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Former Tennis Pro Joins OSU Coaching Staff (OK State)

Former Tennis Pro Joins OSU Coaching Staff

Tulsa - A former professional tennis player who has competed in all four of the sport's grand slams is now an assistant coach at Oklahoma State. OSU head women's tennis coach Chris Young announced the hiring of Jamea Jackson Thursday. "I am very excited to welcome Jamea to the OSU tennis family," Young said. "Her experiences as a player will be a tremendous asset to our current players and future Cowgirls. I am thankful to our administration for their commitment to building a championship program, and this is another piece toward doing just that." Jackson rose as high as number 45 in the world rankings in 2006 and also represented the United States as a member of the Federation Cup Team. "I am excited to join the OSU tennis program," Jackson said. "I am thankful for this amazing opportunity and hope to be an asset to Coach Young as well as our current and future players." Her victories as a pro include the 2005 International Tennis Federation event in Tucson, and the 2003 ITF event in Dallas. Her best appearance in a grand slam event was a second-round appearance at Wimbledon in 2005, winning in straight sets over Marta Marrero and falling in the second round to top seed Lindsay Davenport. Jackson also owns some victories in singles competition against some of the greatest in the World, including Jelena Jankovic, currently ranked number four, Marion Bartoli (14th) and Maria Sharapova (49th).

I dont like the FORMER part...
 

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Mississippi St. hires new coach Daryl Greenan

September 29, 2009

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Daryl Greenan, current head women's tennis coach at the University of Iowa and a former assistant coach in the Southeastern Conference, has been named Mississippi State University's 13th head women's tennis coach, MSU Director of Athletics Greg Byrne announced Tuesday. The hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.

Greenan replaces Tracy Lane who, after 13 seasons at the helm of the Lady Bulldogs, resigned in August to pursue other career opportunities and family interests.

"I look forward to joining an incredible staff at Mississippi State. Greg Byrne is clearly leading an energetic department into a new and exciting era," Greenan said. "I'm also very excited for the opportunity to work in the Southeastern Conference again. Obviously, the league is extremely strong on the national level year-in and year-out and that certainly holds true in women's tennis."

The 2006 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Greenan completed his fifth season as head coach of the Iowa women's tennis squad in 2008-09. In his five seasons at Iowa, Greenan and the Hawkeyes compiled a 64-51 overall record and a 28-23 mark in Big Ten play. Iowa posted winning seasons in four of his five seasons, also finishing in the top four of the conference three times, qualifying for the NCAA Championship twice and crowning 17 Academic all-Big Ten honorees.

"We are very excited to welcome Daryl, his wife Shannon and daughter Willa to our athletic family," MSU Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said. "Daryl brings a wealth of experience with him, including an excellent resume at Iowa as well as valuable experience within our league. We look forward to watching him lead our women's tennis program into the future."

This past season, Iowa was ranked in the top 50 nationally at one point in the season. Greenan coached his top player to all-Big Ten status and that same player was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and ITA Midwest Regional Rookie of the Year. The Hawkeyes placed four players on the ITA Scholar-Athlete team and the entire team was named ITA All-Academic.

Iowa jumped out to its best start in 14 seasons (10-1) in 2007-08, finishing the season ranked 52nd in the nation. The team posted a 13-10 overall record and tied for sixth in the regular season standings. It was Iowa's sixth straight winning season, which set a school record. The Hawkeyes advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the fourth-straight season, and tied a school record with five academic all-Big Ten honorees. Two Hawkeye players were named all-Big Ten, with one of them setting the school record for most career singles wins and finished top 100 in the nation.

In 2006-07, the team finished fourth in the Big Ten and advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the third straight season. Despite a slower start to the season, the team picked up the pace in the spring and ended the year ranked sixth in the region and 51st in the nation. One of Greenan's players was an all-Big Ten selection.

The 2005-06 Iowa edition was a major success, as the squad went 9-1 in the Big Ten and posted a school-record second place finish in the conference. The team's overall record of 18-6 gave the Hawkeyes their best winning percentage (.750) in school history and Iowa qualified for the NCAA Championship for the third consecutive year - the sixth time overall. Those excellent results led to a No. 33 final national ranking. Several individuals recorded career-best seasons. Three Hawkeyes finished 9-1 in Big Ten play, the first time ever that three Hawkeyes earned Big Ten leading records for their respective positions in a single season. For his team's success that season, Greenan was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Two of his players ended the year ranked in the top 100 nationally, including Meg Racette who was awarded all-Big Ten honors and finished the year ranked 35th. She became only the second Hawkeye ever to qualify for the NCAA Singles Championship and the first to win a match in the draw.

