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  Katie Cunha
School: Univ. of Notre Dame
Year: Senior
Home Town: Mercer Island, WA
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High School: Mercer Island H.S.
Height: 5-6
Birth Date: Friday, September 25, 1981
Dominant Hand: Right
Major: Marketing
Singles Record: 38-41
Doubles Record: 58-49
Veteran leader will serve as team captain of a youthful Irish squad in 2002-03 ... very athletic player with big serve and effective slice backhand ... quick hands help her top-notch doubles game ... expected to play at the top of the doubles lineup and in the middle of singles slate in ‘03 ... could be a key to Irish success ... recorded 27 combined singles and doubles wins in dual-match play in 2002 ... coming off strong summer performance.

AS A JUNIOR: Was a force for Irish in 2002 … led team with six clinching victories in singles and doubles and finished the season at No. 1 doubles with Lindsey Green, earning an invitation to the NCAA Doubles Championship ... posted 18-22 mark in doubles, including 13-14 in dual matches, with three different partners ... first paired with Green with a month remaining in the regular season and posted a 6-4 mark, rising as high as 54th in the national rankings ... finished season as second-ranked doubles team in the midwest region ... won tiebreaker in final match on-court to clinch doubles point for Irish against Wisconsin in first round of NCAA tournament ... also defeated Duke All-Americans Hillary Adams and Kelly McCain, as well as 35th-ranked team from Northwestern ... in debut together, fell to national No. 1 team, Wake Forest’s Janet Bergman and Bea Bielik ... Cunha/Green fell to the same Deacon pair in the first round of the NCAA doubles tournament ... eventual NCAA singles champion Bielik went on to advance to the third round of the singles main draw in the 2002 U.S. Open ... began playing with Nina Vaughan at No. 2 on February 16, losing debut against Tennessee before running off four straight wins ... clinched doubles point for Irish in consecutive matches against Iowa, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin ... teamed with Sarah Jane Connelly for first eight matches of spring after a successful fall season together ... provided clinching win in last match on-court with 8-6 upset victory over Anita Loyola/Luana Magnani at No. 2 in Notre Dame’s 5-2 victory over #7 USC ... advanced to the semifinals of the Omni Hotels Region IV Championships, leading to a national ranking of No. 53 ... posted 20-17 singles mark, including 14-12 in dual matches, playing mostly at No. 5 ... put together four winning streaks of four matches or more ... started spring with four straight victories at No. 4, posting clinching wins in the first three matches of the year and then posting a three-set victory over 92nd-ranked Amy Trefethen of Kentucky for her first career win over a ranked opponent ... provided clinching victories in 4-3 wins over Miami and Illinois ... won final four matches of season ... strung together five consecutive wins in advancing through qualifying to the round of 16 of the Omni Hotels Region IV Championships before falling to #34 Lia Jackson of Northwestern ... ranks 10th in school history with 44 career doubles dual-match victories

AS A SOPHOMORE: Contributed mainly in doubles in ’01 ... teamed with Kimberly Guy for second consecutive year for all but one doubles match ... compiled a 14-9 record at No. 2 doubles ... posted dual-match wins over Georgia, Wake Forest, Pepperdine, Miami and Illinois ... reached quarterfinals of Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest doubles championships ... pair was ranked 14th in preseason ITA doubles rankings … was sixth in final regional doubles rankings ... paired with Caylan Leslie for No. 3 doubles win over Virginia Tech ... provided depth in singles lineup with 7-2 dual-match record ... won at No. 4 singles vs. Illinois State and No. 5 vs. Western Michigan ... compiled 5-2 record at No. 6 singles including wins over BYU, Kansas and William & Mary.

AS A FRESHMAN: Stepped in at No. 6 singles in ’00 after injury to Kimberly Guy ... won most matches at that spot with highest winning percentage of any Irish player under head coach Jay Louderback ... played her first match at No. 6 singles against then 12th-ranked Northwestern and beat Jennifer Lutgert 6-4, 6-4 after losing to Lutgert twice in a 6-3 fall season ... posted dual-match wins versus William & Mary, Kentucky, Ohio State and Iowa ... only losses came against Pepperdine and Miami ... rallied from 2-4 in third set to provide clinching win against Iowa ... won her flight at Indiana Invitational in her first collegiate matches ... earned ITA doubles ranking of No. 15 after teaming with Kimberly Guy in doubles for a 9-1 record in the fall and finished 39th in ranking despite Guy’s missing most of second half of dual-match season ... beat Iowa’s sixth-ranked Toni Neykova and Shera Wiegler in winning the Illinois Invitational ... defeated USC’s Tiffany Brymer and Kara Warkentin at No. 1 doubles in fall exhibition dual match ... qualified for Rolex National Indoor Championships ... had 6-2 record at No. 2 before Guy’s injury against Wake Forest ... three of those wins came against USC, William & Mary and Illinois ... reunited with Guy for NCAA first round and improved to 17-5 with No. 2 doubles victory against UIC ... went 2-4 at No. 1 doubles with Michelle Dasso in March ... beat Northwestern’s Colleen Cheng and Katherine Nasser in first match together to clinch team’s 6-3 win over 12th-ranked Wildcats ... followed that by beating Ohio State’s Kristi Dascoli and Monica Rincon before losing at No. 1 doubles to Iowa, Kentucky, BYU and Pepperdine ... beat No. 3 doubles teams from Wisconsin, William & Mary and Indiana with Sarah Scaringe ... went 2-1 with Nina Vaughan, losing to Wake Forest at No. 2 and defeating Michigan and Purdue at No. 3 doubles.

IN NON-COLLEGIATE ACTION: Had quality results in a pair of ITA Summer Circuit events in summer, 2002 … teamed with Michigan’s Kavitha Tiperneni to win doubles title at Ohio State tournament … seeded fourth, advanced to quarterfinals in singles at Notre Dame event … earned fifth seed at Ohio State in singles before falling in second round … won singles back draw at 2000 ITA summer circuit event at Notre Dame and reached final in doubles with Caylan Leslie before falling to teammates Michelle Dasso and Becky Varnum.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Advanced to round of 32 at United States Tennis Association National Clay Court championships for girls 18s division ... reached round of 16 in doubles at girls 18s Easter Bowl ... ranked as high as 24th nationally in both 16s and 18s doubles ... top-ranked Pacific Northwest player in girls 16s and 18s ... won three consecutive state singles titles and led Mercer Island High School to three straight team titles as well ... spent seven hours on court in one day in winning third state title with 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 semifinal match and 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 championship match ... won 52 consecutive matches to end high school career ... Eastside Journal ’99 female athlete of the year ... also standout golfer who placed fifth at state championships as a sophomore and 12th as a freshman ... from same high school as former Irish women’s tennis player Erin Gowen (1994-97) ... born Sept. 25, 1981, in The Hague, Netherlands ... member of Notre Dame’s Academic Honors Program for Student-Athletes ... named to dean’s list on three occasions ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a major in marketing.

Head Coach Jay Louderback on Katie Cunha . . .
“She has matured a lot throughout her career, and she has turned into not only a great player, but also a great leader. She has looked at the captains and seniors we’ve had in the past three years and learned something from all of them. I think she’ll have a great senior year because she is very motivated.”

Katie Cunha's Career Record