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University of Miami Athletics

Laura Vallverdu

Height

5-2

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Valencia, Venezuela

High School

Shiller International School

Laura Vallverdu - Women's Tennis - University of Miami Athletics

Fall 2009…
Laid claim to a 10-5 singles record in the fall … Opened the year ranked No. 6 in the ITA preseason singles poll … Partnered with Gabriela Mejia for the first time, collecting a 9-1 doubles record on the campaign … Opened the fall campaign with an upset of second-ranked Chelsey Gullickson (Georgia) in the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational … Defeated Gullickson on a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 line … Fell in her next match to eighth-ranked Irina Falconi (Georgia Tech), 6-7, 4-6 … Took down No. 17 Maria Sanchez in the consolation bracket at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships … Won four consecutive matches to earn a trip to the quarterfinals of the Wilson/ITA Southeast Region Championships … Defeated Georgia’s Naoko Ueshima in the Round of 32, claiming a 6-1, 6-2 decision … Took down Florida State’s Francesca Segarelli in the Round of 16, earning a 6-1, 6-1 victory … Registered a 6-2, 6-1 win over Claire Bartlett of Florida in the quarterfinals … Fell in three sets to Florida’s Allie Will in the semis on a 6-4, 1-6, 4-6 line … Claimed the singles championship at the ITA National Indoor Championships … Began her title run with a three-set win (6-2, 2-6, 6-0) over USC’s Maria Sanchez, ranked No. 17 … Defeated Ana Constantinescu of Oklahoma (6-2, 2-6, 6-0) in the Round of 16 … Collected a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Noemie Scharle (Florida State) in the semis … Advanced past Reka Zsilinszka (Duke), ranked No. 13, to earn the singles title with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph … Teamed with Mejia for nine consecutive wins to open the fall in doubles play … The duo entered the fall ranked No. 36 nationally in the preseason ITA doubles poll … Defeated the 11th-ranked pair of Amanda McDowell and Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech in the season-opener at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational, using a 9-7 advantage in the match … Won the main draw doubles competition at the Wilson/ITA Southeast Region Championships … Defeated FIU’s 25th-ranked duo of Liset Brito and Priscilla Castillo, 8-5, in the quarterfinals … Knocked off Florida’s Lauren Embree and Allie Will in the semifinals, 8-4 … Took down USF’s duo of Melissa Koning and Irene Rehberger in the finals, 8-3 … Advanced to the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships … Outlasted California’s second-ranked, and defending national doubles champs, Mari Andersson and Jana Juricova in the opening round, 9-7 … Advanced to the semis with their 8-2 victory over Fresno Pacific’s Vanessa Heroux and Katia Sabate in the quarterfinals … Fell in her lone doubles match of the fall in the semis alongside Vallverdu on a tough three-setter (6-2, 3-6, 4-6) against Tennessee’s seventh-ranked duo of Natalie Pluskota and Caitlin Whoriskey.

