May 25-30 in Tulsa
Team MVP's were also awarded.
Takes title 6-1, 6-1
Plays for championship at 11 a.m. on Sunday
Rice saw its season come to a close with a 4-2 loss to Baylor in the NCAA Women's Round of 32
Rice advanced to the Round of 32 with a 4-2 win over Tulsa at the Waco Regional.
The Rice women's tennis team captured its third consecutive C-USA title with a 4-0 win over Marshall on April 19
Rice defeated Charlotte 4-0 to open play in the Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship
The Rice women's tennis team returned home for their first home match in a month to host Baylor and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Joyce Pounds Hardy Award (Rice top female student athlete) 2015
All-America, Singles 2013 & 2015
NCAA Singles Qualifier 2012, 2013, 2015
NCAA Doubles Qualifer 2012, 2013, 2014 (w/d injury)
All C-USA Singles (first team) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
All C-USA Doubles (first team) 2012, 2014, 2015 (second team) 2013
C-USA Player of the Year 2012, 2015
C-USA Freshman of the Year, 2012
C-USA Outstanding Singles of the Championship 2012, 2014
C-USA Outstanding Doubles of the Championship 2012, 2014
C-USA Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week
(2/14/12, 2/21/12, 3/26/12 3/5/13 2/24/15 3/24/15)
ITA Scholar-Athlete 2014
C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, 2013
C-USA Women's Tennis All-Academic, 2013, 2014
2015 ITA/Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award-Texas Region
RANKINGS AT RICE
Singles: 2013 (28th Nationally)
2012 (27th Nationally, 4th in Texas Region)
Doubles: 2014 (54th Nationally)
2013 (27th Nationally)
2012 (20th Nationally, 4th in Texas Region)
RiceMoved to third on the Rice career wins list with a standout senior campaign... Won her second C-USA Player of the Year honor in addition to the Joyce Pounds Hardy Award as Rice's top female student athlete and the ITA/Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award for the Texas region.
Earned second career C-USA Player of the Year award after finishing the regular season with a 17-3 (.850) mark in singles at No. 1 and the No. 29 national ranking.... Winning percentage was her highest since her freshman year (.926) and ranking would be her third time to finish in national top 30 in four seasons... Has a career mark of 68-18 at No.1... Became the fourth Owl to reach 100 career wins in singles and finished the regular season with a career mark of 112-32 (3rd).... .Reached the 100 win milestone with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Nelo Phiri of Louisiana-Lafayette... Ran off a 14-match unbeaten streak (11-0) from February 28-April 3...Two-time Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week... Scored three points with two other matches abandoned at the C-USA Championship... Ended the 2015 C-USA Championship with a career singles mark of 9-1. Fall: Was 10-3 in singles and 7-3 in doubles...Close out the fall by splitting a pair of matches at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships...Earned an at-large berth and upset #3 ranked Hayley Carter of North Carolina 7-6 (2), 6-4 in her opening match... Reached the finals of the ITA Texas Regional before falling to Despoina Vogasari of Houston, 6-4, 6-4... Teamed with Alison Ho to win the regional consolation doubles round with an 8-2 win over Texas State's Shannon Beckett and Evan Dench.
Completed her third season at No. 1 with an 11-9 record... Closed the season strongly, winning her last five decisions, including a 3-0 mark at the C-USA Championship to run her career mark to 7-0... Outscored opponents 36-14 in three singles matches at the championship... Scored the first two of the Owls four points against Tulsa in the championship match, clinching the doubles point with Liat Zimmermann (8-3), then finishing first in singles (6-3, 6-2). Teamed with Zimmermann early in the season and rose to as high an #49 in rankings, finishing the regular season 9-4 and qualifying for the NCAA Doubles... Pair was unable to compete due to an injury to Zimmermann...Fall: Tied for team lead with an 8-4 mark in singles and finished strongly by winning the main singles draw at the Longhorn Fall Invitational... Opened play with a rugged three-set win over Lina Padegimaite of Texas Then downed Lauren Burich in the three sets in the semifinals... Lost only one game on her way to a 6-1, 6-0 win in the finals... Teamed with Stephanie Nguyen to reach the Longhorn Invite doubles final before falling to Padegimaite and Elizabeth Begley, 8-5.. Defeated Padegimaite to reach the round of 32 at the Texas ITA Regional.
