Honors at Rice
2006 All-Conference USA Second Team (Singles); 2005-06, 2006-07 & 2007-08 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll; 2005 WAC Scholar Athlete
2007-2008 Season (Senior)
Battled injuries seeing action in four matches throughout the spring season ... lost a hard-fought first-set tiebreaker against Jessica Wente of Florida State (Feb. 1) before retiring with a 1-0 lead in the second set ... fired off a 6-4, 6-1 win against Elna de Villiers of Mississippi State (Feb. 8). Recorded a 4-5 singles mark during the fall season ... strung together a pair of consolation wins at the 27th Annual Rice Classic (Sept. 21-23) and San Diego State Fall Classic (Sept. 28-30) ... dropped opening round decision to Caroline Larsson of Texas at the Wilson/ITA Southwest Regionals (Oct. 19-22) ... played doubles with Dominique Karas and Tiffany Lee ... made semifinals with Karas of No. 2 flight at the 27th Annual Rice Classic winning three of four decisions ... lost both decisions with Lee at the Wilson/ITA Southwest Regionals.
2006-07 Season (Junior)
Saw a majority of action during the dual match season in the No. 2 singles hole ... won three of four matches against opponents from ranked schools (Feb. 9-22) ... turned in straight sets wins against Carolin Walter of No. 60 Florida State (Feb. 9) and Catherine Grotz No. 43 North Carolina State (Feb. 16) ... lost a hard-fought three-set battle (6-1, 3-6, 4-6) to No. 23 ranked Ana Cetnik of No. 26 TCU (March 3) ... match stopped at 6-2, 4-6, 4-4 against Loli Gomez of Houston (April 19) of C-USA Championships ... played doubles with five different partners ... notched an 8-6 win with Emily Braid against No. 48 Oklahoma State (Feb. 4) ... opened the C-USA Championship turning in a dominant 8-1 victory with Braid against Houston (April 19) ... battled through a challenging fall tournament schedule facing three preseason nationally ranked foes ... advanced to the Round of 16 at the ITA Southwest Regional championships with wins against Houston's Sonja Nikolic and Texas A&M's Sarah Foster.
2005-06 season (Sophomore)
Joined teammate Tiffany Lee as the top returners after finishing the year with 23 singles victories ... paired with Lee for a 14-10 doubles mark at the No. 3 spot ... won six of eight three-set decisions ... played exclusively at the No. 2 singles position, posting a 12-13 record ... was 11-7 in singles and 5-7 in doubles during the fall ... reached the semifinals in the Deacon Classic ... strung together wins in five of her last six matches of the fall.
2004-05 season (Freshman)
Finished the year with 16 singles wins and 19 doubles victories with four different partners ... had a 5-2 dual doubles mark with Dominique Karas ... finished the fall by winning four of her last five in singles, including three at the Costa Mesa Intercollegiate Classic ... also finished the dual-match regular season winning four of five ... won four in a row in doubles with Medeja Egic in the spring.
2004 graduate of Granada Hills Charter High School in Northridge, Calif. ... three-year starter for the Highlanders ... named All-City twice, including a spot on The Los Angeles Times squad in 2002 ... also lettered in volleyball and track and field ... member of the principal's honor roll each year ... president of Northridge's community service club and member of Octagon Optimist club.
Daughter of Son and Holly Dao ... born on July 17, 1986 ... has one sister ... majoring in kinesiology ... member of Jones College.
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