Nov. 26, 2013
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy assistant women's tennis coach Alessandra Pedergnana will be inducted into the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame, it was announced last week by her alma mater. It was also announced last week that Pedergnana will be inducted into the Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor of her high school, St. Francis Prep.
Pedergnana will become the first UMBC women's tennis player inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame after having an outstanding four-year career for the Retrievers.
As a freshman, Pedergnana won 27 matches and was named all-Northeast Conference. She earned all-America East honors in 2004 and gradually rose to the top of the UMBC "ladder" and played at number one singles during her junior and senior seasons.
As a senior, she won her 100th career match in UMBC's most impressive win of the year, a 4-3 triumph over Army. She won her last eleven singles matches of the season and finished the campaign with an impressive 13-4 record. She was named UMBC's co-Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2006.
Pedergnana is a member of the inaugural Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor class for her high school, St. Francis Prep, which is located in her hometown of Queens, N.Y.
While at St. Francis Prep, Pedergnana was a four-time All-Long Island player and she helped the team win four city and state championships and three Mayor's Cup titles. She posted a record 74 consecutive victories at St. Francis Prep. She is the first ring of honor member whose primary sport was women's tennis.
Pedergnana will be inducted into the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame on January 25, 2014 and will be inducted into the Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor on March 15, 2014.
Pedergnana is in her sixth season as an assistant coach at Navy, where she has helped the team to an 80-22 overall record during the program's first four competitive years, a 13-2 Patriot League regular-season mark and an appearance in the Patriot League Tournament finals in each of the last three years.