As a Sophomore (2019-20): ITA Scholar-Athlete
Spring season cut short due to COVID-19 pandemic … Finished 20-11 in singles and 11-10 in doubles … Peaked at No. 72 in the ITA singles rankings and placed No. 110 when the season stopped … Ranked in doubles with two different partners, ascending as high as No. 33 with Estela Perez-Somarriba and up to No. 53 alongside Selma Cadar, with whom she held the No. 74 spot when play halted … Went 5-4 in singles against ranked players and 2-3 in doubles versus ranked duos … Tied for the team lead in overall doubles wins and ranked doubles wins, while placing second in combined singles/doubles victories (31), singles triumphs and ranked singles wins … Also finished third in singles winning percentage (.645) and combined singles/doubles winning percentage (.596) … Compiled a 7-4 singles record in the spring, including a 4-4 mark in dual matches, all at the No. 2 spot … Notched a 3-2 mark in ACC action and a 2-2 ledger versus ranked foes … Tallied a 3-0 record at the Miami Spring Invite, capping the weekend with her first top-25 and top-60 victory, a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) result against No. 22 Georgia Drummy of No. 10 Vanderbilt … Beat No. 49 Victoria Flores, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, in the triumph at No. 17 Georgia Tech … Against Nika Kozar of No. 35 Virginia Tech, logged her first unblemished 6-0, 6-0 win … Rolled past Louisville’s Rhea Verma, 6-0, 6-1 … Posted a 5-6 record in spring doubles action, including a 4-5 mark in dual matches, primarily at the top spot … Went 2-3 in ACC competition and 0-5 versus ranked opponents … Finished 2-1 in the Miami Spring Invite, including downing Northwestern Christina Hand/Clarissa Hand, 6-0, alongside Perez-Somarriba and beating No. 12 Georgia Dummy/Christina Rosca of No. 10 Vanderilt, 6-2, with Cadar … At the top spot, earned a 6-2 decision against UC Santa Barbara’s Amit Levi-Ari/Elizaveta Volodko, with Perez-Somarriba, in ITA Kick-Off Wekened play … Back with Cadar, down top-ranked North Carolina’s Cameron Morra/Elizabeth Scotty, 6-2 … Playing at No. 1, beat Natalia Boltinskaya/Louie McLelland of Florida Atlantic, 6-3 … Concluded her fall singles campaign at 13-7 … Went 5-1 at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, defeating No. 102 Danielle Willson of USC, 6-2, 6-2, to reach the title match … Posted a 2-3 mark at the USTA Fall Ranked Spotlight, beating Oklahoma State’s Alana Wolfberg, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), and Tennessee’s Tenika McGiffin, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) … Tallied a 2-1 mark in the ITA Women’s All-American Championships qualifying draw, topping No. 65 Sara Nayar of Colorado, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, and No. 72 Natalie Novotna of Virginia Tech, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 … Split her two matches at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships … Logged a 3-1 record at the Texas Invitational, defeating Dorthea Faa-Hviding of Texas A&M, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, to reach the final … Recorded a 6-4 mark in fall doubles action, alongside two partners, and beat her lone ranked opponent … Paired with Perez-Somarriba for a 6-1 triumph against No. 49 Kolie Allen/Shiori Fukuda of Ohio State in her lone doubles match at the USTA Fall Ranked Spotlight … Split her two matches in the ITA Women’s All-American Championships qualifying draw, earning an 8-2 result against Aliksandra Lebedeva/Reagan Miley of Oral Roberts … Alongside Cadar, went 2-1 at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships to make the quarterfinals … Posted a 2-1 ledger at the Texas Invitational, including downing Texas’ Fernanda Labraña/Marta Perez Mur, 7-6 (7-5).