In his first season at Iowa in 2004-05, Greenan led the Hawkeyes to a 14-10 record and an NCAA Championship appearance. The Hawkeyes also recorded a 7-3 mark in the Big Ten, finishing a then-school-best fourth in the league. The team ended the season ranked 45th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. One player earned all-Big Ten honors and another set the school record for most wins by a freshman.

Prior to becoming a Hawkeye, Greenan was assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Alabama for three years (2002-04). Working under head coach Jenny Mainz, Greenan was involved in all aspects of the Tide's women's tennis coaching responsibilities. While at Alabama, Greenan was named the 2004 ITA South Region Assistant Coach of the Year. He helped guide the Crimson Tide to two top 30 national rankings, one top 40 finish and three consecutive trips to the NCAA Championship.

Greenan also has ties to the north Mississippi area, having served as the head coach at Mississippi University for Women from 1998-2001. At MUW, he compiled a 41-25 record with the Blues. He was also an assistant men's and women's coach at Valdosta [GA] State for two years (1997-98) prior to that stint.

As a player, Greenan was a member of the men's tennis team at Valdosta State. He was the No. 1 singles player for two seasons, and was part of the No. 1 doubles team for three campaigns. Greenan was ranked in the top 20 in singles and achieved his highest doubles ranking in 1995, when he finished second in the nation. He was honored as part of the 1995 all-America team and earned all-Gulf South Conference honors three seasons. Greenan was inducted into the Valdosta State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

Born in Ontario, Canada, Greenan and his wife, Shannon (a native of West Point, Miss.), have a three-year-old daughter, Willa. He earned his B.S. degree in health and fitness from Valdosta State in 1997.
 

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Katie Dougherty Named Iowa's Head Coach

Nov. 19, 2009

IOWA CITY, IA - The University of Iowa Athletics Department today announced that Katie Dougherty is the head coach of the women's tennis program. Dougherty is a five-year coaching veteran in the Big Ten Conference, having spent time at Penn State and Wisconsin. The announcement came from Senior Associate Athletics Director Jane Meyer.

"We are extremely excited to announce Katie Dougherty as our new women's tennis coach," said Meyer. "Katie brings coaching experiences from two other Big Ten institutions along with a Big Ten playing career. We are confident in her ability to teach and develop our student-athletes and to move our women's tennis program forward."

Dougherty most recently served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin, where she managed the day-to-day operations of the women's tennis program and served as a co-director of Badger summer tennis camps. Her 2008 and 2009 recruiting classes received national recognition from Tennisrecruiting.net.

Dougherty served as an assistant coach at Penn State (2004-07) and American University (2003-04) before joining the Badgers. She helped guide American to the 2004 Patriot League title and automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work at the University of Iowa," said Dougherty. "I could not have been more impressed with Iowa's support staff, facilities and people. I want to thank Jane Meyer, Gary Barta and the search committee for granting me this opportunity. The excitement around Iowa athletics is incredible and I look forward to building a top notch tennis program."

Before beginning her coaching career at the Western Racquet Club in 2003, Dougherty competed collegiately at Wisconsin (1999-2002). A four-year letterwinner for the Badgers, Dougherty finished her career with 45 singles victories. She was also a nationally-ranked doubles player, claiming 45 career doubles wins.

Since 2008, Dougherty has been a Professional Tennis Registry Certified Professional. She was a nationally-ranked junior player in singles and doubles and was the 1997 Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Year. She graduated from Wisconsin in 2002 with a degree in English.
 

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Ricky Rosas Named Miami (Ohio) Interim Head Coach

Nov. 20, 2009

OXFORD, Ohio - Ricardo "Ricky" Rosas has been named interim head coach of Miami University's women's tennis team, Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced today. He replaces David Emery who resigned recently.

Ricardo Rosas has been an assistant coach with the Miami women's tennis program for six seasons and helped lead the RedHawks to an undefeated Mid-American Conference season, the MAC tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament last May. He brings an impressive tennis background and strong experience as an international competitor.

"We are appreciative that Ricky has taken on this role for the season," Bates said. "He has shown solid leadership skills during his time as an assistant and that will continue."

Rosas, who graduated from Instituto Villa de Cortes Mexico in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, has been playing professionally and coaching since he was a young boy.

As a junior player, Rosas was one of Mexico's finest, ranking as high as No. 6 in singles and No.12 in doubles nationally and No. 26 in singles and No. 12 in doubles in the ITF World Rankings. In 1993-94, he participated in the U.S. Open, The French Open and Wimbledon as an 18-year old.

