WCU had six women’s tennis student-athletes recognized for 2016-17
Freshman Jordan Strickland takes set from previously flawless Player of the Year
Catamounts and Paladins take to the court at 8:30 am
Many school records set in 13 win season
WCU drops 7-0 match versus Samford
2014-15 (Freshman): Saw action in nine matches ... Missed 15 matches due to injury ... Finished the season with a 4-3 singles record and 3-5 doubles mark ... Picked up her first career singles win in the very first match of the year at North Carolina A&T (01/30) ... Won her first doubles match against A&T as well with teammate Nicole Nielly ... Played seven of her eight singles matches at No. 4 and saw action once at No. 3 ... Saw action at all three doubles spots throughout the year with the majority coming at No. 2 ... One of her three singles losses came in her first match back from injury where she was forced to retire after leading 1-0 against Wofford ... Won singles matches against North Carolina A&T, UNC Asheville (02/07), Lenoir-Rhyne (04/14) and King (04/18) ... Saw singles action in just one conference match against UNCG (04/17) ... Her three doubles wins came against North Carolina A&T, Lenoir-Rhyne and King ... Was named a Scholar-Athlete by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ... Named to the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a four-year letter winner at Page HS, helping the Pirates to a 17-0 record as a senior ... During her four-year career, compiled a 66-3 singles record and a 64-5 career doubles record ... Accumulated two seasons with a perfect record in both singles and doubles when she went 14-0 her sophomore year and 16-0 as a senior ... She finished number one in the conference three times and missed a chance at a fourth time her sophomore season because of an injury ... Was named all-state four times ... Was a two-time team MVP, garnering that honor as both a freshman and senior ... Twice earned team most improved honor ... Missed part of her junior season due to injury ... Was ranked inside the top 100 in Tennis RPI, a top 10 recruit in the State of North Carolina and was a three-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net ... Was the first signee of head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins.
Personal: Is the daughter of Michael and Christie Ansari ... Comes from a family of seven children including siblings Hannah, Carolyn, Luke, Adam, Austin and Jennifer ... Older brother, Austin, plays men's tennis at Clemson and her sister, Jennifer, played women's tennis at Appalachian State.