NCAA Action: Became Rice's first All-America in women's singles since Wendy Wood in 1986 by advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Championships in Champaign, Illinois... Her advancement to the Elite Eight was the best in school history and matched the best by a C-USA representative (TCU's Story Tweedie-Yates in 2005)... Rice's previous best finish in NCAA singles play had been by Wood, who reached the round of 16 in 1985... Beazant opened singles play by upsetting eighth-seeded Anett Schutting of California 7-5, 6-3, then clinched All-American status with a dramatic 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win over Aeriel Ellis of Texas... After splitting first two sets, Ellis took a 5-2 lead in the decisive third set and was one point from ending the match in the pivotal eighth game... Beazant fought off multiple winning shots before winning the point, then winning five consecutive games... She moved to the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-2 win over North Carolina's Caroline Price 6-1, 6-2 before Alabama's Alexa Guarachi ended Beazant's run with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 verdict... Beazant and Dominique Harmath also qualified for doubles for the second consecutive year, but drew the tournament's top seeds (Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia of Georgia... Beazant and Harmath started strongly, taking the first set 6-3 and battling to a draw in the first eight games of the second set, before the Bulldogs' duo put an end to the Owls' hopes of an upset by winning the final eight games to advance 3-6, 6-4, 6-0...Regular Season: Repeat All C-USA first team selection in singles and second team selection with Dominique Harmath in doubles... Qualified for both NCAA singles and doubles for the second consecutive year... Finished the regular season with a 17-3 singles mark, closing with a 15-match winning streak... Winning streak also featured a stretch in which she won 29 consecutive sets before a second set loss in her C-USA semis match... Last two regular season matches were unfinished... Was 6-2 in the regular season vs. ranked opponents, including wins in her last four... Earned her fourth C-USA Women's Tennis Athlete of the week after leading the Owls' first-ever win over Texas... Combined with Dominique Harmath to upset UT's 12th ranked duo of Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott, 9-7 to clinch the doubles point and then downed two-time All-American Aeriel Ellis 6-3, 6-1 in singles to give the Owls a 2-0 lead... Fall: Posted a 9-3 mark in singles and teammated with Dominique Harmath for a 6-3 mark in doubles... Qualified for the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in both singles and doubles... In singles, she went 1-2, dropping her opening match to Nicole Bartnik of Columbia (6-3, 6-2), then defeating Lauren McHale of North Carolina 6-4, 6-2 in her first consolation match before losing to Mary Anne Macfarlane of Alabam (6-3, 6-4)...In doubles competition, Beazant and Harmath lost 8-3 to Macfarlane and Alexa Guarachi of Alabama and then 8-5 to Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay of Stanford...Qualified for the ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, NY, and lost her opening match to Robin Anderson of UCLA... She then had to withdraw because of an injury... Captured both the singles and doubles titles at the Midland Invite.
Swept C-USA Honors, being named Player and Freshman of the Year, Outstanding Singles and Doubles of the Championships and first team All C-USA... Fifth player in C-USA history to be named both Player and Freshman of the Year...Second Owl to win Player of the Year (Blair DiSesa, 2006), Freshman of the Year (Julie Chao, 2007) and Outstanding Singles (Alanna Rodgers, 2006)...Teamed with Dominique Harmath to be the first Owls to earn Outstanding Doubles of the Championship... Named Rice Athletics Freshman of the Year after compiling a sterling 25-2 record in her freshman year, including a 22-2 mark at No. 1.... . 2-0 in tiebreakers and 2-1 in three set matches... Won 17 consecutive singles matches before falling to Robin Anderson of UCLA in the NCAA Sweet 16 match... 9-2 vs. ranked opponents... only losses were to #5 Anderson and #6 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar of Texas AaM (in three sets).... had wins over #15 Mary Anne Macfarlane of Alabama, #17 Kristi Boxx of Ole Miss, #47 Ecaterina Vasenina of USF, #54 Anastasia Erofeeva of Tulsa (twice), #55 Edyta Cieplucha of SMU, #85 Stefanie Tan of TCU and #123 Allison Falkin of Ilinois (twice)... Finished the year ranked 37th, highest ranked Owl in singles since Wendy Wood was ranked 13th at the end of the 1986 season, and third-best in school history (Tracie Blumentritt in 1983). No Owl has ranked higher than 71st (Antonette Veloso in 1992) since that time. First Rice qualifier for the the NCAA singles championship since Blair DiSesa in 2006 and her win over Stacey Tan of Stanford was the Owls first win in NCAA singles since Wood in 1986... Teamed with Dominique Harmath to earn Rice's highest doubles ranking in history, finishing 20th after closing the seson by winning the first doubles match in school history with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Alabama's Antonia Foehse a Mary Anne Macfarlane... Fall: Wrapped up fall work with a 7-2 record in singles, and matched that with a combined 7-2 mark in doubles play... Played only two games but came away with a pair of titles in the final round of the 2011 Rice Invitational... Teammed with Stephanie Nguyen to win the doubles title when teammate Dominique Harmath was force to retire with in injury. Injury also forced Harmath to forfeit the singles final vs. Bezant... Advanced to the third round of the ITA Regionl in singles. Combined with Harmath to reach the third round in doubles at the ITA Regional.
Owns a career high junior world ranking of #94 in May of 2010 and qualified for Wimbledon juniors this in singles....Won the AirBerlin German Junior Championships (Grade 1 ITF) and Costa Rica Bowl (Grade 3 ITF) title in doubles.
Full Name: Natalie Beazant... Born: 4/11/93, at, Leigh, England ... Parents: Darren and Carol Beazant, Leigh... one brother, Bradley who is a walk-on linebacker at Rice... Sport Management major.
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