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Coach Morris on Dana Gray: "Dana played her best tennis this fall and showed solid improvement throughout the semester. I believe Dana is developing into a very competitive player in both singles and doubles. Her improved serve and solid forehand will continue be the strengths of her game as her backhand and game temperament continue to improve. Dana has all the tools to develop into a solid player for our program at East Carolina. This fall she played in the 5-6 range and we expect to see Dana continue to improve and to move up in the lineup in the future."
Fall 2013: Won five singles matches during the fall season, all of which came in straight sets ... Had a three-match winning streak beginning with her final win at the first ECU Invitational on Oct. 5 against Norfolk State's Krystal Scott, before going on to beat Appalachian State's Sarah King and Coastal Carolina's Amanda Malatek at the second ECU Invitational Nov. 1-2.
2012-13: Won three dual singles and eight doubles matches during the spring season ... Defeated both N.C. A&T's Unique Hawkins and Winston Salem State's Taylor Harris, 6-0, 6-0, respectively in separate matches on Feb. 9 ... Had a string of five-straight doubles wins from Feb. 6-23, four of which came when teamed with Danielle Terpko ... Recorded a 5-4 singles mark during fall tourney play ... Also split six doubles matches, pairing with Abby Richmond (1-0), Melis Tanik (1-1) and Nicole LaDuca (1-2) ... Captured two of three singles battles at the Appalachian State Invitational before winning her flight at the ECU Invitational by knocking off Campbell's Lourdes Ros ( 6-3, 4-6, 1-0) and N.C. Central's Brianna Gatson (6-0, 6-0).
2011-12:Competed at the No. 4 (2-0), No. 5 (3-5) and No. 6 slots (1-7) and produced an overall 6-12 singles record during her first spring campaign ... All but one match (a 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 setback to Appalachian State's Kim-Lea Dinh) was decided in two sets ... Was 7-15 in doubles action, playing primarily with Neena Wanko (5-10) as ECU's No. 2 tandem ... Also paired with Vanessa Fuleihan (1-0), Natalie Collins (1-2) and Danielle Terpko (0-3) ... Won three of eight overall matches in an abbreviated fall schedule, which included Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional competition ... Was 1-2 in singles play and recorded a 2-3 mark in doubles action.
High School/Junior Tennis:Captured the New Zealand 16U Girls Singles title in 2009 before reaching the championship match and earning the country's runner-up status in the 18U division ... Lettered in soccer at Western Heights High School before graduating in 2010 ... Excelled in the classroom, earning an "excellence" rating at the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 ... Also included as a "merit" scholar of the NCEA's Level 1 and Level 2 ... Recipient of an academic scholarship in physical education theory.
Personal: Full name is Dana Lucy Gray ... Born June 30, 1992 at Rotorua, New Zealand ... Daughter of Mike Gray and Jeanne Bright ... A biology and business major ... Earned inclusion on the prestigious ECU Chancellor's List in both the 2011 and 2012 fall semesters (4.0 grade point average) ... Hometown of Rotorua is located on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty region (northeast) on the North Island of New Zealand ... The city, which sits on the Pacific Rim of Fire (volcanic plateau), features the one of the world's most lively fields of geothermal activity that generates geysers, hot springs and boiling mud pools.