Stats Corner: Carrying Over College Glory

Irina Falconi is the most recent National College Player of the Year to have success on the WTA as well.

Published September 01, 2011 10:26

Stats Corner: Carrying Over College Glory
Irina Falconi

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Most WTA stars have gone straight from the juniors to the pros, but there have been some who seasoned their games in college first. A recent example of that is Irina Falconi, who had a phenomenal two years at Georgia Tech - highlighted by winning the Campbell/ITA National College Player of the Year award - before turning pro in 2010.

Falconi has opened a lot of eyes with her performance so far at this year's US Open, where she is into the third round. Here is a list of all the college players of the year, along with their highlights at the next level:

Year Player Of Year (School) Pro Highlights
1982 Vicki Nelson-Dunbar (Rollins) 1 Singles Title
1983 Beth Herr (USC) 1 Singles Title, 4 Doubles Titles
1984-'85 Gretchen Magers (Trinity) 2 Singles Titles, 4 Doubles Titles
1986 Caroline Kuhlman (USC) 1 Singles R-Up
1987 Patty Fendick (Stanford) 3 Singles Titles, 25 Doubles Titles
1988 Halle Carroll (Florida) 1 Singles Title, 1 Doubles Title
1989 Tami Whitlinger Jones (Stanford) 3 Doubles R-Ups
1990 Debbie Graham (Stanford) 5 Doubles Titles
1991 Sandra Birch (Stanford) 1 Doubles R-Up
1992-'93 Lisa Raymond (Florida) 4 Singles Titles, 71 Doubles Titles
1994 Angela Lettiere (Georgia) 1 Doubles R-Up
1995 Keri Phebus (UCLA) 1 ITF Singles Title, 4 ITF Doubles Titles
1996 Jill Craybas (Florida) 1 Singles Title, 4 Doubles Titles
1997 Lilia Osterloh (Stanford) 3 Doubles Titles
1998 Vanessa Webb (Duke) 1 Doubles R-Up
1999 Zuzana Lesenarova (San Diego) 3 ITF Singles Titles, 2 ITF Doubles Titles
2000-'01 Laura Granville (Stanford) 1 Singles R-Up
2002 Bea Bielik (Wake Forest) 1 ITF Doubles R-Up
2003-'04 Amber Liu (Stanford) 2 ITF Singles Titles
2005 Megan Bradley (Miami) 1 ITF Singles Title
2006-'07 Audra Cohen (Miami) 1 Singles QF
2008 Amanda McDowell (Georgia Tech) 2 ITF Singles Titles, 3 ITF Doubles Titles
2009 Mallory Cecil (Duke) 2 ITF Singles Titles, 2 ITF Doubles Titles
2010 Irina Falconi (Georgia Tech) 1 Singles SF
2011 Jana Juricova (California) 1 ITF Singles Title, 2 ITF Doubles Titles

Notes: Pro Highlights are for WTA events unless otherwise noted ... Five of Raymond's doubles titles have been majors and one of Fendick's was.

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