Kristina Babcock (Kraszewski) heads into her third season as an assistant coach after being named a three-time ITA All-American during her playing career at the University of Washington.
"We are fortunate to have Kristina working with our program this season," head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. "She was a world class player before joining the coaching ranks and brings a ton of enthusiasm and knowledge to the court every day."
Rice bounced back from an 8-15 record during her inaugural season and racked up an impressive 17-5 record in 2007. The 17 victories were the most since the 1990 season as the Owls have registered back-to-back semifinal appearances at the C-USA Championships.
Julie Chao and Dominique Karas tallied All-Conference USA First-Team honors in 2007. The duo also picked up an All-Conference USA Third Team doublesselection.
Before entering coaching, Kraszewski competed on the WTA Tour, playing in qualifying at the 2000 and 2001 US Opens. She ranked as high as No. 229 in the world in singles, winning three singles titles and two doubles tournaments during her career.
After retiring from the pro ranks in 2002, Kraszewski taught tennis lessons in Seattle before accepting a coaching position at Elite TNT Tennis Academy in Montgomery, Texas during the Summer of 2005.
As a player at Washington, Kraszewski racked up ITA All-American singles honors in 1998, 2000 and 2001. She qualified for the NCAA individual singles championships all four seasons highlighted by a quarterfinal run in 1998. Kraszewski also finished inside the ITA Top 25 rankings from 1998-2001, including No. 6 and No. 9 finishes in 2000 and 2001, respectively.
Kraszewski finished her UW career as the all-time leader in singles victories, posting a 111-45 career record. In fact, three of her four win totals rank inside UW's Top 10 for a single season, including her 31-9 mark in 1997-98.
Along with her ITA All-America honors, Kraszewski was a four-time All-Pac 10 performer, including a trio of First Team selections from 1999-2001. She also took home 1998 ITA Northwest Region Rookie of the Year.
In addition to her impressive singles play, Kraszewski compiled 73 doubles wins, which currently ranks fifth on the Huskies all-time list. She made the 1999 and 2001 NCAA doubles championships and finished with a No. 11 doubles ranking paired with Darija Klaic.
Kraszewski capped her career leading the Huskies to their first quarterfinal finish at the 2001 NCAA team championship. She also was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic Team member and graduated in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
She married Nick Babcock in August 2008 and the couple lives in The Woodlands.
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