Following his junior career, he went on to play four years on the ATP Tour (1994 to 1997), reaching career-best rankings of No. 574 in singles and No. 375 in doubles. His international experience also includes representing Mexico in several events, including the 1994 Davis Cup.

After his playing career ended, Rosas spent one year at the Gary Kesl Tennis Academy in Deerfield, Fla. There he was one of the academy's instructors while also overseeing court maintenance and the supervision of the school's other instructors.

During the 2006-07 season, Rosas served as the interim head coach for the Miami program after then-head coach Ray Reppert departed in mid-February to take a position in Florida. Rosas brought continuity to the program at a time of influx and guided the RedHawks to an 8-8 overall record, including a 4-4 Mid-American Conference mark.

Rosas and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Oxford.

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Wisconsin Milwaukee Names Sean McInerney New Coach

Local pro has had sucess at both DSHA and MSOE

Oct. 14, 2009

MILWAUKEE - Sean McInerney has been named the new women's tennis coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Director of Athletics George Koonce announced today.

McInerney has served in a wide variety of tennis-related capacities across the Milwaukee area in recent years. He spent the past year as head coach of the men's team at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and has been the head coach of the girl's team at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School since 2004. He has also been a tennis professional in the state for the past 11 years.

"I am very excited to be given the opportunity to lead the UWM women's tennis program," McInerney said. "The athletic program at UWM has a long and rich history of success and I hope to add to that tradition over the years. I am also excited to start working with such a wonderful group of women and hope to maximize their game through raising the level of expectations, communication and hard work."

"We are very excited to have Sean join our staff as the tennis coach," Koonce said. "He has a proven track record of developing successful tennis players and in directing his teams to great success. He will be a great leader for our student-athletes and will work very hard to take our tennis program to a new level of success."

At DSHA, McInerney has helped his team finish in the top four of the final state Division I rankings in each of the last four seasons while also working to coach and develop three of the last five Wisconsin doubles champions.

This past season at MSOE, McInerney led the program to its most wins in school history, boosting the team total from five before he arrived in 2008 to 14 in 2009.

McInerney has also worked extensively at a pair of local tennis clubs. He has been the director of tennis at the Mequon Country Club since 2003 while serving as the adult director at the Paley Tennis Center since 2006.

In all, McInerney has coached and developed 11 Division I tennis players and 13 state singles and doubles champions.

"I envision a team that works harder than anyone in the league and loves to compete on the court and in the classroom," McInerney said. "Getting this team to the next level will not be easy, but through hard work and a rejuvenated desire to win, it can be done. I am very determined to push this team to ensure they are the best they can be. We will compete for each and every point and, if we do this, we will achieve our goals over the next couple of years."

McInerney played collegiately at Carthage College, where he finished his career fourth on the school's all-time wins list and was a four-time all-conference selection.
 

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Holy Cross Names Lisa Meola Head Coach

Aug 18, 2009

Holy Cross Names Lisa Meola Head Women's Tennis Coach

WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross has named Lisa Meola as the new head women's tennis coach, as announced by athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. today. No stranger to Holy Cross, Meola was the assistant tennis coach during the 2008-2009 season.

Prior to her tenure at Holy Cross, Meola was head coach of the Notre Dame Academy (Mass.) women's tennis team for seven seasons. While there, she compiled an overall record of 137-7 and coached the squad to three consecutive Division II State championships.

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to coach at Holy Cross," said Meola. "It's a great program with hard-working and motivated student-athletes. It will be such a pleasure to work with the entire athletic community, and I am happy to have become a part of it."

Meola began her coaching career in 2004, where she coached the Clark tennis teams. She also has experience as a tennis instructor at the Paxton Sports Centre in Paxton, Mass. A 1998 graduate of Clark, Meola received her educational provisional certificate in 2001. She currently resides in Holden, Mass.
 

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WTA pro Audra Cohen retires to be Wisconsin assistant coach

Dec. 22, 2009

MADISON, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team and head coach Brian Fleishman announced the hiring of tennis professional Audra Cohen as the new assistant coach.

"Audra will be a great addition to the program,” said Fleishman. “She will be a great coach and mentor for the student-athletes. Her tenacity and winning attitude will spread to the team."

As a junior at the University of Miami, Cohen won the school’s first-ever NCAA women’s singles title in May of 2007 and was the No. 1-ranked college player in the country the entire season. Cohen decided to forgo her senior year at Miami to turn professional.

Cohen defeated Lauren Albanese at the singles final in Evansville, Ind., to win her first USTA Pro Circuit title back in 2006. Currently ranked 564th in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles Rankings, Cohen has competed in eight tours.

