blankAna Marija Zubori
2009-10 (SENIOR): Ended her career at Carolina as one of the most decorated players in school history ... Named to the All-SEC First Team for the second year in a row, becoming the first player in Gamecock history to achieve first-team All-SEC honors more than once ... Distinguished herself as the only player in the history of South Carolina women's tennis to earn national singles and doubles rankings four straight years at season's end ... Became only the second person at South Carolina to earn All-SEC recognition four consecutive years, the first being Gira Schofield (2005-09) ... Posted 25 victories in singles to end her career with 109, the second-most in school history at the time behind Rita Winebarger (127) ... Only the third Gamecock to eclipse the century mark in career victories in addition to Winebarger and Lynn-Yin Tan (103) ... Her 82 victories in doubles play put her fourth on the Gamecocks' all-time list when her career ended, while her 191 combined singles and doubles victories ranked third behind Tan (204) and Winebarger (198) ... Tied for first in school history in SEC regular-season singles wins with 30 alongside Natasa Vuckovic upon finishing her career ... Her 47 combined SEC singles and doubles wins stood third behind Vuckovic (51) and Tan (50) when she wrapped up her playing days at Carolina ... Began her fall with a third-place finish in the top singles flight at the SEC Fall Coaches Classic ... A finalist in the top singles draw at the Wolverine Invitational ... Made the semifinals of the Wilson/ITA Carolina Regional Championships to end her fall season with a 12-3 mark ... Began the fall with a No. 29 national ranking ... Played No. 1 singles the entire spring and posted a 13-12 record ... Had a six-match winning streak from March 20 to April 4 ... Highest ranked player she defeated during the spring was No. 23 Catherine Newman of Vanderbilt on April 4 ... Won a key match against Nina Munch-Soegaard from TCU in the first round of NCAAs to help the Gamecocks rebound from a loss in doubles to defeat the Horned Frogs 4-2 ... Ended her season ranked No. 40 in singles ... Played doubles primarily with Dijana Stojic, compiling a 16-10 record with her ... Beginning the season unranked, the duo eventually rose as high as No. 14 in the nation before finishing the year ranked No. 17, the highest final ranking in school history for a doubles team ... Zubori and Stojic had several wins against impressive competition, beating teams ranked sixth, 12th, 15th and 18th during the spring ... Their top win was a 9-8 (8-6) triumph over Georgia's No. 6-ranked duo of Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in Athens, Ga. ... Their win helped the Gamecocks claim the doubles point and eventually the match, a first for the Gamecocks in Athens since 1996 ... Qualified for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships for the second year in a row ... A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the fourth year in a row ... Graduated in May 2010 with a degree in international studies.
2008-09 (JUNIOR): Elevated her game to an even higher level as a junior ... Ended the season with a 31-7 record in singles to mark her second 30-win season in her three years with the program ... Just the second player in school history to post multiple 30-win seasons ... Her 23-4 record in dual matches was the most victories by a Gamecocks since 1987 and tied for the third most dual wins in school history ... Began the spring ranked No. 14 in the nation to fall one place shy of tying the school record for highest singles ranking held by current assistant coach Katarina Petrovic ... Zubori knocked off four players ranked in the top 50 of the ITA fall preseason rankings to earn the lofty national billing in January ... A member of the All-SEC First Team, becoming only the third player in school history to receive first-team accolades ... One of only four players in Carolina history to snag All-SEC honors three times in her career ... Ended the season ranked No. 43 in singles and was No. 27 in doubles with partner Natasa Vuckovic ... Zubori and 2009 senior Gira Schofield became the first Gamecocks to post season-ending rankings in singles and doubles in the same year three times during their careers ... Has improved her final singles ranking each year from 108th to 73rd to 43rd ... Done likewise in doubles going from 40th to 34th to 27th ... Will enter her senior year with an 84-24 career singles record, a 77.8 percent winning percentage that ranks fifth in school history ... Also stands two singles wins shy of cracking the top 10 and is three away in doubles ... Her 145 combined victories in her career is already 10th on the Gamecocks' all-time list heading into her senior season ... Went a remarkable 15-4 playing singles matches against ranked opponents ... Became a three-set specialist for the Gamecocks, going 10-3 in matches that went the distance to tie a school record for three-set wins held by two others ... Qualified for both the NCAA Singles Championship and the Doubles Championship for the first time her career ... The first Gamecock to earn a place in both NCAA events in the same year since 2002 ... Lost her first-round NCAA singles match to the tourney's No. 2 seed Julia Cohen of Miami (Fla.) 7-6(4), 6-3 ... She and Vuckovic were defeated by the No. 1 seed in the first round of doubles 6-2, 6-4 ... Named the Gamecocks' MVP for the second time in her career ... Winner of AgSouth Female Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row, an award determined through an online fan poll at GamecocksOnline.com ... Played every dual match of the spring at No. 2 singles and went 9-2 in Southeastern Conference matches ... A huge contributor for the team in postseason