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TU Senior Day On The Horizon

Women's Tennis Senior Day is set for 1 p.m. April 15 at Case Tennis Center.
Women's Tennis Senior Day is set for 1 p.m. April 15 at Case Tennis Center.
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April 13, 2012

TULSA, Okla. - The No. 26-ranked University of Tulsa women's tennis team is set to celebrate Senior Day at 1 p.m. April 15 at Case Tennis Center when the team plays host to No. 56 Memphis.

Tulsa's four seniors who will be participating in their last home match are Caroline Beaulieu, Bonny Davidson, Anastasia Erofeeva, and Ewa Szatkowska.

Over the last four years, Tulsa has recorded a 79-18 dual record and a 49-4 mark at home. The Golden Hurricane has also won each of the last two Conference USA Championships, and the team has advanced to the NCAA Second Round each of the last two years.

"This turned out to be a big signing class for us," Tulsa Head Coach Dean Orford said. "They have met and exceeded every expectation I had for them four years ago both in the classroom and on the court. They have advanced our program into a consistent top-20 power, and they will leave an amazing legacy here at The University of Tulsa."

TU has competed in the NCAA Championship each of the last three years, and the Golden Hurricane is poised for a return trip to the national tournament this season.

The team has ascended to a school-record ITA national rank of No. 19 each of the last two years.

Caroline Beaulieu
Beaulieu has posted a 33-18 singles record and a 21-11 doubles mark in her four years as a member of the Golden Hurricane. She was named an ITA Scholar Athlete her junior year, and she will graduate in May 2012 with a degree in biochemistry.

 

 

"Caroline has been a well-rounded student-athlete ever since she got here," Orford said. "She has been a great representative of the program and the university. I have no doubt she will be extremely successful as she leaves us and heads to pharmacy school."

Bonny Davidson
Davidson came to Tulsa after transferring from Florida State University, and she has seen much success since becoming a member of the Golden Hurricane family. She owns a 26-21 record in singles play at Tulsa, and she is 48-20 in doubles action.

"Bonny brought a wealth of experience to us both from her junior days and her time at Florida State," Orford said. "She played a vital role as a doubles player her first year, and she has contributed in both singles and doubles this year. Her consistent production has been extremely important to the success we've had over the last two years."

Davidson excels both on the court and in the classroom. She was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI Team junior year. The exercise and sports science major will graduate in December 2012.

Anastasia Erofeeva
Erofeeva owns a 108-34 singles record and a 104-34 doubles mark in her four years. She owns the school record in career doubles victories and combined victories (212), and she is one singles win shy of tying for second place in school history.

Erofeeva has been named to the Conference USA Singles Second Team twice (2011, 2010), and she has also landed on the C-USA Third Team twice (2011 Doubles, 2009 Singles). Erofeeva also picked up her first three C-USA Tennis Athlete of the Week honors this season.

"Anastasia joined us as a 16-year-old freshman, and she has matured into the winningest player in school history," Orford said. "The most impressive thing about her success is that she has achieved such a great record while playing the majority of her career at the first and second positions."

Her current national singles rank of No. 70 is a career best, while she obtained a career-best doubles rank of No. 58 on March 2, 2010. Her and Szatkowska currently comprise the No. 89-ranked tandem. Erofeeva will graduate in July 2012 with a degree in exercise and sports science.

Ewa Szatkowska
Szatkowska has an 86-43 singles mark and a 90-29 record in doubles. She is one doubles victory shy of tying for second all-time, her 176 combined victories are fourth-most in school history, and her singles wins rank as the sixth-most in Tulsa history.

Szatkowska was named to the 2011 Conference USA Singles Third Team and the 2011 C-USA Doubles Third Team.

"Ewa has been a tremendous team captain for us the last two years, and she has been a leader for us ever since she stepped on campus," Orford said. "She is the type of player who leads by example, and she has such great character. She is a tremendous competitor who has held down a position in the top half of the lineup for the majority of her career."

She ascended to a career-high doubles rank of No. 45 on Sept. 4, 2009. Szatkowska and Erofeeva will go down in school history as one of the greatest doubles teams to ever play at Tulsa. They have been together for the last three years, and they are 79-18 as a doubles team. She is majoring in exercise and sports science and is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.

QUOTES FROM CURRENT TEAMMATES:
Junior Michelle Farley

On the class as a whole...
"All four seniors will be missed by everyone for what they have brought to the team and their individual uniqueness."

On Beaulieu...
"Caroline is an inspiration to any college athlete in the way she balances an extremely difficult major with her sport, while still managing to practice and train hard."

On Davidson...
"Bonny is a great team player and friend. She was always willing to work above and beyond what was expected of her and she still managed to find a way to make everyone smile during our practice sessions. She has achieved so much at TU both on the court and in the classroom, proving to anyone that it is possible to do both and still succeed."

On Erofeeva...
"Nastia has achieved so much and grown so much as a person and tennis player. She has contributed so much to the team and really stepped up this year at the No. 1 position. We will all miss her and what she brings to the court day in and day out."

On Szatkowska...
"Ewa has been a great captain and role model for the last three years for me and the whole team, not just on the court but off as well. It will be hard for anyone to fill her shoes."

Sophomore Samantha Vickers
On Beaulieu...
"Caroline has an amazing work ethic on and off the court, and she has always been an extremely helpful and supportive teammate. Her happy-go-lucky attitude is always encouraging and puts everyone in good spirits. With her personality and work ethic, she will achieve great things."

On Davidson...
"Bonny has been like a big sister to me and is a great person to be around. She has great fighting spirit and always gives the team a boost. Playing doubles with Bons has been a thrill and I couldn't have asked for a better partner."

On Erofeeva...
"Stacia has been an amazing teammate to play alongside and has been a great inspiration to me since Day One of my freshman year. She will be one of the biggest names in Tulsa's records for years to come."

On Szatkowska...
"You couldn't find a player more willing to put 100 percent into everything they do. She competes her absolute hardest every time she steps onto the court, and she has an amazing get-up-and-go attitude. It's impossible not to like Ewa because she brings a smile to your face!"