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Julie Smekodub
Julie Smekodub

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Brooklyn, N.Y.

High School:
Midwood

Height:
5-10


Spring 2004: Second-team All-Conference USA selection... Ranked as high as 10th in singles and 10th in doubles with partner Jenny Kuhn... Missed much of the early part of the season with an injury, but won her last seven completed matches.

Fall 2003: Reached the finals of the ITA Southwest Regional for the second straight season... Made the quarterfinals of the ITA Riviera All-American... Had wins over four ITA Top 25 players... Named C-USA Athlete of the Month for October.

Spring 2003: Became the first Tulane women's tennis player to earn All-America honors in singles when she reached the quarterfinals of the singles draw at the NCAA Tournament... Also earned All-America honors in doubles, along with partner Jenny Kuhn, after ending the season ranked 10th by the ITA... Was selected as the ITA Southwest Region Player to Watch... Named first-team All-Conference USA... Battled injuries throughout the year, but finished with a 10-8 record in singles... Teamed with Kuhn to post a 14-6 record in doubles action... Won the Corbett Memorial Award as the Outstanding Female College Athlete in Louisiana, given annually by the Nokia Sugar Bowl... Also named the Outstanding Amateur Athlete in the Greater New Orleans Area by the Sugar Bowl... Finished the year ranked 34th in singles by the ITA.

Fall 2002: Won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Doubles title with partner Jenny Kuhn... The national championship marked Tulane's first-ever national title in a women's sport and the first individual national crown in any sport since 1955... Teamed with Kuhn to win the ITA Southwest doubles title to earn a berth into the National Indoors... Teamed with Kuhn to post an 11-2 record in doubles play, including 11 straight victories... Turned in a 26-5 record in singles during tournament play... Won the singles title at the ITA Southwest Regional... Reached the quarterfinals of the singles draw at ITA National Indoor championships... Reached the second round at the ITA Riviera All-American... Won the singles draw of the Cissie Leary Invitational at Penn.

Prep: Ranked as high as seventh nationally in the girls under-18 listings by the United States Tennis Association (USTA)... Also ranked as high as 277th in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) charts... Listed as the top under-18 girls player in the East region in 2000... Won the singles titles at USTA National Opens in November of 2001 and February of 2002... Finished 5th at the Easter Bowl USTA Supernational Spring Championship in 2002... Reached the quarterfinals of the USTA International Hard Courts in 2001... Was undefeated all four years at Midwood High School... Led MHS to the May's Cup city championship.

Personal: Julie Smekodub was born May 21, 1984 in Brooklyn, N.Y... The daughter of Leonid and Rita Smekodub... Has a sister, Yelena.