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  Ghizela Schutte
School: University of Tennessee
Year: Senior
Home Town: Ninapark
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High School: Damelin College
Height: 5-5
Birth Date: Wednesday, January 07, 1987
Dominant Hand:
Singles Record: 62-46
Doubles Record: 70-51
"Ghizela made great improvement since her arrival two years ago. She has developed an all-court game that should allow her to play with the best in the nation."

Opened the fall season with a semifinal appearance in the third flight of singles at the St. Mary's Classic after defeating Purdue's Anna Dzeva, 6-2, 6-1...Matched that performance two weeks later at the Furman Fall Classic...Was nearly perfect against Kathi Gerber of Clemson in the quarterfinal round, dropping her 6-0, 6-1...Finished the campaign with a 6-5 singles record...Was also impressive in doubles play, teaming with four different partners to post an 8-4 mark...At the St. Mary's Classic, Schutte and Samantha Orlin won consecutive matches to claim the flight three title...Combined with Connor Vogel at the Furman Fall Classic to win another flight title, this time taking down Vanderbilt's Taka Bertrand and Catherine Newman, 9-8.

SOPHOMORE (2005-06):
Played at the four and five singles positions for the Lady Vols, earning a team-best 22-12 mark...Also paired up with Melissa Schaub at the No. 1 doubles position in 22 of the squad's 25 dual matches, putting together a 12-10 record...Overall, was 14-15 in doubles play on the year...Clinched UT's 4-3 victory over No. 11 Texas on March 15 with a hard-fought 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 win over No. 125 Courtney Zauft...Also helped the team earn the doubles point in the contest, as she teamed with Schaub to rally from an 8-7 deficit and claim a 9-8 (7-3) victory over Mia Marovic and Zauft...The duo's most impressive win, however, was a dominating 8-1 victory over No. 55 Ilona Somers and Virginia Tomatis of Ole Miss...Finished the fall season with a 6-2 singles record, which, along with Bryce Marable's identical 6-2 mark, signified the best win-loss record in singles play...Compiled an overall doubles mark of 5-2...Took first place in singles flight four at the St. Mary's Classic, defeating Shannon Moore of Furman, 6-4, 6-4, Wake Forest's Christian Tara, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, and Mallory Voelker of Purdue, 6-1, 7-5...Partnered with Samantha Orlin, went 3-0 in doubles competition on the season...Finished 2-2 when paired with Schaub...Came out victorious against Alex Jurewitz of North Carolina, 6-3, 6-2, before falling in the round of 32 in singles play at the Wilson/ITA Regionals to Maria Brito of Clemson, 6-2, 6-4.

FRESHMAN (2004-05):
Joined the squad for the spring season and fashioned a 13-6 singles record...Was 2-1 at No. 5 and posted an 8-4 mark at the sixth slot...Showed no jitters in her initial NCAA Championships, as she scored a straight set, 6-0, 6-2 win over Boston University's Aimee Charest...First career dual victory came against Audrey Bordeleau of Arkansas, 6-4, 6-1, in a 6-1 Lady Vol win...Teamed up with Melissa Schaub in a doubles victory at the No. 2 position in the regular-season finale against No. 6 Georgia, helping Tennessee win the point and the match, 4-3...Concluded the year on a hot streak by winning her final six matches...Schutte toppled 11 of her final 13 opponents...Posted a 3-1 mark at the Freeman Memorial Tennis Championships in her first action as a member of the Orange and White.

Named player of the year and most improved player of the year in 2004...Also participated in tennis, hockey and track & field...Played in the Federation Cup for South Africa and represented the nation at the African Cup...Achieved a personal-best junior ITF ranking of 84th, tying for the position on April 26, 2004...Competed in the main draw of Wimbledon Juniors in 2004.

Pursuing a degree in psychology...Biggest tennis thrills occurred when she competed at the Federation Cup for her country and at Junior Wimbledon...Chose Tennessee because her coach, Tracy Chapell, graduated from UT and recommended the school...Tennis ambitions include turning pro and being ranked in the top-50 in the world...Aspires to be involved with sport psychology...Models herself after Kim Clijsters...Biggest athletic influences include her parents, who inspired her and supported her since she started playing tennis...Has a brother, Christo, 27...Ghizela Schutte, the daughter of Kaaiman and Marietjie Schutte, was born on Jan. 7, 1987, in Pretoria, South Africa.