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    Blakeley Griffith     
     
      Blakeley Griffith
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Middleburg, Va.

High School:
Loudoun County

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:
11/14/1984

SONIA HAHN-PATRICK ON GRIFFITH:

"Blakeley has improved tremendously since her freshman year due to her hard work and determination. She has become more aggressive, and I expect strong leadership from her both on and off the court."

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

SENIOR (FALL 2006): Ranked as the No. 1 player in the Southeast Region following a stellar fall campaign, in which she went 12-2 in singles play and 8-2 in doubles...Claimed the ITA Southeast Region Singles Championship, earning an automatic berth into the ITA National Indoor Championships, where she advanced to the Round of 32 after defeating the highest-ranked opponent of her career, No. 5 Zsuzanna Fodor of California, 6-1, 6-2...Opened the fall season in style as well, picking up first flight titlist honors at the St. Mary's Classic in Knoxville.

JUNIOR (2005-06): Was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Third Team after finishing the season with a 17-18 record, including a 14-11 mark in dual match play....Played mostly at the No. 3 position, going 11-6...Faced 15 nationally-ranked opponents on the season, including a 6-1, 7-5 victory over No. 46 Caitlin Collins of North Carolina that marked the biggest win of her career to that point...Claimed a critical point in the team's 4-3 victory over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals, as she recorded a three-set triumph, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, over Evgenia Subbotina...Compiled an 18-13 record in doubles play for the season...Was a stalwart at the No. 2 position with partner Victoria Jones, as the duo posted a 13-10 mark in dual-match play...Teamed with Jones to earn a stunning, 9-8 (14-12) comeback win against No. 19 South Carolina's tandem of Christyn Lucas and Danielle Wiggins...During the fall season, combined with junior Bryce Marable to go 4-2 in doubles and claim the second-flight title at the Furman Fall Classic...The duo finished sixth in first-flight doubles at the St. Mary's Classic...Earned a second-place finish at the St. Mary's Classic in first-flight singles, winning her first two matches before falling in the finals to Wake Forest's Alexandra Hirsch, 6-4, 6-0...Competed in the Riviera All-American Tournament, falling to two ranked opponents.

SOPHOMORE (2004-05): Earned second team All-SEC honors after recording a mark of 20-14 on the year in singles play, including a 13-10 record in dual matches...Her efforts allowed Griffith to conclude the campaign ranked 86th by the ITA...Picked up four victories against ranked opposition, including toppling No. 33 Kim Coventry of Kentucky in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3...Was a force to be reckoned with in doubles play, as she registered an overall mark of 21-7...When joined with Bryce Marable, the tandem went 9-3 in dual matches, including a perfect 8-0 at the third position...Paired with Ashley Robards, the duo brought home the flight two doubles title at the Freeman Memorial Championship...At the St. Mary's Classic, the doubles pair of Griffith and Victoria Jones claimed the championship in the third flight of play...At the same event, Griffith advanced to the finals of flight three in singles play...Took care of business in the classroom as well, as she was honored by the league as the Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year...Selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Second Team...Member of SEC Good Works Team.

FRESHMAN (2003-04): Went a team-best 31-13 in singles play...Owned a 3-2 mark against ranked opponents, including a win over then-No. 65 Sara Anundsen of North Carolina on Feb. 15...Recorded the match-clinching point for UT twice...Registered a dramatic three-set win over Wisconsin's Lindsay Martin, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), to clinch victory for the Lady Vols in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, a 4-3 win...Put together a six-match win streak from Feb. 6-27...In addition to her success in singles, Griffith was no slouch in doubles play, amassing a record of 18-10...Paired primarily with Sabita Maharaj to earn a record of 9-4...Opened her Lady Vol career in impressive fashion, compiling an 8-2 record during the fall season...Claimed the flight No. 4 singles title in her first collegiate tournament, the St. Mary's Fall Classic...Earned appointment to the SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll and the Lady Vol Honor Roll.

HIGH SCHOOL:

Claimed Virginia state singles championships as a sophomore, junior and senior...Compiled a 22-0 singles record during her senior season en route to leading Loudoun County H.S. to the state championship with an unblemished 18-0 mark.

PERSONAL:

Griffith has maintained a cumulative 3.96 GPA while pursuing a degree in English....Would like to play pro tennis after graduation...Enjoys being with friends and cooking in her spare time...States her biggest sports thrill as winning the team state prep championship her senior year...Has one brother, Phillip, 26; and one sister, Mary Clare, 13...Blakeley Electra Griffith, the daughter of Fredrick and Barbara Griffith, was born on Nov. 14, 1984, in Leesburg, Va.

GRIFFITH'S COLLEGIATE RECORD

SINGLES
YearNo.1No. 2No. 3No. 4No. 5No. 6DualTourneySeason
2003-048-111-919-1012-331-13
2004-0510-10 3-0 13-107-420-14
2005-063-511-614-113-717-18
Fall 200612-212-2

TOTALS13-1522-711-946-3134-16 80-47

DOUBLES
YearNo.1No. 2No. 3DualTourneySeason
2003-0410-610-68-518-11
2004-051-310-211-510-221-7
2005-06 13-10 13-105-318-13
Fall 2006 8-2 8-2

TOTALS14-1319-633-1931-1264-31

GRIFFITH UP CLOSE

Nicknames: BG
Favorite Food: Jambalaya, pasta and pizza
Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride
Favorite Childhood Memory: Playing tennis with my dad
Favorite Vacation Spot: The beach
Favorite Hang Out Spot on Campus: Goodfriend Tennis Center
Favorite Hobbies Outside of Tennis: Cooking, eating, shopping, working out, being with friends
Favorite Athlete: Rafael Nadal
Favorite Tennis Racket: Prince Shark
Favorite Class at UT: Contemporary Fiction
Favorite Moment at UT: Beating Texas last year because it was a great team match
What three words best describe your personality: Happy, Energetic, Motivated
If you could have dinner with any three people (present or past) who would they be: William Shakespeare, Roger Federer and Harry Potter

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