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  Dawn Buth
  • Univ. of Florida (1995-98)
  • 5-3, Right-handed
  • Wichita, Kansas (Southeast High)
  • Seven-Time All-American
    * 1996 & 1997 NCAA Doubles Champion
  • Primary Positions: No. 1 singles & No. 1 doubles (with Stephanie Nickitas)
  • Highest ITA '98 Ranking: 6 ('97-98 preseason)...
  • Highest ITA Doubles Ranking: 1 with Nickitas (five times in 1998: preseason, March 10, 24 & April 7; six times in Ď96; four times in Ď97).

Career Notes: No. 2 all-time at UF for singles wins... tied No. 2 for single season singles wins (50 in 1995)... No. 4 all-time for doubles wins... tied for No. 6 all-time doubles wins in a season (37 in '96)... No. 5 for career doubles win percentage... seven-time All-American... two-time NCAA Doubles champion ('96 & '97) and NCAA Doubles finalist ('98)...UF posted an impressive 112-4 dual match record during her four-year career, which included four SEC regular season titles, four SEC Tourn. titles, two National Team Indoor Titles (1996 & Ď97) and the 1996 NCAA Championship.

AS A SENIOR (1997-98):
Singles:
Final ITA rank: No. 10... Primary dual match position: No. 1... earned bids to compete in her fourth consecu-tive NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships... gave UF a 4-1 lead over Duke in the NCAA team finals with an emotional 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 over No. 3 Vanessa Webb... lost in first round of NCAA singles... clinched SEC Tournament quarterfinal & semifinal wins over Kentucky & Arkansas, respectively, with victories at the No. 1 position... her 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Auburnís Ali Lagrange on April 12, moved her into second place all-time at UF for career singles wins... captured the Gator Fall Classic with a 6- 2, 6-2 victory over teammate Stephanie Nickitas in the final... lost 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 to then-top ranked Agnes Muzamel of Mississippi in the finals of the Rolex South Regional Qualifier... dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Stanfordís Teryn Ashley in the semifinals of the Rolex National Indoor Championships consolation draw... advanced to the third round of the Clay Court Championships, before losing 6-4, 6-2 to Harvardís Ivy Wang... logged a career 41-5 record against SEC opponents in dual match action... 9-5 in three-set matches.
Doubles: Final season ranking: No. 1; Primary dual match position: No. 1 with Nickitas... fell in NCAA Doubles finals to Cal's Jensen & Augustus 7-5, 6-3... crowned champions (with two other teams) of the Clay Court Championship in October, where the Gator duo reached the finals until weather forced the cancellation of the event before the other semifinal match was decided... won the Gator Fall Classic after defeating teammates Green & Hazlett 8-4 in the final... first loss of the year came in the semifinals of the Rolex National Indoor Championship by Stanfordís Ania Bleszynski & Julie Scott 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6)... lost twice to No. 3-ranked Marissa Catlin & Vanessa Castellano of Georgia, 8-5 during the regular season and 8-1 in the SEC Tournament final... paired with Bonnie Bleecker 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 Mississippi... is 91-8 all-time in doubles with Nickitas.
Honors: named ITA Doubles Team of the Month for March (with Stephanie Nickitas) after posting a 5-0 record... SEC Academic Honor Roll honors ... second team All-SEC for singles & doubles (with Nickitas)... Rheua Stakeley Sportsmanship Award (team award)... ITA South Region Senior Player of the Yr

SUMMER OF 1997: Played in the main draw of the U.S. Open Doubles with Nickitas, falling to the No. 7-seeded team of Alexandra Fusai & Nathalie Tauziat 6-7 (13), 6-3, 6-2 in the first round... one of six American collegiate athletes named to the USTA All-American Summer Team.

AS A JUNIOR (1996-97): Teamed with Nickitas and successfully defended the NCAA Doubles Championship by defeating Georgiaís Michelle Anderson & Marissa Catlin 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in the NCAA finals, becoming the first doubles team in the 16-year history of the NCAA Championships to win two doubles titles, nevermind consecutive crowns... earned All-America honors in singles & doubles... upset by Dukeís Wendy Fix in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships... Did not play from March 22, when she retired at 1-1 in the second set versus Mississippiís Agnes Muzamel after suffering an intercostal strain, to May 15, returning for the NCAAs... one of 13 women selected to the Rolex Collegiate All-Star Team... earned bids to compete in the NCAA singles & doubles individual Championships... garnered first team All-Southeastern Conference honors at the No. 1 doubles position (with Stephanie Nickitas)... won the Gator Fall Classic, defeating Dukeís Karin Miller 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the finals... runner-up in the SEC Coaches Fall Classic (losing to Muzamel 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final) and in the Rolex South Region Qualifier (losing to teammate Divya Merchant 6-2, 6-2)... advanced to the semifinals of the Rolex Indoor Championships before falling to Nicholls Stateís Romana Tedjakasuma 6-1, 5-7, 7-5... received a top-10 singles and doubles ranking every week throughout the season... ranked as high as third (preseason) in singles... presented the teamís Rheua Stakeley Sportsmanship award... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll with a 3.31 grade point average in Graphic Arts... 18-9 record versus ranked opponents... 6-5 in three-set matches.

SUMMER OF 1996: One of six American collegiate athletes named to the inaugural USTA All-American Summer Team... Played in several events,highlighted by an appearance in the U.S. Open Doubles Main Draw, where she and Nickitas fell in the first round 6-1, 6-2 to former Gator standout Lisa Raymond and her partner Rennae Stubbs.