As a Freshman (2018-19): Second Team All-ACC … All-ACC Academic Team … Two-time ACC Player of the Week (1/22, 4/2) … Four-time ACC Freshman of the Week (1/22, 1/29, 4/2, 4/16) … ITA Scholar-Athlete
Enrolled at Miami for the spring semester … Recorded marks of 18-9 in singles and 16-10 in doubles … Concluded the season ranked No. 123 in singles … Finished No. 16 in the ITA Southeast Region rankings … Capped the year at No. 25 in the doubles rankings, alongside Daniella Roldan, after peaking at No. 13 Earned the fourth spot in the final ITA regional rankings … Played in the NCAA Doubles Championship with Roldan, becoming the first Miami pair to do so since 2015 … Sixth Miami freshman to earn All-ACC honors … Totaled a 3-7 record against ranked singles players and a 5-8 mark versus ranked doubles foes … Co-led the Hurricanes in ranked doubles wins, while tying for second in spring singles triumphs (18), dual match singles victories (17), ACC singles decisions (nine) and ranked singles wins (three) … Placed third on the team in nearly every doubles win category, as well as in spring singles winning percentage (.667) and combined singles/doubles winning percentage (.642) … Notched a 17-7 record in dual match singles competition, including a 9-5 tally in ACC play … Went 12-6 at the No. 2 spot and 5-1 at No. 3 … In her first collegiate singles match, topped Inci Ogut of No. 19 Northwestern, 6-3, 6-3, in the Miami Spring Invite … Opened her dual match slate with her first ranked triumph, a 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6) defeat of No. 88 Natalia Boltinskaya at Florida Atlantic, beginning a five-match winning streak … In ITA Kick-Off Weekend play, defeated No. 23 Tulsa’s Shura Poppe, 6-1, 6-2, and No. 20 Northwestern’s Lee Or, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 … Won at Pittsburgh against Gabriela Rezende, 6-2, 6-3, for her first conference decision … Beat No. 31 Georgia Tech’s Nami Otsuka, 6-0, 7-5 … Recorded a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win over No. 125 Marie-Alexandre Leduc of Clemson … Topped Anna Ulyashchenko, 6-2, 6-1, to help Miami defeat No. 14 Wake Forest … Picked up a 6-2, 6-4 result against Sofya Golubovskaya at No. 30 Syracuse … Earned a 6-4, 6-2 win over Vivian Glozman of No. 19 Virginia … Aided the Hurricanes to a win over ninth-ranked NC State in the ACC Championship quarterfinals by knocking off No. 68 Alana Smith, 6-3, 6-2 … Won both of her matches in NCAA Team Championship action, first downing Hikaru Sato of No. 33 Washington State, 6-3, 6-3, and then Lisa Marie Rioux of No. 15 Oklahoma State, 6-3, 6-1 … Competed with two doubles partners and went 14-9 in dual match doubles play, including 9-4 in ACC play … Finished 10-9 at the top spot and 4-0 in the No. 2 position … Started 5-0 and finished 7-1 alongside Estela Perez-Somarriba, beginning with a 6-2 win versus Kentucky’s Tiphanie Fiquet/Akvile Parazinskaite in the Miami Spring Invite … Recorded a 6-2 victory at Florida Atlantic against Natalia Boltinskaya/May Kimhi in her first dual match … Playing atop the lineup for the first time, logged a 6-1 result against Maria Adiaconitei/Mariko Iinuma, 6-1 … In ITA Kick-Off Weekend play, defeated Martha Matoula/Shura Poppe of No. 23 Tulsa, 6-2 … Teamed with Roldan for a 6-4 win over Ana Oparenovic/Emmanuelle Salas at No. 20 Florida State … Defeated No. 18 Ellyse Hamlin/Kaitlyn McCarthy of third-ranked Duke, 7-5 … Topped No. 57 Cameron Corse/Zoe Spence of No. 42 Notre Dame, 6-2 … Recorded the first top-10 doubles win by a Miami pair since 2016 by defeating fourth-ranked Marie Alexandre-Leduc/Fernanda Navarro of Clemson, 6-3 … Earned a 6-2 triumph against No. 38 Chandler Carter/Emma Davis in Miami’s win against No. 14 Wake Forest … Edged No. 68 Chloe Gullickson/Amber O’Dell of No. 19 Virginia, 6-4.
Prior to College: Peaked at No. 224 in the ITF Juniors rankings in January 2017 … Tallied a 33-17 singles record … Made the semifinals of five Grade 5 tournaments in 2016, across Finland, Kenya and Sri Lanka … Advanced to three finales, winning two titles … Won a Grade 4 singles championship in Kenya in 2016 … Logged a 31-15 mark in doubles action … Competed in tournaments in Finland, Kenya, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and Sri Lanka in doubles from 2015-17 … Tallied five Grade 5 semifinal berths … Reached three Grade 4 title matches and won one trophy … Secured multiple national tournament championships in the Netherlands, in both singles and doubles.
Personal: Full name is Daevenia Aeon Nyerere Achong … Name is pronounced Duh-VIN-Yuh Uh-CHONG … Born May 3, 2000 … Parents are Jerry and Irma Achong … Father is a logistics manager and mother is a geriatric assistant … Has an older brother, Gemayal … Intends to double major in accounting and finance … Enjoys playing soccer … Favorite athlete is Rafael Nadal because of his style of play and mentality … Best sports memory is earning a second-place finish at the 2014 U-14 national singles championship … Chose Miami because of the atmosphere, team, coaching staff, mentality and environment … Committed to Miami over Arkansas, Baylor, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ohio State and Ole Miss.
*RNK = record vs. ranked opponents