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Melisa Esposito
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
City/State: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
High School: William T. Dwyer HS
Experience: 4 Letters
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Career: 2010 All-Big 12 doubles (w/ Monica Milewski) and 2009 All-Big 12 doubles (w/ Camila Belassi) • Awarded the team's 2010 most valuable player award • Ninth women in school history to win at least 80 singles matches in a career • Ranks ninth all-time at CU in singles victories (80) • Shares the school doubles record with 77 victories (technically first with a better winning percentage (.647)) • Second all-time in Big 12 Conference doubles triumphs (29) and fifth in singles conference wins (27) • Third all-time in combined singles and doubles victories (157) • Tied for third in all-time in spring doubles wins (53) and fourth all-time in fall doubles wins (24) • Won over 20 singles matches during her junior and sophomore years with 22 and 20, respectively • Achieved the 20-win plateau twice on the doubles court with 20 each in her freshman and sophomore years • All four years won at least 18 doubles matches in a single year • 63 of her 80 singles were in straight sets • Recorded a 17-6 record in three set matches and won eight of them rallying from a set down • Clinched 21 career doubles wins and a pair on the singles court • Owns five CU Athlete of the Week honors  • 2009 spring Big 12 Co-No. 1 doubles position champion.

2010 Spring (senior):  Finished her spring season as the No. 122 nationally ranked singles player by the ITA (out of 125); was regionally ranked No. 9 (out of 20) in singles play • Recorded all 12 wins at the No. 2 position and tallied the second most wins during spring play • Played three matches at No. 1 • 19 wins overall for the year, second most on the team • In doubles, teamed with Camila Belassi at No. 1 with a 7-3 record • Nationally ranked with Belassi as high as No. 51 by the ITA and finished as the No. 67 (out of 90) • In Mountain Region play, was the fifth ranked (out of 10) doubles team • Won their last four doubles matches, and six of her last seven that included and an upset of BYU's No. 18 Jones/Price (8-4) at No. 1 doubles • Reached the winners circle a team-best 13 times and tied for a team-high 19 matches for the year • Nine wins at the No. 1 line, the most in any doubles slot • Won a total of six conference doubles matches with four different teammates.

2009 Fall (senior): Won seven of nine singles matches, second most on the team • Reached the finals of the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 25-27) with three straight wins over three different Arkansas players • Advanced to the semifinals of the Wilson/ITA Mountain Region with four consecutive wins • In doubles, won six of eight matches all with Camila Belassi • Three of those victories occurred at the CU Invitational (Sept. 25-27) en route to a finals win.

2009 Spring (junior): All-Big 12 doubles first team selection (w/ Camila Belassi) • Big 12 Co-No. 1 doubles position champion, becoming first CU duo in 10 years to earn the honor at the top slot with seven wins against conference competition • Teamed with Belassi for nine doubles wins at No. 1 • Clinched a pair of team doubles victories with Belassi • One of three on the team to win 20 or more singles matches for the year (22) • 22 wins, a personal-high in a single year • Played the dual season at No. 1 (three wins) and No. 2 (seven wins) slots • One of four on the team to win seven Big 12 matches, and one of five to secure 10 or more spring victories • Recorded five singles wins against the conference at No. 2 and a pair at No. 1 • Earned a pair of CU Athlete of Week honors (Mar. 16-22, Apr. 6-12) • Eight conference doubles wins with Belassi, a team-high • Finished the season as the No. 14 tandem in the final Central Region doubles rankings (out of 15).

2008 Fall (junior): Opened her third season with a 12-4 singles mark, second most on the team • Engineered a six-match winning streak • Won both of her three set matches • Went 8-2 in doubles with teammate Franziska Jendrian, also winning five straight.

2008 Spring (sophomore): Enjoyed another outstanding year at the singles and doubles positions winning 20 matches at each position • During spring play, won 11 matches at No. 5 with eight victories coming against the Big 12. Overall achieved a 13-8 spring mark • Also picked up a pair of wins at No. 3 • Engineered a trio of five-match winning streaks, her longest was six from Feb. 29-Mar. 26, all in straight sets • Also clinched a team win • CU Athlete of the Week (Mar. 10-16) • In doubles, went 14-8 with 10 of those victories coming at No. 2 with Jendrian • Helped the Buffaloes clinch five doubles point victories with Jendrian; and a pair with Abbie Probert • Recorded 13 wins with Jendrian, second most on the team.

