, Achong posted a 3.675 GPA this spring, her first semester at Miami. She earned Dean’s List (min. 3.5) distinction for her academic success as an accounting major.
Madcur, a senior from San Juan, Argentina, is the 14th multiple-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree in program history. She went 23-10 in singles in 2018-19 and ended her career at 83-49, good for top-20 on Miami’s career wins list.
A finance major with a 3.707 career GPA, Madcur has made the cut for the Provost’s Honor Roll in each of her full collegiate semesters. She also has one President’s Honor Roll accolade to her name.
Marzal notched one ACC Freshman of the Week recognition during her opening collegiate campaign and recorded a 26-12 singles ledger. The Valencia, Spain, native won three of her four singles matches against ranked foes.
A management major, Marzal registered a 3.456 GPA during the first year of her college career. She made the AD’s Honor Roll (min. 3.2) in both semesters and the Dean’s List in one.
Roldan, a senior, played atop Miami’s lineup in doubles nearly all season and concluded the year No. 25 nationally with Achong, as aforementioned. The pair competed in the NCAA Doubles Championship, becoming the first Hurricane duo to do so since 2015.
The Boca Raton, Fla., native has a 3.857 GPA as a political science major and earned a 3.94 mark this spring. She has garnered Provost’s Honor Roll accolades in all four of her semesters at Miami and made the President’s Honor Roll with a perfect 4.0 GPA in half of them.
Miami has posted 47 total All-ACC Academic Team accolades over the past 14 years, with multiple players on the list in each of the past 13. Twenty-one different Hurricanes have now made the cut.