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  Robert Searle
Robert Searle

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Orpington, England

High School:
The Leys

Height:
5-10

Experience:
3L


Coach Smarr Says - "This will be Rob's (our team captain) final season at Rice. He has been one of the best college players in the last three years. He has returned for his senior season with a more improved game and the attitude of a champion. He will leave Rice on a very good note with a stellar senior season. He has always been an excellent sportsman and an ambassador of Rice University."

Rice -- Fall 2005: Went 10-4 in singles... Reached the finals of the Midland Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational and the round of 16 in the Wilson/ITA South Central Regional Championships... Advanced to the doubles semifinals of the Wilson/ITA South Central Regional Championships with partner Tony Haerle.

2004-05: Named WAC player of the year and earned all-WAC first team honors in singles and doubles, with Ben Harknett... Went 21-9 in singles after returning from an injury that kept him from competing during the fall... Posted a 8-3 singles mark against nationally-ranked opponents... Earned his third-straight berth in the NCAA singles championships... Went 15-8 in doubles with Harknett, including two wins against nationally-ranked opponents... Ended the season ranked 51st nationally in singles and 55th in doubles (with Harknett).

2003-04: Named to the all-WAC first team after helping Rice to the conference title... Finished the season with a 13-10 dual match record... Upset top-seeded Brian Wilson of Illinois, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3, in the opening round of the NCAA tournament... Was 20-6 in doubles with three different partners... Ranked 14th in the nation in the preseason... Advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Indoor Championships after upsetting seventh-seeded Jesse Witten of Kentucky, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round... Semifinalist at the ITA Region VI championships.

2002-03: Named the ITA Region VI rookie of the year and the WAC freshman of the year... Also earned WAC first-team all-conference honors in singles and second-team honors with Haerle in doubles... Finished the year with a 28-7 singles mark, going 11-3 in dual-match action... Received a singles bid to the NCAA championships... Won the Virginia Invitational singles crown, winning all five matches in straight sets... Captured the ITA Region VI singles title becoming Rice's first regional singles champ... Won his first 14 matches without dropping a set.

High School -- 2002 graduate of The Leys in Cambridge, England... Achieved a high ranking of 53rd in the junior world singles rankings and 45th in doubles... National doubles champion and singles finalist at the UK junior championships... Represented England at the U-14, 16 and 18 levels... Played at Wimbledon Juniors in 2002, making it to the doubles semifinals.

Personal -- Full Name: Robert David Searle. Born: July 19, 1984, at Sidcup, England. Parents: David and Diane Searle (two brothers). College: Will Rice.

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