Rice -- Very creative and deceptive veteran player... Has an essential role in controlling the midfield, maintaining possession and generating offense... Can play either in the midfield or up front... Enters senior season ranked fifth on the school's list for games started (61) and eighth for games played (62) in a career... Also among the Rice career leaders for shots (70) and shots on goal (28)... 2005: Played in all 21 games with 20 starts... Registered one goal with three assists... Scored a goal on four shots in the home win over Texas State... Notched assists in back-to-back games against Conference USA foes Houston and Tulane... Assisted on a goal in the C-USA tournament final... Averaged a shot per game... Took seven shots on goal... 2004 -- All-Western Athletic Conference (second team)... Worked hard in the off-season to bounce back from an injury suffered late in the 2003 campaign... Started all 22 games to help lead the program to its first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament... Finished fourth on the team in shots attempted with the ninth-highest single-season total in school history (27)... Attempted a career-high four shots in a game in the home win over Army (Sept. 10)... Took three shots on goal at Northwestern State... 2003 -- All-Western Athletic Conference (second team)... Earned the team's Rookie of the Year award from her teammates... Started 19 consecutive games as a true freshman before suffering an ankle injury in the semifinal match of the WAC Tournament against Hawaii, causing her to sit out the championship against SMU the next night... Tied for fourth on the team in assists (2) and fifth in shots attempted (23)... Took more shots than any other Rice freshman and was third in shooting percentage (.522) for Owls with at least 23 attempts... Scored a goal in the record-setting 5-1 win over Northwestern State... Tied the school record for assists in a game with two in the 3-1 win over WAC rival Nevada... Attempted a season-high three shots in a game three times.
Club -- Member of Eclipse and played with U-19 Challenge... Gained valuable experience with the Olympic Development Program Region III team.
High School -- 2003 graduate of Elkins High School in Missouri City... Four-year starter and letterwinner for Tommy Svatck and the Knights.
Personal -- Full Name: Vanessa Maria Serrano. Birthdate: May 22, 1985. Parents: Gabriel and Claudia Serrano of Missouri City (one sister, Christy). College: Martel.
Rice Stats Year GP/GS Shots Goals Asst. Points GWG 2003 19/19 23 1 2 4 1 2004 22/22 27 0 0 0 0 Totals 41/41 50 1 2 4 1