Junior (2008-09)…
A finalist at the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championships … Ended the year with a team tying second-best record of 33-8, while ranking No. 10 in the final Campbell’s/ITA singles poll … Earned her third consecutive All-American honor by advancing to the finals of the NCAA Singles Championship in College Station, Texas … Finished the spring campaign with a record of 26-4, tying for the second-most wins on the squad … The first player in school history to amass 30-or more wins in each of her first three seasons … Ranks sixth all-time in UM women’s tennis history for career singles wins (96) … Will enter the 2009-10 season eyeing UM all-time leader Audrey Bañada (2003-07) who posted a record of 110-32 through four years … Collected a 24-4 record in the No. 2 singles spot for UM, including three wins as part of the NCAA Team Championships … Posted a doubles record of 28-12 on the year, including a mark of 23-8 on the spring–the third-most doubles victories on the roster … Advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championships in College Station, Texas … Vallverdu ended the season ranked No. 21 in the national doubles poll alongside former teammate Michaela Kissell after the two combined for a record of 18-9 on the year (14-5 dual) … Finished the season ranked No. 44 in the doubles poll with junior Julia Cohen after the duo combined to post a record of 9-3 during the early stages of the spring … Defeated seven of eight ranked opponents to finish the spring … Downed Clemson’s Ani Mijacika in straight sets (7-6, 7-6) in the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships … Took a three-set win over eighth-ranked Marrit Boonstra (Florida) on a 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 line in the quarterfinals … Claimed a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win over No. 9 Chelsey Gullickson (Georgia) to advance to the finals … Fell to Duke’s Mallory Cecil in the finals 5-7, 4-6 … Began the spring season with six consecutive wins … Defeated No. 4 Josipa Bek (Clemson) in an ACC regular season matchup on the road … Helped UM to a defeat of seventh-ranked Duke with her come-from-behind 7-6, 6-4 win over No. 23 Ellah Nze … Claimed a 6-2, 6-2 win over Nze, ranked No. 33 at the time, in the championship match of the ACC Championships … Helped spark UM to a defeat of 11th-ranked UCLA in the NCAA Championships with a 6-1, 6-1 win over No. 57 Andrea Remynse … In doubles play, helped in earning a 7-5, 7-5 decision over the 29th-ranked duo of Maria Mosolova and Keri Robison (Northwestern) in the opening round of the NCAA Doubles Championships … Teamed for a string of eight consecutive wins in doubles play in the latter-half of the season … Teamed for an 8-1 win over NC State’s 41st-ranked duo of Berkeley Brock and Lenka Hojckova … Saw limited action in the fall due to injury … Entered the fall ranked No. 14 by the ITA … Went 4-3 in doubles action while being ranked No. 15 with partner Michaela Kissell throughout the preseason … Saw her first action of the year in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships … Defeated No. 60 Tara Iyer (Duke) in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round … Followed that up with a thrilling three-set win (1-6, 6-3, 6-1) over Georgia’s Chelsea Gullickson … Fell in the quarterfinal round to Arizona State’s Kelcy McKenna, ranked No. 20, in two sets, 2-6, 6-7 (5-7) … Along with partner Michaela Kissell, began the preseason ranked No. 15 in doubles play by the ITA … Partnered with Michaela Kissell in the doubles portion of the event, defeating the No. 10 duo of Arkansas’ Aurelija Miseviciute and Ela Kaluder, 8-6 … The two took a quarterfinals win over No. 4 Alex Haney and Melissa Koning of Auburn, 8-1 … The UM duo ended their run in the semifinals to No. 8 Renata Kuverkova and Anastasia Petukhova (Fresno State), 3-6, 2-6 … Fell in her first singles match at the ITA National Indoor Championships to No. 30 Samantha Murray of Northwestern, 6-3, 2-6, 5-7 … Lost to No. 43 Kelcy Tefft (Notre Dame) the following day in the consolation round, 2-6, 5-7 … Partnered with Kissell to claim a 1-2 record in doubles play … Collected their only win against the third-ranked (No. 3) duo from Duke in the form of Amanda Granson and Melissa Mang, 8-1 … Won her last doubles match of the fall alongside Bianca Eichkorn to knock-off Florida State’s Lauren Macfarlane and Federica Suess, 8-1.

Sophomore (2007-08)…
Earned All-America honors for the second consecutive season … Selected to the All-ACC Team for back-to-back years … Spent nine weeks in the ITA rankings within the Top 30 … Finished the year ranked No. 17 in the ITA collegiate polls … Reached a high of No. 14 (Feb. 20) throughout the season in singles play … Registered a record of 31-10 on the season, including a dual record of 18-4 … Went 8-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference … Posted a tournament record of 13-6 … Went 11-5 against nationally ranked competition … Ended the year strong winning seven of her last 10 matches that she earned a decision, with one match unfinished during the NCAA Tournament … Combined for a doubles record of 23-7, including a 5-0 record with partner Bianca Eichkorn … Concluded with an 18-7 mark in doubles action with teammate Romy Farah … Ranked No. 15 in the final ITA polls for doubles play … Spent eight weeks alongside Romy Farah ranked in the Top 35 of the ITA doubles poll … Saw all of her singles action at the No. 1 position where she collected a record of 18-4 … Went 14-6 at the No. 1 position in doubles action and 2-0 at the No. 2 spot … Went 7-3 in her last 10 doubles matches … Began the spring season winning her first five matches … Had three consecutive straight-set victories to start … Had a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Ohio State’s Paloma Escobedo (Jan. 18) … Lost her first match against FIU’s Liset Brito (3-6, 6-4, 1-6) … Bounced back in helping the Hurricanes defeat #30 Michigan … Defeated the Wolverines’ No. 1 singles player Chisako Sugiyama (6-1, 6-4) … Defeated No. 39 Lindsay Burdette (1-6, 6-1, 7-5) of Stanford while the Orange and Green fell in a tough match against the Cardinal, 3-4 … Started a six-match winning streak for Vallverdu in singles play … Collected her first-ever victory over a top 10 opponent with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over California’s 10th-ranked Susie Babos … Defeated 15th-ranked Zuzana Zemenova (Baylor) in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-2 at home … Collected a fourth consecutive victory at Florida State with a three-set win, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 against the Seminoles’ Lauren Macfarlane … Lost just her second home match of the year against Clemson’s No. 3 ranked Ani Mijacika on scores of 2-6, 6-7 (4-7) … Began a seven-match winning streak against No. 5 Kristi Miller of Georgia Tech … Downed FSU’s Katie Rybakova (No. 24) in the ACC Tournament … Kicked off the NCAA Tournament with a straight-set (6-2, 6-3) win against Notre Dame’s Kelcy Tefft, 6-2, 6-3 … Took back-to-back wins in the NCAA Singles Tournament before falling to Arkansas’ Aurelija Miseviciute (No. 1) in a tough contest during the Sweet 16 … In doubles play, combined with Romy Farah for an 8-6 victory over Clemson’s 12th-ranked duo of Ani Mijacika and Carol Salge … Defeated Duke’s No. 3 ranked duo of Melissa Mang and Amanda Granson (8-2) with Farah … With Farah, earned a No. 15 ranking nationally after that victory over Duke’s No. 1 doubles team … Defeated No. 3 nationally-ranked team from Notre Dame, Brook Buck and Kelcy Tefft–8-6, in the NCAA Tournament … During doubles national tournament, defeated No. 21 Amanda Taylor and Courtney Ulery of Vanderbilt in the opening round … Fell in second round to No. 1 nationally ranked duo of Tracey Lin and Reza Zalameda (UCLA), 3-6, 3-6 … Finished the fall season ranked No. 3 in the ITA South Regional singles rankings … Recorded a 7-5 mark in singles play and a 3-2 mark in doubles action, going 3-0 when teamed with Bianca Eichkorn and 0-2 with Michaela Kissell … At the Riviera/ITA All-American Main Draw, defeated No. 18 Tracy Lin of UCLA, 6-3, 6-3 and No. 20 Amanda Taylor of Vanderbilt, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 before falling in the quarterfinal round to Georgia Tech’s 60th-ranked Amanda McDowell, 5-7, 7-5, 6-7 (9-11) … Also reached the quarterfinal round of the ITA South Regional, defeating Auburn’s Jil Hastenrath and Georgia’s 51st-ranked Yvette Hyndman before losing to FSU’s Katie Rybacova … Began the fall season ranked as the No. 14 singles player in the country and the No. 24 doubles team paired with Kissell … After losing both doubles matches at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational with Kissell, switched over to play with Eichkorn at UNC’s Kitty Harrison Invitational … The pair won all three matches in Chapel Hill, defeating Monica Arguello and Lauren Osborne of Furman, Kelly Stewart and Ivana King of Princeton and Lauren Meier and Megan Broderick of Kentucky.

