Honors at Rice
2005-06, 2006-07 & 2007-08 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll; 2006 & 2007 C-USA Academic Medalist; 2006 & 2007 ITA Scholar Athlete.
2007-08 Season (Junior)
Combined for a 12-7 singles record seeing action at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 spots ... won 10 of her 15 decisions at the No. 5 position ... was 5-1 in three-set matches ... shared team lead with Rebecca Lin providing four match-clinching points, including a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Fernanda Carrero of No. 75 Jacksonville (Feb. 3) ... joined Varsha Shiva-Shankar in notching back-to-back road wins at Mississippi State (Feb. 8) and Alabama (Feb. 10) ... strung together four consecutive wins to finish the season, including a comeback 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Houston's Vicky Simpson to clinch a 4-3 victory in the C-USA quarterfinals (April 18) ... paired with Shiva-Shankar for a sparkling 13-4 doubles tally in the No. 3 spot that included an 10-match winning streak (Feb. 10-April 5) ... duo picked up wins over Alabama (Feb. 10), No. 26 Texas (Feb. 17), No. 69 Cal State Northridge (March 2), UCF (March 11) and SMU (April 5) during the streak ... studied abroad in Spain during the 2007 fall semester.
2006-07 Season (Sophomore)
Tallied a 9-13 record during the dual match season mostly seeing action at the No. 6 spot ... turned in an impressive 7-1 record in three-set matches ... notched a three-set comeback victory against Auburn's Heather Bybee (Feb. 11) ... won six of her final nine decisions (March 16-April 21) ... clinched both upset victories at the C-USA Championships (April 19-20) ... knocked off Houston's Neila Starratt in a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 triumph in the opening round ... provided a 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 win in the quarterfinals against Georgiana Mara of No. 52 SMU (April 20) ... played doubles at the No. 3 position with five different partners ... notched an 8-6 win with Christine Dao against No. 48 Oklahoma State (Feb. 4) ... opened the C-USA Championship turning in a dominant 8-1 victory with Dao against Houston (April 19) ... went 8-8 in singles during fall season ... advanced to the consolation semifinals of her flight at the Baylor Invitational ... closed out the fall by winning four of her final six matches, including twice rallying from a set back for wins at the Harvard Invitational.
2005-06 Season (Freshman)
Walk-on freshman finished the year with an 11-11 mark after going 7-8 in the No. 6 singles hole ... notched a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory against Tulsa's Agostina Santoro to clinch the Owls' 4-3 victory ... posted a 4-3 fall record in singles in her first semester as an Owl ... partnered with Amy Cao in doubles play.
2005 graduate of Wakefield High School in Raleigh, N.C ... named 2003 Player of the Year by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after leading Grapevine High School to the district title.
Daughter of Derek and Constance Braid ... born on June 16, 1987 ... has three brothers ... majoring in political science and English ... member of Hanszen College.
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