|Mirela Vladulescu -
Posted a team high 10-1 singles record during three fall tournaments ... ranked no. 68 on the ITA preseason poll ... defeated four ranked opponents during singles play ... defeated teammate Margaux Melsheimer to win the singles title at the Georgia Tech/Holiday Inn Midway North Invitational (Sept. 22-23) ... also won the doubles title with partner Monika Schmid at the same tournament ... won the singles and doubles title at the June Stewart Invitational (Oct. 27-29).
1999-2000: Posted an 18-2 overall singles record on the season ... posted the same record at no. 1 singles ... named Co-Conference USA Most Valuable Player ... named First Team All-Conference USA ... named Confernce USA Athlete of the Week (March 15) ... ranked #24 in the ITA preseason poll ... posted an 11-3 record at no. 1 doubles with partner Monika Schmid ... did not compete in the fall due to shoulder surgery.
1998-99: Due to a shoulder problem, Vladulescu played much of the 1998-99 season injured and was forced to serve underhanded for most of her matches, making her accomplishments all the more remarkable ... named First Team All-Conference USA ... ranked #3 in the ITA preseason poll ... named the Conference USA Women’s Tennis Player of the Week (April 13, 1999) ... finished the season ranked 35th nationally and 11th in the South Region ... knocked off two ranked opponents in dual match play in the spring, #15 Elisa Penalvo of no. 35 Marquette 6-2, 6-1 (Feb. 28, 1999) and T#38 Andrea Piski of no. 60 Auburn 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 (Feb. 21, 1999) ... participated in the 1999 NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championships for the second consecutive season ... posted a 26-9 overall singles record on the season ... was 16-3 at no. 1 singles on the season ... went on an 11-match singles winning streak from Jan. 31 - Apr. 3, 1999 ... received the Sington Award as Alabama’s Collegiate Female Athlete of the Year ... posted a 10-1 overall record at no. 1 doubles with partner Monika Schmid ... Vladulescu and Schmid knocked off #42 Nadia Karpol and Manjha Patel of no. 70 Louisville 8-2 at the Conference USA Championships (Apr. 18, 1999) ... Schmid and Vladulescu went on a 10-match winning streak in doubles from Feb. 21 - April 16 ... advanced to the finals at the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championships (Sept. 24-27, 1998) ... defeated four ranked opponents during the fall, #88 Meg Griffin (Maryland), #18 Ivona Mihailova (Mississippi), #7 Martina Nedelkova (Virginia Commonwealth) and #36 Barbara Urbanska (Stanford).
1997-98: 1998 ITA National Rookie Player of the Year, ITA Regional Rookie Player of the Year, Conference USA Most Valuable Player, C-USA Freshman of the Year ... received NCAA All-America honors, making her the first All-American in the history of the UAB women’s tennis program ... was named First Team All-Conference USA ... advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships at South Bend, Ind., making her the only singles player in UAB’s history to advance to that round ... Vladulescu knocked off #44 Julie Ditty (Vanderbilt), #33 Cristina Popescu (UCLA) and #22 Stephanie Nickitas (Florida) before losing to #7 Julie Scott (Stanford) in the quarterfinal match ... was selected as one of the Honda Award Sports nominees; the award is based on athletic achievements, leadership, academic excellence and community involvement ... by virtue of being nominated for the award Vladulescu received a $1000 check in her name, which was donated to the general scholarship fund at UAB ... went 40-3 overall in 1997-98, which is the best single season record in the history of the UAB tennis program ... was 20-2 versus ranked opponents ... went 7-0 against Conference USA opponents ... won 15 matches in straight sets and only went to three sets on three occasions, and won two of those matches during spring play ... ranked as high as seventh in the ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings in doubles play with partner Paula Biggs ... advanced to the round of 16 with with Biggs in doubles play at the NCAA Championships ... won both the 1997 ITA Clay Court National Championships and the Riviera Women’s All-American Championships, and became the first women’s tennis player to win the first two legs of the Collegiate Grand Slam … by virtue of her two Grand Slam titles, she qualified for the main draw of the Rolex National Intercollegiate Championships … Vladulescu is the first UAB singles player (men’s or women’s) to win a Collegiate Grand Slam event … went 16-0 in singles play during the fall and won 32 of 34 sets played … a total of 12 victories came against ranked players, nine against players ranked in the top 15 … was named ITA National Player of the Month for October 1997 … she was featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces In The Crowd” after her Clay Court championship run … in the Clay Court Championships, Vladulescu came all of the way from the pre-qualifying draw and won 11 straight matches (in 8 days) and 22 of 23 total sets (only three set match was in the semifinals) … she was only the second player to win the title from prequalifying … Vladulescu beat six nationally-ranked players in the main draw (in order): #4 Cristina Moros (Texas), #76 Simona Nedorostova (Southwestern Louisiana), #15 Romana Tedjakasuma (Nicholls State), #13 Zuzana Lesenarova (San Diego) in the quarterfinals, #7 Lauren Nikolaus (William & Mary) in the semis and #1 Agnes Muzamel (Ole Miss), 6-2, 6-2 in the championship match … Nikolaus was the top seed in the main draw and the defending Clay Court champion, while Muzamel was a quarterfinalist in the NCAA Championships in 1997 … in the Riviera, Vladulescu automatically qualified for the main draw and won five matches … she beat Muzamel in the quarterfinals, the defending champion in the event, #3 Vanessa Webb (Duke) in the semifinals and #17 Marissa Catlin (Georgia) in the championship match … became the first UAB singles player (men’s or women’s) to be ranked #1 in the ITA poll (Dec. 6, 1997) ... sustained that ranking for the majority of the 1997-98 season.
Odds and Ends: Born 3/11/77 in Resita, Romania … daughter of Ilie and Vicoria Vladulescu … played for Susi Schaffner -- sister of former UAB All-American Frank Schaffner -- at Theoretical Gymnasium in Leimen, Germany ... majoring in physical education.