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  Ben Aiken
School: North Carolina
Year: Junior
Home Town: Chattanooga, TN
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High School: Baylor HS
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birth Date: Tuesday, March 30, 1982
Dominant Hand:
Major: International Studies
Singles Record: 9-12
Doubles Record: 4-10

General -- A senior who struggled with injuries much of his first two years...2004 tri-captain...also served as academic team captain for the past two school years...his leadership was instrumental in team achieving a 2.8 GPA for the fall semester 2003...three-time letterman … looks to take advantage of an increased role with the team this season...son of Bill and Ann Aiken...was born March 30, 1982 in Chattanooga, Tenn....has one brother, William, who graduated from Carolina in 2003...named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll as a freshman, sophomore and junior...served on the athletic department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council as a junior and a senior...elected to the Undergraduate Honor Court at UNC in spring 2002 and has served there since...a member of Chi Psi fraternity..also active in ACC Outreach.

As a Junior -- Reached the singles final of the Groot Memorial Invitational and the semifinals of the Top of the Hill Collegiate Kickoff Classic in his singles flight...finished the year with an 8-5 overall record in singles, boosting his career mark to 10-10...was 2-3 in doubles...won six of eight tiebreakers...won Athletic Director’s Scholar-Athlete Award for men’s tennis team.

As a Sophomore -- Picked up his first singles victory at UNC with a win over Drego Orbegos of South Carolina State 6-4; 6-4 at the USC Fall Invitational...finished with a 2-3 singles record.

As a Freshman -- Battled injuries throughout the fall which kept him out of fall competition … came back in the spring and played two singles matches and one doubles match in tournament play.

Prep -- A four year varsity letter winner in tennis and a two-year letterman in cross country at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, graduating in May a freshman there he teamed with former Tar Heel player Chad Riley. ‘01, on the Baylor tennis squad…team captain in tennis and cross country as senior...led Baylor to the state tennis title in 1997 as a freshman and the state runnerup position in 1999 in his junior season…was the doubles state runnerup in 1999…also ran cross country two years and was on the state championship team in 1999 and the runnerup team in 1998…finished third in the state individually in cross country in 1998 and was voted All-State in cross country two years…voted best male senior athlete by Baylor coaches in 2000…was also voted the best all-around male senior by the faculty in 2000...a National Honor Society member for two years, including one year as president...four-year class president.

Personal Information:

Full Name: Benjamin Abernathy Aiken
College Major: International Studies (minor in business)
Hobbies: Guitar, piano, fly fishing, mountain biking, skiing, kayaking
Athlete most admired: Lance Armstrong
Post-school ambition: Medical school
Biggest Sports Thrill: Representing the University of North Carolina
Favorite Book: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Favorite Movie: A River Runs Through It
Favorite Foods: Pasta, Ice Cream
Person Who Has Had The Greatest Influence On Your Athletic Career: My father
Favorite TV Show: 60 Minutes

Ben Aiken’s Career Record
Season Singles Doubles

2000-01 0-2 2-2
2001-02 2-3 0-0
2002-03 8-5 2-3
Career Totals 10-10 4-5