TULSA – A three-year letterwinner . . . has established herself as one of the top singles and doubles players at Tulsa . . . she is the first player in school history to post three consecutive seasons with 20 or more victories . . . became the school’s all-time winningest singles player with her 6-1, 6-0, win against Whitney Wells of San Diego State on Sept. 30 . . . begins her senior season with a singles mark of 76-37 (.673) and a doubles record of 64-36 (.640) . . . plays anywhere form the middle to bottom of the singles lineup and the No. 1 doubles position . . . is a two-time all-WAC doubles selection.
FALL OF 2000 – Recorded a singles mark of 9-3 and a doubles record of 12-1 with partner Jana Sedivec . . . won three of four singles matches at the USD/SDSU Tournament and finished in the semifinals . . . captured the Flight #1 singles title at the UH Fall Classic . . . advanced into the round of 16 at the 2000 Central Region Singles Championships . . . in doubles, won five straight matches en route to the Central Region doubles title at the 2000 ITA Central Region Championships . . . claimed the Flight #1 doubles championship at the UH Fall Classic . . . won three straight matches to capture the Flight #1 doubles title at the Hurricane Invitational.
JUNIOR (1999-2000) – Posted a 25-9 singles mark in 1999-2000 . . . was a repeat selection to the all-WAC doubles squad . . . was named to the all-WAC Academic team, the GTE District VI Academic second team and was an ITA Scholar-Athlete All-American . . . in doubles, recorded a 16-17 overall mark with three different partners . . . ended the regular season with 10 straight singles victories . . . was 19-6 in dual single matches during the spring season . . . was named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week twice during the spring season including April 17-23 and Jan. 24-30 . . . her 25 singles wins is the fourth-best mark in a single season . . . was second on the team in singles victories during the regular season . . . recorded a 4-0 record at the fourth singles spot, a 9-4 mark at the fifth position and a 6-2 record at the sixth spot in the lineup, respectively . . . completed the fall season with a 6-3 singles record and a 5-5 doubles mark . . . won two singles matches in each of the three fall tournaments . . . advanced to the Flight #4 singles finals and the Flight #1 doubles at the UH Fall Classic.
SOPHOMORE (1998-99) – Was an all-WAC doubles selection with partner Anousjka van Exel . . . became the school’s first doubles team to participate in postseason play when the duo advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament . . . completed the season with a record of 22-9, including a mark of 22-5 with van Exel . . . was ranked as high as No. 15 during the spring season and was the Central Region’s top doubles tandem . . . ended the season ranked No. 29 in doubles . . . broke into the national polls on Jan. 19 as the nation’s 19th ranked doubles team, which marked the first time TU has ever had a doubles team ranked nationally . . . recorded a mark of 44-18 (.709) with van Exel in two seasons . . . the duo lost just one dual match during the spring campaign . . . finished second on the team in singles wins with a 20-9 record, including a 12-6 dual mark and a 9-3 record at the No. 6 singles position . . . the 20 wins was the sixth-best single-season win total in TU history . . . won six straight matches to capture the 1998 Rolex Region doubles championship with van Exel . . . claimed the Flight III singles title and the doubles title with van Exel at the Hurricane Invitational . . . advanced to the Flight II finals at the San Diego Fall Classic . . . finished the fall with a 6-3 singles record and an 8-4 doubles mark.
FRESHMAN (1997-98) – Completed her freshman campaign second on the team in victories with 22 . . . recorded an overall mark of 22-16 in singles play and 14-9 in doubles . . . the 22 wins ranks second on TU’s single-season victory chart and is the most in school history by a freshman . . . was named to the WAC’s all-Academic team for first year athletes . . . compiled a 11-3 singles record and 9-5 doubles record with partners Anousjka van Exel and Andrea Montoya . . . reached the singles semifinals at the Wichita State Classic and the UC-Irvine Invitational . . . won eight-straight singles matches including a perfect 4-0 mark at the Hurricane Invitational . . . two of her three losses came against teammates Tatiana Chtcherbakova and Monica Poveda.
PRIOR TO TULSA – Won four Oklahoma State tennis titles at Edmond North High School . . . finished her senior year with a 35-0 record and was voted The Daily Oklahoman’s Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997, and The Edmond Evening Sun’s Player of the Year for 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 . . . competed at the National Clay Court Championships and the National Intersectionals.
PERSONAL – Majoring in biology/pre-med. . . . a member of Tri-Delta . . . a three-year member of the President’s Honor Roll and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll . . . was an all-WAC Academic team selection in 1998-99 and 1999-2000 . . . one of two children of Don and Kathi DeSpain . . . born October 20, 1978.
DeSpain’s Career Record Year Singles Doubles 1997-98 22-16 14-9 1998-99 20-9 22-9 1999-00 25-9 16-17 2000-01 9-3 12-1 Totals 76-37 64-36
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