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  Abe Souza
School: University of Illinois
Year: graduated
Home Town: St. Louis, MO
Home State: N/A
Home Country: United States(USA)
High School: St. Louis University HIgh School
Height: 6-2
Birth Date: Sunday, December 25, 1988
Dominant Hand: Right
Singles Record: 40-26
Doubles Record: 12-13
Sophomore 2008-09
University of Illinois Male Sophomore Scholar Athlete of the Year ... Finished the year with a 23-9 overall singles record going 10-4 in dual season play ... Went 5-3 in Big Ten matches ... Compiled a strong 13-5 record in tournament play ... Saw action at the No. 4-6 positions, primarily at No. 6 where he carded a 5-1 record ... Won his first three matches to qualify for the main draw of the ITA Midwest Regional tournament ... Ended the year going 8-4 in doubles with four different partners ... Earned the team Scholar Athlete Award with a 3.78 GPA in History as well as the Strength and Conditioning Award for his second year in a row.

Freshman 2007-08

Won his first collegiate match over Alabama's Saketh Myneni in the fall at the Olympia Fields Invitational ... Went 16-17 overall and 5-4 in the dual season in singles ... Played at No. 6 singles going 2-1 in Big Ten play ... Had a five-match win streak in singles action starting October 7 ... Finished 4-8 in doubles play and 1-0 in conference matches at three doubles ... Honored with the Strength and Conditioning and Most Improved Player awards as voted on by his teammates.

Juniors/High School

Coached by Dennis Dougan at St. Louis University High ... A four-year varsity letter winner in tennis ... Has been the No.1 player for St. Louis High since coming in as a freshman, totaling less than 10 losses during his entire high school career ... Won the AAA St. Louis National Clay Court Championships doubles title ... Named first team Post Dispatch All-Metro as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Voted the team MVP all three years of high school ... Playing in the top spot, led St. Louis High to a third-place finish in state as a sophomore and helped lead the squad to the title as a junior ... Individually, finished third as a sophomore and second as a junior in state ... As a senior, he didn't relinquish a set en route to the 2007 Missouri State individual title ... Ranked No. 1 in Boys 16s and 18s singles and doubles in the Missouri Valley .... Finished his juniors career ranked No. 36 in 16's, No. 53 in 18's and No. 5 in 16's in the nation ... The performance earned him Post Dispatch Tennis Player of the Year as a senior ... Academically, received First Honors all eight semesters from his freshman to senior year.