NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After closing her shortened Commodore campaign at No. 18 in the nation with 99 career singles wins, Vanderbilt senior Christina Rosca was named the ITA Ohio Valley Senior Player of the Year, it was announced Wednesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
“Christina sets the standard for competitiveness on the court, her leadership and incredible academic achievement,” Vanderbilt head coach Geoff Macdonald said. “She finished with highest honors in neuroscience at Vanderbilt and has led this team since she arrived on campus as a freshman in 2016.
“I am thrilled that she received this award as she thoroughly deserves it.”
In her shortened senior season, Rosca notched a 19-9 overall career singles record and was 8-2 in dual matches.
In the fall, Rosca advanced to the Round of 32 in the Oracle ITA Fall Nationals and the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Championships.
“I am grateful to be selected for this award. It is a testament to the direction that the whole team was heading this year,” Rosca said. “I couldn’t have played the way I did this season without them or my coaches.”
Leading the team in conference play, Rosca earned a perfect 4-0 record and maintained a five-match win streak after clinching the upset over No. 2 Ohio State with a win over No. 11 Shiori Fukuda to mark her ninth win over a ranked opponent. Rosca finished the season leading the conference as the highest ranked singles player in the SEC at No. 18 and reached her highest ranking at No. 8.
Rosca, who will be returning next year for her extra year of eligibility, has had a remarkable Commodore career in the past four years. An All-American, Rosca has climbed in the national rankings and continues to become one of the best tennis players to come through Vanderbilt.