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Kelly Drew
Profile.jpgKelly Drew left Auckland in January 2015 to begin her tennis scholarship at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Kelly was the winner of the inaugural Play Atlantic Award – given out by Play Atlantic and Tennis NZ.
You can read all about Kelly’s recruitment experience in her Pre College Blog.

Kelly, a graduate of St Kentigerns College a very successful tennis school, traveled to Louisiana on the back of a second place finish at the New Zealand U18 National Tennis Championship (singles) and as the winner of the doubles competition with her partner Rosie Cheng. She has also had a lot of success in various other junior tournaments in New Zealand.

Kelly plays in the Ragin Cajuns tennis team, coached by Gregory Harkins, who compete in the NCAA Division I in the Sun Belt Conference.

Since begin her college tennis career Kelly has posted a very impressive 6-2 win record in singles, including a thumping 6-0 6-1 win in her debut match. This impressive singles form has seen Kelly move from play at number 4 in her first match to number 1 in her sixth. In doubles she has posted a 2-4 record playing with doubles partners Melissa Burckhartt and Nelo Phiri.  For doubles Kelly has been playing at positions 1 and 2.

We wish Kelly the best of luck for the rest of the season!

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Niko Vulinovich
Profile_0.jpgNiko Vulinovich joined Hofstra University, Long Island New York, in August 2015. Niko attended Auckland Grammar School where he was the senior school tennis champion and the senior A1 tennis team captain. Niko also excelled on the soccer field and was vice captain for the first XI during his time at school. Niko had others from a few universities and you can read about his recruitment experience in his Pre College Blog.

Niko was the only incoming Freshman to the Hofstra Pride men’s tennis team headed by Lauren Leo. The team competes into the NCAA Division 1 (Colonial Athletic League).

Niko’s form has been impressive since his more to New York. He currently posts a 6-2 record in singles, playing mainly at number 3. His doubles form is equally as impressive in doubles where he is currently posting a 5-3 record, including winning the Stony Brook invitational with doubles partner Ricky Hendler.

Good Luck to Niko for the rest of the season!

 

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Dana Grey
profile_0.jpgDana grey started her tennis scholarship at East Carolina University in 2011. As a junior she captured the New Zealand 16U Girls Singles title in 2009 before reaching the championship match and earning the country's runner-up status in the 18U division. Dan also excelled in soccer; she lettered in soccer at Western Heights High School before graduating in 2010.

ECU's sports teams, nicknamed the Pirates, compete in NCAA Division 1 as a full–member of the American Athletic Conference

As a freshman Dana competed at the No. 4 (2-0), No. 5 (3-5) and No. 6 slots (1-7) and produced an overall 6-12 singles record during her first spring campaign. She also recorded a 7-15 in doubles, playing primarily with Neena Wanko (5-10) as ECU's No. 2 pairing. She was also paired with Vanessa Fuleihan (1-0), Natalie Collins (1-2) and Terpko (0-3) during her debut season.

As a sophomore Dana won three dual singles and eight doubles matches during the spring season. She had a string of five-straight doubles wins from Feb. 6-23, four of which came when teamed with Danielle Terpko. During Fall tournament play Dana recorded a 5-4 singles mark. In the Fall she split six doubles matches, pairing with Abby Richmond (1-0), Tanik (1-1) and Nicole LaDuca (1-2). This was a successful season for Dana and an improvement on her debut season.

In the 2013-14 season Dana posted the third-highest overall singles win total on the team with a 17-12 record as a junior. She won five singles matches during the fall season, all of which came in straight sets and had a three-match winning streak beginning with her final triumph at the first ECU Invitational on Oct. 5.  In doubles Dana produced a combined 12-14 doubles mark. She had a disappointing start to the second semester dropping four of first seven matches for an early 3-4 record, but rebounded to win nine of her last 11 outings to give an overall singles record of 12-6.  She also enjoyed a season-best six-match win streak from Feb. 22 to March 21. When teamed with Storozheva she posted a 7-11 doubles ledger (5-6 at No.1, 2-5 at No. 2).

Dana is now a senior and in her final year of her college tennis career. During the Fall of 2014 Dana compiled a 4-4 singles record in tournament play. She also turned in a perfect 3-0 mark during the ECU Invitational (Oct. 24-25), capturing victories against UNC-Wilmington's Alix Theodossiou, Norfolk State's Yvonne Kamegne and Appalachian State's Brianna Armellino. Unfortunately she fell to Elisha Hande (NC State) 6-1, 6-3 and Hadley Berg (South Carolina) 6-4, 6-1 at the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill on Nov. 7-8 to close out autumn season.

We wish Dana the best of luck for her final semester at East Carolina University!

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Davina Meza
profile_1.jpgDavina Meza started off her college tennis career at California State Stanislaus and completed two years there before transferring to the University of Texas at El Paso. Prior to her transfer to UTEP Davina compiled an impressive 27-10 overall singles record and an 18-17 overall doubles record in her two seasons at Cal State Stanislaus. Having transfer Davina has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

As a junior (2013-14) and in her first year at UTEP Davina was named to 2014 All-Conference USA singles third team. She forged a team-best 24-11 mark in singles play during the season and teamed with Rebeca Calvillo to complete a 23-9 overall doubles record on the No. 1 court. Her 23 doubles wins during a season campaign is tied for best all time for a single season. During the spring season Davina posted a team-best 16-7 (16-6 at the No. 2 position) singles record and 15-4 doubles mark with Calvillo at the No. 1 position. Her 47 combined wins during the season is the third-most in program history. Davina also won her last nine singles matches to end the 2014 campaign, including a victory over UAB's Amy Lowther, 6-3, 6-1, at the Conference USA Championships in Norfolk, Va.

Davina is now a senior and in her final year of eligibility for college tennis. Wish wish her the best of luck in her final semester of tennis!

 

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