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  Bonnie Bleecker
  • University of Florida (1995-98)
  • 5-8, Right-handed
  • Indianapolis, Ind. (North Central HS) 1998
  • Primary Positions: No. 6 singles & No. 3 doubles (with M.C. White)

CAREER NOTES: Ranked No. 6 all-time in UF history for singles wins (135)... No. 4 all-time for career winning percentage (85.4%)... No. 3 for single season winning percentage (93.3%, 28-2 in 1995)... No. 6 all-time for doubles career win percentage (83.7%, 87-17)... tied-No. 10 season doubles wins (32-3 in 1997)... UF posted an impressive 116-4 dual match record during her four-year career, which included four SEC regular season titles, four SEC Tournament championships, two National Team Indoor Titles (1996 & ‘97), two NCAA titles (1996 & 1998) and two NCAA runner-up finishes (1995 & 1997)...

AS A SENIOR (1997-98): Captain of the 1997-98 squad.
Singles: undefeated in dual match play this season (20-0)... logged a perfect 51-0 singles record versus SEC opponents in dual match play during her career, including the 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory over Georgia’s Christa Gray (April 19) which clinched UF’s fourth consecutive SEC Tournament title... opened the season dropping her first two matches at the Clay Court Championships, but has been on an impressive streak since... won 20 consecutive matches to end her career... reached the finals of the SEC Coaches Fall Classic, before losing to teammate Traci Green 6-3, 4-6, 6- 4... advanced to the semifinals of the Gator Fall Classic, but lost to teammate Dawn Buth 6-2, 6-4... lost in the third round of the Rolex South Regional Qualifier to Georgia Southern’s Anita Buggins 6-3, 6-3... celebrated her 21st birthday at home in front of the Gator fans, who serenaded her with “Happy Birthday,” before her 45 minute 6-1, 6-0 singles victory over Auburn’s Summa Edwards... ranked No. 6 all-time in Florida history for singles victories... 0-1 in three-set matches... 0-3 vs. ranked opponents.
Doubles: Primary dual match position: No. 3 with M.C. White... opened the season with a No. 19 ITA ranking with White, was not listed due to insufficient data (few matches played)... in the regular season finale rallied from a 7-5 pro set deficit versus Auburn’s Kozlowski & Edwards at the No. 3 position to post a 9-8 (7-0) win... clinched the SEC Tournament No. 1 seed for the Gators with a 8-3 victory over Georgia’s Christa Grey & Zoe Mellis... paired with Dawn Buth during the fall and reached the finals of the Rolex South Regional Qualifier, before losing 8-5 to No. 2 ranked Courtney Chapman & Agnes Muzamel from Missis-sippi... 34-2 all-time in doubles with White.
Honors: earned SEC Academic Honor Roll honors for the third consecu-tive year... first team All-SEC at No. 6 singles & No. 1 doubles (with White)... named Most Valuable Player (team award)...

AS A JUNIOR (1996-97): Bonnie Bleecker served as captain of the 1997 squad... sported an 18-match singles win streak entering the NCAA Championships, but dropped a tough 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 decision to Pepperdine’s Sophia Csapo, ranked 39th, in the first round of the NCAA Singles Champinships... recipient of the Tennis Magazine/ITA South Region Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship award... posted a 21-0 overall doubles record with M.C. White... earned a bid to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship for the second consecutive year... earned first team All-Southeastern Conference at the No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles (with M.C. White) positions... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll with a 3.72 grade point average in Telecommunications... recipient of the Dorothy Anderson Scholarship, presented to the team’s best representative of balancing academics, character on & off the court and community service... clinched the dual match victory in three straight matches in mid-March, capped by the 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 win over Duke’s Diana Spadea at the No. 6 singles slot... paired with White for the 8-2 doubles win to clinch UF’s SEC Tournament semifinal win over Tennessee... the duo also cliched the National Team Indoor team victories over Southern Cal (8-6) in the quarterfinals and over Arizona (8-5) in the semifinals... won the 100th singles match of her career with the 6-1, 6-1 victory over Texas’ Farley Taylor at the No. 5 position on March 29... highest ranked opponent she defeated was then-No. 16 ranked Baili Camino 6-1, 6-3 of Alabama in the third round of the Georgia Invita-tional... 5-5 versus ranked opponents... 3-4 record in three-set matches.