2007 Fall (sophomore): Picked up where she left off from the spring winning seven of 10 singles matches • One of four women to win at least seven matches • Won five straight, two at the New Mexico Invitational (Sept. 21-23) and three at the CU Invite (Sept. 28-30) • In doubles, won six of eight; three each with Camila Belassi and Franziska Jendrian.

2007 Spring (freshman): Helped CU earn its first NCAA Tournament appearance in four years; most team victories (16) and Big 12 Conference triumphs (9), and highest team ranking (37th) -- all team-bests in eight years (1999) • Big 12 Conference position champion at No. 6 singles with an 8-2 record, in addition earning position champion honors with Martina Sedivec at No. 3 with a perfect 9-0 record • One of three finalists for CUSPY's (CU Sports Performers of the Year) Female Freshman of the Year • One of two CU women to win eight conference dual match victories • Lone CU student-athlete to have nine victories (including conference post-season) • Accumulated an impressive 19-5 singles record for year with 17 in the spring • Garnered a 14-3 record at No. 6 with a 3-1 mark at No. 5 • Ended the spring winning her last eight matches in a row from Mar. 27 - May 12; also won six straight from Feb. 17 - Mar. 10 • Cruised to an easy 6-2, 6-1 winner over Michigan's Allie Shafner in the NCAA Tournament at the No. 6 slot • 4-0 in three set matches • In doubles, nationally ranked with Sedivec at No. 55 in late March by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) • During nationally ranked two weeks, achieved a 3-1 record • One of three CU doubles teams in 15 years (1992) to win at least 10 matches in dual play with 14 • Esposito/Sedivec won their first eight matches, including their last five of six • Clinched a total of seven doubles matches leading to CU wins, six of them with Sedivec; the another with Victoria Almagno • Sedivec/Esposito secured the decisive doubles point at No. 3 in defeating William & Mary, helping CU to the upset over the previously unbeaten and No. 12 ranked Tribe, 4-3 on Mar. 14 • Helped CU clinch the doubles point at the NCAA Tournament against Michigan (May 12).

2006 Fall (freshman): Began initial season with a 2-1 singles record • Defeated a pair of Denver opponents in straight sets at the CU Invitational (Sept. 23, 24) • Teamed with two teammates for a 4-1 doubles record • Paired with Franziska Jendrian for a 3-1 mark at the USAFA Invite (Oct. 6-7) and another victory with Martina Sedivec at the CU Invite.

William T. Dwyer HS: Four-year tennis letterwinner and captain • Achieved a 44-9 during prep career earning four district titles • Set record for the most consecutive district title wins for tennis in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 • A two-time singles finalist in the state tournament • Played No. 1 singles and doubles all four years • As a freshman, helped lead her team to a District Championship in 2003 and 2006 • Earned a silver medal with her Girls 16's Team Florida Zonals in 2004 • Lists biggest moment in high school rallying from a set down and a 5-2 deficit to win districts her senior year; Also being selected Player of the Year by two different newspapers (The Palm Beach Post and The Sun Sentinel) and earning a scholarship to Colorado • Excelled in the classroom: President of the Spanish National Honor Society as a senior • Earned American Government Excellence award as a senior and graduated from the Academy of Finance with a Science-endorsement diploma • As a junior, was the secretary Spanish National Honor Society • Earned an Award of Excellence from the English Department as a sophomore, and as a freshman, placed first in the Future Business Leaders of America.

Personal: Born Melisa Rose Esposito on October 1, 1987 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. • Daughter of Ron and Barbara Esposito • Her uncle played golf for the University of Auburn • Was a member of the U-10 Lady Gators softball team state champions that also finished second nationally • Can throw a softball over 200 feet • Enjoys cooking, going to the beach, shopping, traveling, working out and spending time with friends and family.

In the Classroom: Graduated in May 2010 with a degree in finance • Fall 2008 Commissioners Honor Roll.

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