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University of Pittsburgh women's tennis head coach Alex Santos has named former University of Virginia standout Emily Fraser the assistant coach for the 2013-14 campaign.
"It is with tremendous excitement that we welcome Emily to the Pitt tennis program," Santos said. "Emily was a top priority because of her character, knowledge of the game and experience at the highest level both as a player and a coach. We share the same vision that Pitt tennis can be a very special program and I have no doubt that together we will help Pitt reach historical marks."
One of the ACC's top players from 2008-12, Fraser etched her name all over the UVA record book. Regarded as one of the top programs in the nation, Fraser left Virginia ranking 4th all-time in career singles wins (102), 3rd all-time in career doubles wins (119) and 3rd all-time in combined victories (221). She also holds the all-time mark for most doubles victories in a single-season as she and her teammate Hana Tomljanovic compiled 37 wins in 2011.
Fraser's senior campaign was her most prolific. During her final season, the Rye, N.Y. native reached ITA national rankings of No. 15 in singles and No. 8 in doubles. She guided the Cavaliers to a final team ranking of No. 15, and for her efforts she was named the ITA Atlantic Region Senior Player of the Year and earned the Atlantic Region Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award. She also garnered the IMP Award for UVA's Top Female Athlete of the Year.
Upon graduation, Fraser was a volunteer assistant coach for her Alma Mater from January-May of 2013. During that time, Fraser worked with the ITA National Freshman of the Year and All-American Julia Elbaba. Elbaba finished the season ranked No. 15 in the nation. Fraser also served as a tennis teaching professional at the Boars Head Sports Club in 2013 where she coached, trained and conditioned elite junior tennis players.
"Emily has experience in competing and coaching at a highly successful program," Executive Associate Athletic Director Donna Sanft said. "She is well aware of the process of building a competitive program and she will help lay that foundation for Pitt in the Atlantic Coast Conference."
Her success was not limited to just the playing court as Fraser was also a three year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll (2010-12) and was on the All-ACC Academic Team twice (2011-12). She graduated in May of 2012 with a concentrated degree in kinesiology: sports medicine.
Prior to her collegiate career, Fraser spent one year (2007-08) competing on the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pro Circuit and on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Circuit where she achieved WTA world professional ranking in both singles and doubles.
"At the time Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau was building UVA into a nationally prominent program, Emily relished the challenge of setting that foundation," Executive Associate Athletic Director Donna Sanft said.
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