The Plantation, Fla., native played a year at Northwestern before transferring to Miami, marking the only woman in history to make it to the finals of the NCAA championship competing at two different schools. Cohen, the 2007 ITA National Player of the Year, wrapped up her championship season with a 42-2 overall singles record and a 27-2 mark against ranked opponents.

Cohen, a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and a five-time All-American, won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top collegiate female tennis player for 2007.

Cohen is filling the role of former assistant coach Katie Dougherty, who is now the head coach at Iowa.
 

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Cal St. Bakersfield cuts tennis

1st reported by Embittered! :worship:


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Ongoing budget shortfalls continue to create severe financial difficulties for higher education in California. California State University, Bakersfield, is not immune to this reality. As part of campus–wide reductions to help deal with the on–going financial crisis, CSUB Athletics will be discontinuing men’s and women’s golf, tennis and wrestling as intercollegiate sports, effective with 2010–11 academic year.

“This was an extremely agonizing decision, born of extreme circumstances and reached after painstaking deliberation,” said CSUB President Dr. Horace Mitchell. “We are facing unprecedented challenges, not only in the upcoming year but into the foreseeable future. The decisions we announce today are crafted to help ensure a sustainable program that will allow Roadrunner Athletics to continue to be a successful part of the mission of CSUB.”

In the face of rising expenses across the spectrum, Roadrunner Athletics is facing an anticipated shortfall of approximately $700,000 for 2010–11. While that cut is substantial in its own right, it is part of a much larger series of revenue cuts and increasing expenses over the past four years.

“We have absorbed the revenue shortfalls and rising expenses over the past several years through cuts in support staffing and services,” said CSUB Director of Athletics Rudy Carvajal. “We have done our best to mitigate the direct impact to teams and student–athletes, but the unprecedented depth and breadth of the ongoing financial crisis requires extraordinary measures to ensure the long–term sustainability of the Roadrunner Athletics program.”

The affected teams will continue to compete through the completion of the current academic year. All student–athletes with remaining eligibility will have the option of transferring or continuing their education at CSUB. Affected scholarship student–athletes will continue to receive their athletics scholarships for the 2010–11 academic year, should they choose to remain at CSUB. Salaried coaches will remain on staff until the completion of the current contracts in June.
 

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South Alabama men receive NCAA sanctions

It's the 2nd month of the Spring season and South Alabama only has 4 players on their roster. :help::help::help:
Believe it or not the South Alabama men's tennis team is in worst shape.

The men's tennis coach provided more than $12,000 in impermissible financial aid to five international players over a six-year period.

NCAA Penalties: Three years' probation; reduction in scholarships; four-year NCAA show-cause order for coach; permanent disassociation of coach with South Alabama's program; forfeiture of victories; one-year postseason ban.
 

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Old news, but the University of New Orleans is moving from D I to D III. I can't find anything tennis-specific. Assume it'll work like this:

Monday's appearance was also the final one for the women's basketball program in the SBC, as the school has announced it will withdraw from the league this summer and participate next year as a Division I independent with plans of transitioning to Division III.
 

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That explains why Kir Kemp (and her brother) left to go to GA State...DIII doesn't give athletic scholarships
 

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Joining just becoming D1 Cal State Bakersfield, D2 Cal Poly Pomona just cut mens and womens tennis also.

Budget carnage in the state of California continues.
 

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Cal Poly Pomona (Div. 2) cuts tennis

Budget Crisis forces Cal Poly Pomona to cut men's and women's tennis

3/19/2010 1:01:40 PM

POMONA – Due to unprecedented cuts in state funding, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona announced today that it will cut the men’s and women’s intercollegiate tennis programs, effective with the 2010-11 academic year.

“While a number of very tough decisions lie ahead as we reconcile our budget challenges, the suspension of our tennis programs is particularly painful to me,” said President Michael Ortiz. “Our student-athletes, particularly in the tennis program, have come to represent the very best of what we do, both in the classroom and on the court. They maintain extraordinary GPA’s, lead many of our campus organizations, and serve extensively in our local communities. This action is reflective of the State Legislature’s inability to adequately fund higher education.”

Cal Poly Pomona took a $30.8-million dollar budget cut for the 2009-10 academic year, equating to about 20 percent of its total state allocation. The university will be forced to reduce its enrollment by an additional 2,000 students for next year to align the number of attendees with the available resources. California is currently projecting a budget deficit in excess of $20 billion.

“As one can imagine, this is an extremely difficult decision,’’ Director of Athletics Brian Swanson said. “The economic issues that have gripped our state have had a far-reaching impact and no one is immune. We are making this announcement now to provide those student-athletes the opportunity to further their experience at other institutions, should they desire to do so.’’