AS A SOPHOMORE (1995-96): Buth developed her game into an all-court style, coming to the net more frequently and the results of her work paid-off...earned All-America honors in singles and doubles... closed the season ranked No. 1 in doubles (with Stephanie Nickitas) and No. 5 in singles... won a pair of grand slam doubles titles: the NCAA Championships (with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Cristina Moros/Farley Taylor of Texas) and the Rolex Intercollegiate Championships (with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 win over Anderson/Chauzu of Georgia)... provided the clinching victory in the NCAA semifinal dual match with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 win over UCLAís Paige Yaroshuk... All-SEC first team honors at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles (with Stephanie Nickitas)... advanced to the semifinals of the Rolex singles draw before losing 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to Arizonaís Vicky Maes ...strung together 22 straight wins after the loss to Maes before bowing to Agnes Muzamel of Ole Miss (April 27)...one of six nominees for the prestigious Honda-Broderick Award for Tennis... named ITA national Doubles Team of the Month three times (November, February & April)...earned SEC Academic honors carrying a 3.26 GPA in Natural Resources & Environment ...recog-nized as the teamís Most Valuable Player at the season-ending luncheon... 22-6 versus ranked opponents (four of those losses were to Florida teammates), including the 0-6, 7-5, 6-1 loss to Divya Merchant in the third round of the NCAA Championships ...competed in the Riviera All-American (grand slam event) and advanced to the consolation finals, losing to Merchant 3-6, 6-2, 6-1...lost in the finals of the Lady Seminole Classic (September) to teammate Jill Craybas 7-6, 6-7, 7-6... was a gutsy 16-5 in three-set matches.

AS A FRESHMAN (1994-95): Named ITA Rookie of the Year, the fourth UF player to earn the honor under Brandi...Earned All-America honors in singles...All-SEC first team selection at the No. 2 singles position...Only UF player selected for both the NCAA Singles and Doubles (w/ Bonnie Bleecker) Championships, advancing to the third and second rounds, respectively... received the Neal Anderson Scholastic Award for the highest grade point average on the squad...Posted a 50-6 overall singles record (22-2 Fall, 26-3 Dual, 2-1 NCAA) and 16-7 doubles mark (6-2 Fall, 9-4 Dual, 1-1 NCAA)... played at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles...Finished season ranked No. 6 in singles as the top rated freshman in the country and No. 17 in doubles...Also listed No. 2 in singles in the South Regional Rankings...Completed the season with a 19-match winning streak in dual match play, including three wins in NCAA play...50 wins is the second-best total in the nation to NCAA champion Keri Phebus of UCLA...Posted a 25-5 record against ranked opponents, including victories over NCAA finalist and then-No. 1 ranked Kelly Pace of Texas and then-No. 7 Margie Lepsi of Tennessee in the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Champion-ships in Dallas, Texas...Reached the semifinals of the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships and earned the distinction as the only freshman to advance into the quarterfinals...Claimed three individual titles in the fall...Only fall loss came to teammate Divya Merchant... Won the Lady Seminole Fall Classic Flight B title in first collegiate tournament and completed fall season with win at the Georgia Invitational...Also won the SEC Coaches Fall Tournament singles title, reaching the finals without dropping a set...Claimed the title by default in the finals as teammate Jill Craybas was unable to play due to an injury to her right foot.

SUMMER (1994): Finished third in singles and second in doubles at the Junior Nationals...Selected to U.S. Open Junior field in both singles and doubles... Played with Tara Snyder of Wichita, Kan...Advanced to quarterfinals in singles and second round in doubles...Named to the U.S. team for the 22nd annual Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy...The competition featured women age 21 and under from both the U.S. and Great Britain in an event at the Broadmor Hotel in Col. Springs...The U.S. lost 6-5 with Buth providing a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles over Claire Taylor...Buth also paired with Amanda Basica and lost on the first day 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Julie Pullin and Claire Taylor.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Won six national titles during prep career...Reached the semifinals of both the 1993 and 1994 Easter Bowl tournaments...Advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 1994 U.S. Open Juniors, losing to top-seeded Martina Hingis 4-6, 6-1, 4-6... Swept the singles and doubles crowns at the 1991 National Indoors 18 & under...Ranked No. 8 in the 18 & under age group in 1993, achieving a career-high ranking in 1992 of No. 6...Played No. 1 singles and doubles for Southeast HS under coach Paula Bette during freshman campaign...Won state title to conclude freshman campaign... Also competed in track, finishing fifth in the state in the mile, after claiming the city and regional titles in the mile, 800m and 4x400m relay... also considered Texas, Duke, Stanford and Tennessee.


CAREER RECORD
OVERALL DUAL SEC NCAA OVERALL DUAL SEC NCAA
YEAR SINGLES SINGLES SINGLES SINGLES DOUBLES DOUBLES DOUBLES DOUBLES
1995 50-6 26-3 14-0 5-1 16-7 9-4 2-1 1-2
1996 40-7 28-1 13-1 5-1 36-1 17-1 9-0 5-0
1997 29-10 13-5 3-2 2-3 25-3 14-2 5-0 5-0
1998 32-11 19-6 11-2 3-1 32-5 16-2 8-2 5-1
Totals 151-34 86-13 41-5 15-6 109-16 56-9 24-3 16-3
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