Senior Spotlight: Elena Ricci – Virginia Tech Athletics
For Ricci and her teammates, it was a tough offseason with not much to do besides schoolwork, going on hikes, or playing tennis. But with the hopes of a 2021 season spring season on the other side of the new year, Ricci has confidence that this team has what it takes to really make a run.
Tech has benefitted from the NCAA’s decision to grant an additional year of eligibility to student-athletes whose spring seasons were ended prematurely, with Ricci and the entire starting defense from a season ago returning.
That defensive group ranked seventh in the nation in scoring defense and ninth in caused turnovers, and with everyone returning, in addition to a talented crop of freshmen and transfers, the unit coached by Associate Head Coach Amanda Shimp could be set for another big year.
“At this point we’ll have all been playing together as a unit for three years, so I think this is the year to put it all together, and I’m super excited because I know our freshmen will be a good addition too,” added Ricci.
Not to mention, Ricci was also having an outstanding individual season in 2020. Known for her scrappy and tenacious style, the Alexandria, Virginia native led to the team in ground balls, tied for first in caused turnovers, and was third in draw controls. She stands just nine draws shy of 100 for her career.