play ... Went 4-0 in singles in the Gamecocks' four NCAA Tournament matches to help them advance to the Elite Eight, the furthest the team has advanced in its history ... Won quickly in the Gamecocks' first-round match with Wake Forest by upending Sierra Poske 6-3, 6-1 to put the team ahead 2-0 ... In the second round against No. 10-seeded and ranked Tennessee, Zubori won in three sets over Natalie Pluskota 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 to beat the Lady Vols' star freshman for a third time that spring ... With South Carolina leading Washington 3-0 in the round of 16, Zubori won another three-setter over Denise Dy 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 to provide the clinching point that propelled the Gamecocks into the quarterfinals ... Won easily against Yvette Hyndman of Georgia in the quarterfinals 6-3, 6-3 in the Gamecocks' narrow 4-3 loss to the No. 2 Bulldogs ... During the fall, Zubori reached the finals of the Furman Fall Classic and Wildcat Invitational at Northwestern playing in the top flight of each tournament ... She and Vuckovic won the top flight of doubles at the Northwestern tournament by defeating teammates Schofield and Miljana Jocic in the finals ... Began the spring by winning her first seven matches, including a three-set battle against Kateryna Yergina of VCU when the team score was tied 3-all to give South Carolina a consolation victory at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Durham, N.C. ... Zubori's performance earned her SEC Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career ... Following a loss at Clemson, she recovered to win nine matches in a row, four of which came versus players ranked in the top 100 at the time of the matches.
2007-08 (SOPHOMORE): Provided South Carolina with another impressive season ... Compiled a 22-11 singles record while going 20-14 in doubles matches ... Named to the All-SEC Second Team for the second time in a row ... After winning AgSouth Athlete of the Week, an honor bestowed upon a South Carolina student-athlete each week by the athletics department, she was overwhelming voted AgSouth Female Athlete of the Year in an online fan poll at GamecocksOnline.com ... Named one of the 10 Most Intriguing People in USC Sports in the inaugural issue of Go Gamecocks The Magazine, a publication by The State newspaper ... A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second consecutive year ... Ranked among the top 85 players in the country in singles the entire season ... Reached a career-high of No. 56 in late February before finishing 73rd ... Placed No. 13 in the final singles rankings of the ITA Southeast Region ... Ascended as high as No. 9 in the country for doubles playing with Gira Schofield ... The duo ended the year ranked 34th and qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championship with an at-large bid ... Zubori and Schofield placed sixth in the final regional rankings ... Finished second on the team in dual-match singles victories with a 14-6 record and went 7-3 at the second spot in SEC contests ... Ending her sophomore year with 94 combined singles and doubles wins, only five other players in school history won more matches in their first two years with the program ... Had a somewhat slow start to her sophomore year in the fall at her first tournament, but came back the following weekend to win the second flight of the Furman Fall Classic ... Beat Vanderbilt's Catherine Newman, ranked 27th at the time, 6-4, 6-1 in the championship match ... Nearly beat one of Florida State's top players, Lauren Macfarlane, in the qualifying draw of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships when she lost 7-4 in a third-set tiebreaker ... Won six of her first seven matches in the spring in singles ... Was one of South Carolina's three singles winners versus Vanderbilt, helping down the Commodores 4-3 ... Vandy was ranked 14th at the time and finished the season with a No. 10 national ranking ... Defeated Newman in three sets 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-5 to even the team score at 3-all ... After a four-match unbeaten streak from March 15-28, Zubori suffered a tough break in her match with Arkansas' Ela Kaluder on March 30 ... Zubori won the first set 6-2 and with the score tied 4-4 in the second, Zubori ran for a wide ball on the right side of the indoor court and injured her knee in the process and was unable to finish ... Zubori managed to come back the following weekend against Alabama and Auburn and went 1-1 ... Bad luck struck again at the SEC Tournament, though, when she sprained an ankle running for a ball in the third set of her match with Auburn's Alex Haney on April 17 ... Stayed on the court after an injury timeout and continued to play until the match was suspended after the Tigers had clinched ... Won her singles match versus VCU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Viktoria Konstantinova 6-4, 6-3 to help the Gamecocks advance ... Playing doubles with Schofield, the duo's 10-3 fall record helped them crack the top 10 when the spring rankings were released in January ... One of their fall victories came against Clemson's team of Mijacika/van Adrichem, who were No. 2 in the country at the time ... Also beat then-No. 10 Whoriskey/Zubor of Tennessee, who went on to win the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships ... At the SEC Fall Coaches Classic, Zubori and Schofield downed then-No. 6 Haney/Koning of Auburn ... The duo had winning streaks of five, four and seven matches during the season ... They stood 16-3 after a win against N.C. State in February ... Zubori and Schofield won tournament titles at the Furman Fall Classic and the Southern Intercollegiate Championships playing in the top flights.