SUMMER OF 1996: Bleecker competed in a pair of satellite tourna-ments — one in Lawrenceville, Ga., and the other in Hilton Head, S.C....Spent two weeks at home in Indianapolis where she played golf everyday with her mom...Returned to Gainesville and aced both classesshe took (American Literature & Statistics), while volunteering as a “Cuddler” at Shands Hospital and interning at Magic 101.3 radio station.

AS A SOPHOMORE (1995-96): Bleecker was recognized by the team as its Most Improved Player...Emerged as the team leader...Very energetic and outgoing on as well as off the court...The serve-and-volleyer earned first team All-Southeastern Conference honors at No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles (with Divya Merchant)...Finished the season ranked No. 42 in singles and no. 27 in doubles...Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll with a 3.36 GPA in telecommunications... Won the Georgia Invitational in January as an unranked player, plowing through four ranked opponents en route to her first collegiate title...Three of her eight losses were against Florida teammates, including the semifinal match of the Lady Seminole Classic (to Lisa Pugliese), the finals at the Women’s Fall Classic (to Cathrine Insteboe) and the quarterfinals of the SEC Coaches Classic (to Pugliese)...Compiled a 7-3 record against ranked opponents, including the 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (3) upset victory over ninth-ranked Laurne Nikolaus of William & Mary in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships...Advanced to the second round of the NCAA Doubles Championships before bowing to fourth-ranked Keri Phebus/Paige Yaroshuk of UCLA...8-1 in three-set matches.

SUMMER OF 1995: Earned two medals (gold, silver) playing on the West squad at the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival...Captured the gold medal in women’s doubles with partner Katherine Ashley and the silver medal in mixed doubles with partner Ty Braswell of Florida State...Won the singles title at the week two event of the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit presented by the USTA...Also participated in two satellite tournaments in Dublin, Ireland, and Portugal, losing to seeded players in the second round of each.

AS A FRESHMAN (1994-95): Named to the All-SEC first team singles squad at the No. 6 position...Selected the Evelyn Puckett Most Improved Player with teammate Lisa Pugliese at the Annual Lady Gator Tennis Booster Club luncheon...Qualified with fellow freshman Dawn Buth for NCAA Doubles Championships, reaching the second round before losing a three-set match to Keirsten Alley/Pam Nelson of California...Finished the season with a 28-2 overall singles mark and 11-5 record in doubles...Posted a 26-1 dual match mark at the No. 6 position...Undefeated in SEC at 13-0 in first season...Achieved ranking of No. 17 in doubles with Buth in final listing...Posted a 22-match win streak, the longest on the team, to end the season...Recorded a 56-6 overall aggregate set record, including a streak of 32 consecutive sets...Won first collegiate match in the opening round of the Georgia Invitational with a three-set victory over Gulberk Gultekin of Alabama Birmingham, the No. 8 seed and No. 28-ranked player in the nation...Reached the third round before losing to Tina Samara of Georgia...Joined the team in January after graduating early from Indianapolis’ North Central High School in December.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Graduated early from North Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind., to attend Florida...Compiled an 88-2 record playing at the No. 1 position for NCHS, winning the individual state championship during her sophomore and junior seasons and helping her squad to the team title in 1992...List of titles also includes a sweep of the singles and doubles championships at the 1994 Western Closed Champi-onships, the 1994 Franklin Indoor Championship singles title and the 1993 National Hardcourt doubles title...Ranked No. 8 in singles and No. 1 in doubles nationally in the 16’s in 1993...Also participated in soccer, basketball and Tae Kwon Do...Coached by Heather Iffert in high school.

PERSONAL: Full name is Bonnie Kay Bleecker...Daughter of Marc and Mary Lou Bleecker... Born on April 12, 1977...A 1995 graduate of North Central High School...Hobbies include mountain biking, reading and drawing...Hopes to play professional tennis and become a tennis commentator...Finished among the top 10 percent in class of 635 students...Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club... major is telecommunications.


CAREER RECORD
OVERALL DUAL SEC NCAA OVERALL DUAL SEC NCAA
YEAR SINGLES SINGLES SINGLES SINGLES DOUBLES DOUBLES DOUBLES DOUBLES
1995 28-2 26-1 13-0 4-0 11-5 10-4 2-1 1-2
1996 42-8 24-3 13-0 4-2 27-5 15-1 8-1 1-1
1997 36-8 23-1 12-0 0-1 32-3 23-0 10-0 0-0
1998 29-5 20-0 13-0 0-0 17-4 12-2 6-1 0-0
Totals 135-23 93-5 51-0 8-3 87-17 60-7 26-3 2-3
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