Ana Gutierrez clinches winner for Owls
Freshman Naiya Oden clinched match for FAU
Five-Star player JaCara Gillis commits to FAU
Freshman Naiya Oden won the backdraw of her singles group
Marisa Ruiz won first match at Miami Invite
Marcy Hora-Cava was named Florida Atlantic's head women's tennis coach in the fall of 2008 after 10 years at the professional level as a player and coach.
Hora-Cava in her seventh season as head coach finished last season strong, going 12-5. She coached Junior Bianca Biglione to 13 wins in singles and had five players with .500 or winning percentange. She also guided the doubles team of Catalina Ene and Lyndsey Boos to a 9-1 record.
Hora-Cava led the Owls to a win increase in her first three years, highlighted by a 13-12 record in 2011. FAU tallied its first winning season since 2004 under Hora-Cava's guidiance.
The success from 2011 carried over with the Owls posting back-to-back winning season in 2011 and 2012. Hora-Cava guided the team to a first-round victory over Arkansas State University in Sun Belt Conference Championships. FAU won 10 matches and had a six-match winning streak during the spring. Hora-Cava led the Owls to victories over in-state foes Jacksonville, Florida Gulf Coast and Bethune-Cookman.
She played an instrumental role in the doubles tandem of Marlene Ryan and Justine Humair earning all-conference honors in 2011. The duo posted a 9-4 record together and was one of three doubles teams to have a winning record last season.
Prior to FAU, Hora-Cava served as a tactical police officer for the Boca Raton Police Department and helped coordinate and budget the Police Athletic League (PAL). She currently holds the position of Executive Director for the PAL. Hora-Cava's experience as a tennis coach included working with PAL, as well as at the Meadow Club in Southampton, New York and the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
Hora-Cava also has a distinguished background as a player. She competed internationally playing in nine countries and 20 states and was a member of the University of Miami tennis team. While at UM (1998-2002), Hora-Cava was a two-time Big East champion and NCAA participant and served as the 2001 team captain. Hora-Cava earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communications where she had a double emphasis in criminology and photography.
Prior to her time at UM, Hora-Cava held national rankings in singles and doubles since the age of 12 and held a top 3 Florida ranking and top 30 national ranking throughout those years as well. She was named the Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel Player of the Year and was named the "Player of the Month" numerous times.
Hora-Cava was born and raised in the Boca Raton/Delray Beach area and married Matthew Cava in August of 2008. The couple has two sons, Paxton and Max. Cava is multilingual and is fluent in Czech.
Hora-Cava Year-by-Year Results
Year Wins Losses Pct.
2009 7-17 .292
2010 9-11 .450
2011 13-12 .520
2012 10-9 .526
2013 8-10 .444
2014 10-11 .476
Total 57-70 .443