2006-07 (FRESHMAN): Recorded one of the most remarkable years for a rookie in South Carolina history ... Her 31 victories in singles matches tied for fifth on the Gamecocks' single-season top 10 list and was the most in one year by a player since 1990 ... Zubori's 83.8 percent winning percentage placed sixth on the school's all-time single-season list ... With 52 overall victories between singles and doubles, Zubori's total tied for ninth-most in one season at Carolina ... Earned a spot on the All-SEC Second Team and was named team MVP along with Natasa Vuckovic ... Had a 13-3 fall that was followed by an 18-3 record in dual matches ... Finished second on the team in dual victories ... Went 13-2 at No. 2 singles and owned an overall SEC mark of 8-3 ... Went 15-1 in regional matches and finished with a ranking of No. 19 in the ITA Southeast Region ... Cracked the national rankings for the first time in April at 83rd ... Ended the spring ranked No. 108 ... In doubles, Zubori was 21-12 and 11-9 playing the top position with Gira Schofield as her partner ... The duo entered the rankings in February and stayed there the rest of the season, reaching a high of 18th in late March before ending 40th ... For the Southeast Region, Zubori and Schofield were ranked No. 10 at season's end ... A member of the SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll ... Won the first seven matches of her career in the fall and 11 of her first 12 overall ... Took home the flight 3 title at the Furman Fall Classic and reached the final of the USTA National Tennis Center Invitational's A flight ... Also crowned champion of the A-1 flight at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships ... Began the dual-match campaign with a string of eight consecutive victories and won 13 of her first 14 ... During the eight straight wins, Zubori won all the matches in straight sets and claimed 38 games in a row at one point ... Her 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 win over Caitlin Whoriskey of Tennessee at No. 3 singles helped the Gamecocks defeat the Lady Vols in Knoxville, Tenn., for the first time since 1993 ... Won another critical match at LSU by scores of 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 versus Mykala Hedberg at the second singles position, as Carolina beat the Tigers 4-3 ... Defeated Kentucky's Kim Coventry 6-3, 6-3 in another 4-3 victory for South Carolina that gave the Gamecocks a bye in the first round of the SEC Tournament ... Coventry was ranked as high as 15th during her college career ... Zubori's 6-3, 6-4 win against Megan Alexander of Florida marked the first of her career over a top-25 foe, as Alexander was 20th at the time ... Finished the season riding a three-match unbeaten streak against players from Florida, Tennessee and Wichita State ... Reached the final of the A flight doubles at the SEC Fall Coaches Classic after winning three matches with Schofield ... During the spring, they defeated Kever/Schmitt from Marshall 8-3, a tandem ranked No. 27 at the time ... Followed a week and a half later with an 8-3 triumph over then-No. 15 Y. Hyndman/Ivanov of Georgia ... Zubori/Schofield had a winning streak of seven matches during the spring and won 11 of 12 after losing the first match of the spring.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played in the main draw of several major junior tournaments, including the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon ... Was the French National Junior Tennis Championship winner in the under-14 and under-16 divisions ... Claimed the under-18 title at the Serbian National Junior Tennis Championship and did likewise in the over-18s ... Zubori won four International Tennis Federation junior tournaments ... Ranked in the top 10 in the under-16s in Europe and was among the top 50 in the world for the under-18s ... Held a career-high Women's Tennis Association singles ranking of No. 707 in April 2005 ... Her best in doubles was No. 827 in August 2005 ... Made the semifinals of a tournament in Le Touquet, France, in July 2004 by defeating two seeded players, including the tourney's No. 1 seed ... Was a quarterfinalist at three other tournaments.
Ana Marija Zubori