Coach White Says... "Plagued with injuries this fall, we have not yet seen Melissa's potential. With that behind us, her strong double-handed forehand and backhand will give her the edge to put her opponents on the defensive as she attacks the ball. I look for Melissa to take the offensive early in the points and control the outcome with her aggressive game style."
Rice -- Fall 2005: Won two out of three singles matches at the Deacon Classic... Teamed with both Medeja Egic and Christine Dao in doubles action.
High School -- 2005 graduate of Badminton School in Bristol, England.
Personal -- Full Name: Melissa Kavanagh-Patel. Born: April 6, 1987, at Nairobi, Kenya. Parents: Mahendra Patel and Stella Kavanagh-Patel of Bristol, England (one brother). College: Will Rice.