Freshman (2006-07)…
Earned All-American status her freshman season, going 32-3 in singles play playing primarily in the No. 2 position … Finished the season ranked as the No. 19 player in the country by the ITA/Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings … Her 32 wins in ’06-’07 tied her with former teammate Audrey Bañada for the seventh-highest singles win total in school history … Went 19-2 in tournament play, 5-0 in ACC action and 6-1 against nationally-ranked opponents … Won 13 of 14 singles matches in the spring with the lone loss coming to FSU’s Lauren Mcfarlane, April 20 … 24 of her 32 singles victories were two-set wins … Went 21-7 in doubles play, including a 20-3 mark when paired with Audra Cohen … Reached the NCAA Doubles Championships with Cohen but fell in the opening round to Lindsay Burdette and Anne Yelsey of Stanford, 2-6, 1-6 … As a duo, she and Cohen finished the season ranked as the No. 16 doubles team in the country … Against Southern Cal in the round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament, defeated Sarah Fansler, 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 in singles play and teamed with Cohen to defeat Judy DeVera and Amanda Fink, 9-7, in doubles action … Entered the spring ranked No. 6 in the nation in singles and No. 7 in the country in doubles with Cohen … Began her collegiate career at Miami with a bang by going on a 10-match winning streak to start the fall season … Defeated her first two nationally-ranked players – No. 55 Melissa Mang of Duke and No. 68 Liz Cruz of USF — at the Gator Fall Classic … Received an entry into the qualifying draw of the ITA/All American Championships and proceeded to win six matches, defeating three nationally ranked players in the process (No. 118 Milena Kachar of Columbia, No. 81 Whitney Benik of Florida and No. 57 Milica Veselinovic of Iowa) … Continued her impressive play by defeating No. 11 Anne Yelsey of Stanford 7-6 (3), 6-2 before eventually losing her first match of the season against No. 8 and NCAA Finalist Lindsey Nelson of USC 6-1, 6-4 … Finished the fall by going on an eight match win streak claiming two titles in Palm Springs and at the Miami Invite … In Palm Springs, defeated three nationally-ranked players in succession, defeating No. 33 Tracy Lin of UCLA, No. 49 Anca Anastasiu of USC before claiming the biggest collegiate win of her short career when she defeated No. 7 Amanda Fink of USC 6-1, 6-1 in the semi-finals … Defeated Amanda McDowell of Georgia Tech 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 in the final … At the Miami Invite, claimed a win over No. 58 Paula Zabala of FIU, before eventually defeating FSU’s Macfarlane 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the final … Played doubles with Audra Cohen and began the fall season ranked No. 7 in the nation … Finished the fall going 7-4, defeating three teams with national rankings, highlighted by No. 8 Coventry and Escamilla of Kentucky and No. 12 Dieskova and Olivos of Oregon.

High School/Prep…
Outstanding junior player who was a finalist in the Junior Orange Bowl U16 Championships in 2003 … Has played in numerous ITF tournaments in Europe and South America, achieving a career high world ranking of 566 in singles and 493 in doubles … Had the biggest win of her career in 2005 when she defeated former world No. 4 and Wimbledon semi-finalist Jelena Dokic in an ITF circuit event in Petang, Luxembourg.