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  Alicia Salas
School: Univ. of Notre Dame
Year: Senior
Home Town: Englewood, CO
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High School: Cherry Creek H.S.
Height: 5-8
Birth Date: Tuesday, June 29, 1982
Dominant Hand: Right
Major: Preprofessional Studies/Anthropology
Singles Record: 87-41
Doubles Record: 75-37
Outstanding all-around player turned into one of top two competitors for Irish a year ago ... one of most improved players on Irish team ... boasts exceptional control and has added some power to her groundstrokes ... adept at using opponent’s power ... versatile player who can adjust her game to match her opponent ... can take balls out of the air and is very athletic ... listed 64th in preseason ITA national singles rankings ... will serve as co-captain, along with Caylan Leslie … enters senior season with a 71-25 (.740) singles record, which stands eighth on the Irish all-time career singles winning percentage list.

AS A JUNIOR: Moved to the top of the lineup and excelled in 2002-03 … started the spring at No. 1 singles, where she played nine matches before playing No. 2 the remainder of the season, registering a 9-5 record … was 24-15 overall … ranked as high as 65th in singles before finishing 98th … was named to BIG EAST Championship all-tournament team in both singles and doubles … ranked sixth in final Midwest Region rankings … 12 of 15 losses overall and 10 of 11 in spring action came to ranked opponents … hampered by a shoulder injury late in the season, which greatly affected her serve ... occupying the slot for the first time in her career, won first two matches at No. 1 … had three-set win in 4-3 Irish victory against BYU … took first set, but fell in three to Megan Muth of William & Mary in 4-3 Tribe victory … notable dual-match victories included vs. Texas and Illinois … won seven of last eight matches at No. 2 … rallied from down a service break in the third set for a key 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 upset of #54 Melissa Applebaum of Miami in BIG EAST final to give Notre Dame a 3-2 lead … was 11-4 in fall play, highlighted by runner-up finish in OSU/Prince Cup and blue flight championship in Eck Classic … posted upsets against Ohio State’s #69 Erica Fisk and Northwestern’s Cristelle Grier, who finished the season as the top-ranked player in the Midwest Region … was 22-2 when winning the first set … won four of five three-set matches … in doubles, finished 22-11, including 14-8 in dual matches, playing mostly No. 2 … played with Lauren Connelly in all but one dual match, filling the No. 2 slot during the regular season before moving up to No. 1 in the postseason … the pair was 17-9 together, including 14-7 in the spring, and was 59th in the final national rankings … listed 11th in Midwest Region … ended the season on a high note, upsetting a pair of top-15 teams in the NCAA team tournament … downed Missouri’s #15 Juric/Sevikova in the first round before upsetting #3 Riske/Tsoubanos of Vanderbilt … posted 5-1 record as final match on-court with the doubles point still undecided, winning against Wisconsin, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, and Missouri … also had wins vs. Wake Forest, Texas, Arizona State, William & Mary, and Illinois … did not lose in a midseason month-long span, winning seven in a row … the pair was 3-2 in fall play, winning one match in the Midwest Championships and finishing fifth in the Eck Classic … played with Caylan Leslie at No. 2 vs. Virginia Tech … teamed with Kristina Stastny in first two fall tournaments, winning five of six matches, including the “das” flight championship in the adidas Invitational … also reached quarterfinals of OSU/Prince Cup … earned ITA Scholar-Athlete award for maintaining a 3.50+ GPA for the year and winning a monogram … recipient of Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Was nearly unbeatable in middle of Irish lineup in 2002 after not being a regular in ‘01 ... tied Notre Dame record for singles dual-match wins in a season with a 24-3 mark, playing mostly at No. 4 ... led team in both singles and doubles wins, registering 57 combined victories and earning team MVP honors ... compiled 31-6 overall singles record ... won 27 of her final 30 matches ... was 3-0 in spring against ranked opponents, including back-to-back wins over #81 Katie Martzolf of Wake Forest and 64th-ranked Saras Arasu of Duke ... also knocked off 77th-ranked Agnes Wiski of Tennessee ... put together 14-match winning streak, which included first 10 matches of spring ... had 10-match winning streak snapped in NCAA first round ... earned first career national ranking in February and peaked at #123 in April ... advanced to round of 16 in Omni Hotels Region IV Championships ... started spring with eight wins at No. 5 before moving to No. 4 spot on Feb. 16 ... won at No. 3 against Air Force ... provided victories in 4-3 wins against Illinois and Miami ... notched lone Irish points in four matches ... surrendered five or fewer games on 15 occasions ... won 25 matches in straight sets ... was 16-1 in the Eck Tennis Pavilion ... 26-1 when winning the first set ... playing with five different partners, was 26-12 overall in doubles, including 19-9 in dual matches, mostly at No. 3 ... from mid-February to the end of the season, played with Sarah Jane Connelly at No. 3, putting together a 14-6 mark ... won 10 of first 11 matches together ... in last month of season, clinched doubles point in last match on-court vs. #19 Northwestern, #14 William & Mary and Miami (BIG EAST final) ... helped Irish win doubles point in 4-3 regular-season victories over Illinois and Miami ... with Nina Vaughan, won first three matches of spring at No. 3, clinching doubles point in first two matches and upsetting 27th-ranked Kentucky team ... defeated Bernadette Bayani and Melissa Esmero of USC in USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships ... paired with Becky Varnum for a win at No. 2 against Northern Iowa ... teamed with Emily Neighbours during most of fall season for a 5-3 record ... the pair lost in first round of Region IV Championships before winning a pair of consolation matches ... paired with Lindsey Green for a win in the Eck Classic ... was 14-2 in the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

AS A FRESHMAN: Showed great potential in ’00 fall, finishing with 11-3 singles mark ... reached final at Maryland Invitational in first collegiate event ... filled in with wins at No. 5 vs. Illinois State and No. 6 vs. Western Michigan and West Virginia ... compiled 11-8 doubles mark with five different partners ... reached third round of ITA Midwest doubles championship with Lindsey Green ... won at No. 2 doubles against Purdue with Kimberly Guy ... paired with Caylan Leslie for No. 3 doubles wins vs. Illinois State and West Virginia ... reached Eck Classic Flight A final with Nina Vaughan.

IN NON-COLLEGIATE ACTION: Teamed with Lauren Connelly to win doubles title in ’03 ITA summer circuit event at Notre Dame … reached quarterfinals in singles before losing in match tiebreaker … reached quarterfinals at 2000 ITA summer circuit event at Notre Dame before falling to teammate Lindsey Green ... reached doubles semifinals with Nina Vaughan before losing to eventual champions Michelle Dasso and Becky Varnum.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Four-time Colorado state singles champion at Cherry Creek High School ... first to win four 5A state titles after former Irish teammate Becky Varnum (’02) won four at 4A ... went undefeated as a junior and senior ... concluded high school career with 78-2 record ... four-time MVP on four-time state championship team ... captained team as a senior ... from same area of Colorado as men’s tennis junior Brent D’Amico and ’03 graduate Jake Cram … member of National Honor Society ... born June 29, 1982, in Denver, Colo. ... carries 3.587 cumulative GPA and has been named to Dean’s list on five occasions ... a member of Notre Dame’s Academic Honors Program for Student-Athletes … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a preprofessional studies/anthropology major.

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