Lucia Sainz
    Lucia Sainz

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Barcelona, Spain

    High School:
    Santa Teresa de Jesus

    Height:
    5-6

    At Fresno State: (2005-06) A 2006 All-American ... advanced to the finals of the NCAA doubles championships with partner Katharina Winthalter ... a first-team All-WAC selection in both singles and doubles ... finished her career ranked sixth all-time in Fresno State history with 79 career singles wins ... finished the year with 25 singles wins and 39 doubles wins ... went 5-2 in three-set matches ... won eight in a row from April 6 to May 12 ... helped the 'Dogs to their fifth straight WAC championship and a sweet sixteen appearance ... completed the fall season by going 6-3 in singles and an amazing 16-3 in doubles ... in singles she reached was 3-1 at the ITA Northwest Regionals, making it all the way to the quaterfinals ... in doubles she partnered with fellow senior Katharina Winterhalter to dominate many of the nation's top doubles teams ... in the ITA All-American Championships, Sainz and Winterhalter won six consecutive matches, beat four teams in the Top 20, including No. 1 ranked Georgia , and lost only to No. 2 Notre Dame 9-8 (7), in the final ... then in late October, the tandem became only the second doubles team in Fresno State history to win the fall ITA Northwest Regional doubles championship, beating No. 6 Barnes/Yelsey of Stanford ... participated in the doubles draw of the National Indoor Championships.

    (2004-05) A first-team All-WAC honoree in singles and doubles ... finished second on the team with 26 singles wins and tied for the lead with 16 wins in dual matches ... was exceptional in doubles, winning 32 matches overall on the season ... teamed with Courtney Jantz to form a nationally-ranked doubles team the entire year. The duo went 29-7 (19-5 dual) and wound up ranked 34th nationally in the season-ending poll ... her 67 career doubles wins is most among active players ... finished the season very strong, winning six of her last seven matches, including a thorough dismantling of 98th-ranked Davina Meninburu of Oregon in the NCAA Tournament ... her 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (2) victory against Long Beach State was the clincher in Fresno State's 4-3 victory ... played the majority of the spring with mononucleosis, which makes her impressive record even that much better ... was the Bulldogs' best player during the fall, going 10-5 in singles and 13-4 in doubles ... with Jantz, she reached the doubles final of the ITA Regionals, defeating three seeded teams along the way ... the tandem also reached the finals of the Saint Mary's Invitational before the tournament was rained out on the final day ... in singles, she advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA Northwest Regionals and the quarterfinals of the Saint Mary's Invitational ... an Academic All-WAC honoree for the second time in her career.

    (2003-04) Enjoyed a tremendous turnaround from her freshman to sophomore season ... was a second-team All-WAC selection in doubles ... went 22-13 in singles and 25-9 in doubles ... had 16 more singles victories in 2003-04 than in 2002-03 ... her improvement was a huge reason Fresno State was able to advance to the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 for just the second time ever ... was one of three Bulldogs to win 20 singles matches ... had two huge match-clinching victories - one against Sacramento State in the first round of the NCAA's and another against SMU that locked up the team's third consecutive WAC title ... had one of the team's best records in three-set matches at 7-4 ... entered the national rankings in doubles with partner Katharina Winterhalter for the first time in either player's career ... Went 7-4 in singles, reaching the quarterfinals of the Bulldog Classic ... along with partner Katharina Winterhalter, was sensational in doubles, racking up a 10-1 record and winning the Bulldog Classic and the Saint Mary's Invitationals.

    (2002-03) Joined the team in January and played primarily at No. 3 singles ... went 6-16 in dual matches, including 4-7 at No. 3 ... was very good in doubles with Winterhalter, going 10-4 in dual matches.

    Prior to Fresno State: Played limited tournaments in Spain as a junior ... was an exceptional paddleball player in her native country.

    Personal: Born Oct. 5, 1984 ... parents' names are Pilar and Jose Luis Sainz ... has two brothers, Borja and Nacho, and a sister, Vega ... was recruited by former Fresno State head coach Kevin Epley when he was in Spain ... She was very successful in paddleball, a popular sport in her native country, and Epley saw a high degree of tennis talent in her ... in fact, she lists her biggest athletics thrill as reaching the semifinals of the World Junior Paddleball Championships ... nickname is Lucky.

    Career Singles Statistics

    YearOverallDualTourn
    2002-036-166-160-0
    2003-0422-1315-97-4
    2004-0526-1116-710-4
    2005-0625-1119-86-3
    Totals79-5156-4023-11

    Career Doubles Statistics

    YearOverallDualTourn
    2002-0312-812-80-0
    2003-0423-915-810-1
    2004-0532-919-513-4
    2005-0639-1219-820-4
    Totals106-3865-2943-9

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