The affected teams will continue to compete through the completion of the current academic year. All student-athletes with remaining eligibility will have the option of transferring or continuing their education at Cal Poly Pomona. Affected scholarship student-athletes will continue to receive their athletic scholarships for the 2010–11 academic year, should they choose to remain at the university. Salaried coaches will remain on staff until the completion of their current contracts in June.
 

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It's not D1 but Cari Groce leaves D2 Cal State Los Angeles after one year (did decent job cleaning that program up... better look, better results)

and then CSULA downgrades position from full time astronimical 90K (job posting last summer) to part time 35-45K (on job posting right now)

Sign of the times.... my guess is they told her they were cutting it to PT and she bailed.



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Middle Tennessee St. coach goes to Baylor

Former Middle Tennessee State head coach named BU assistant coach

June 30, 2010

WACO, Texas - Former All-American and all-SEC selection Alison Ojeda has been named an assistant coach of Baylor's women's tennis program head coach Joey Scrivano announced today. Ojeda spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Middle Tennessee State University.

"We are extremely excited to have Alison join our coaching staff, she brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to our program," Scrivano said. "Her positive attitude and vibrant personality are contagious and will be an asset to our team. I have a lot of respect for what she has done as a head coach at MTSU, taking that program to the next level. We're thrilled to have her join the Baylor Tennis family."

A former All-American and WTA player, Ojeda inherited an MTSU team with just two returning players in 2005, but brought the program back to the national rankings in 2010. Helping the Blue Raiders to their first winning season in six years, Ojeda led MTSU to an 11-10 record, while earning an ITA ranking of No. 75 after a 5-0 start. After winning 15 matches in her first two seasons, she led her team to nine wins in her third and fourth year at the helm.

"I am excited to become a part of Baylor's Athletic Department and look forward to being back in Texas," Ojeda said. "Joey and his players have done an exceptional job taking the Baylor Bears to the Elite Eight four of the last five years in the NCAA Tournament. Through the team's success, it is obvious the players respect and trust Joey as a leader and tennis coach."

Ojeda was an assistant coach at Alabama in 2005 and served two years at Texas A&M, earning the 2004 Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year honor. Alabama fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and finished the year ranked 38th nationally. TAMU posted a 44-19 record during her two seasons in College Station, winning Big 12 regular season and tournament titles and making a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including reaching the Sweet 16 in 2003.

While at Texas A&M, Ojeda helped the Aggies finish the 2004 season ranked 16th in the nation. She also coached four All-Big 12 players and one All-American, Jessica Roland.

Ojeda spent eight months on the WTA tour in 2004 between her stops as an assistant at Texas A&M and Alabama. She also was the tournament founder and director for the College Station Open, a 64-player open level tournament, during her time as an Aggie. The San Antonio, Texas, native enjoyed a stellar playing career at the University of Tennessee, posting 102 singles and 100 doubles victories. She earned All-America honors in singles as a junior, was a four-time Academic All-SEC selection, and was voted the national recipient of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Humanitarian Award and Cissie B. Leary Leadership and Sportsmanship Award in 2002. The Cissie B. Leary Award is presented to someone who displays inspiring commitment and dedication to her team, enhancing the team's performance and exemplifying the spirit of college tennis. Ojeda was the Southeast Region winner of the Cissie B. Leary Award as a junior, as well.

Ojeda was also a three-time SEC Sportsmanship Award honoree. During her senior year, she helped captain UT's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Ojeda finished her career ranked 26th in the country in singles and 59th in doubles. She finished ranked No. 23 in singles and No. 16 in doubles as a junior, making the NCAA Individual Championships in both events and leading UT to its first-ever SEC championship match appearance. The Lady Vols finished the year ranked No. 6 nationally, the team's first Top 10 final ranking in 25 years.

As a sophomore, she ended the year ranked 38th in singles and 21st in doubles, making her first NCAA Championships appearance in both singles and doubles. She posted a 47-22 combined mark as a freshman, picking up Tennessee's lone point in the NCAA Team Championship in a loss to Stanford.

Ojeda garnered First Team All-SEC honors in singles as a junior and Second Team accolades in doubles as a sophomore. She is one of only three players in Lady Vols history to post more than 100 victories in both singles and doubles.

Ojeda was a three-time all-state selection at Douglas MacArthur High School and registered a 2008 combined singles and doubles mark. She reached the finals of the state tournament as a senior before falling in the title match and also advanced to the state tourney as a sophomore and junior. She played in the Sugar Bowl Tournament and National Indoor Championships in 1996-97.
 
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