East Carolina Exits Championships, Finishes Season With 12-12 Record
ECU Will Now Prepare For C-USA Tournament Action In Houston Next Week
Spartans Use Doubles Point, Four Singles Wins To Spoil Pirates' Senior Day
Hoyas Capture Doubles, Clinch Win In Three-Set No. 5 Singles Match
Pirates Hand Colonials First Home Loss Of Season
Coach Morris on Nicole LaDuca: "Nicole is an extremely talented athlete and a fierce competitor. Although Nicole was sidelined this fall with a couple of injuries, she still had a solid season with a singles record of 4-4 and a doubles record of 7-4. Nicole has played very well in practice and will make an impact in our lineup in both singles and doubles this season. We look to her to continue to improve and to make a big difference in our singles and doubles lineups."
Fall 2013: Collected four singles wins during her second fall season with the Pirates, all of which came in straight sets ... Defeated Davidson's Laina Cummer, 7-5, 6-4, and Gardner-Webb's Jenny Lunde, 6-1, 6-4, during the team's first fall tournament at the Davidson Invitational, Sept. 6-7 ... Won seven doubles matches, three of which came when paired with Neena Wanko ... Won four straight doubles contests to start the fall, partnering with Maria Storozheva and Wanko twice, each.
2012-13: Tallied a 9-7 dual singles record during her first spring campaign ... Recorded a pair of three-match win streaks ... Playing primarily in the No. 5 spot of the lineup, six of her dual singles wins were accomplished in straight sets ... Teamed with Neena Wanko to win six matches at the No. 1 position in the doubles lineup ... With Wanko, defeated NC State's Tatiana Illova and Joelle Kissell, 8-6, on Jan. 31 ... Enjoyed a notable collegiate debut during the fall, rolling to a team-best 11-2 singles record and a 7-5 doubles mark ... Captured both flights at the season-opening Davidson Invitational, which included a perfect 3-0 pairs ledger with Renata Bakieva ... Repeated the singles success with a flight title (3-0) at the Charlotte Invitational before splitting a pair of singles and doubles (with Melis Tanik) matches at the ITA Regional Tournament in Winston-Salem ... Closed the autumn season with a combined 5-0 singles performance during the Appalachian State and ECU Invitational Tournaments, while also winning three of five doubles matchups with Dana Gray and Neena Wanko.
High School/Junior Tennis: Was Georgia's top-ranked player in the 16-and-under classification prior to signing with the ECU program as a senior in November, 2011 ... Claimed a pair of Southern Tennis titles and is the owner of over 500 career United States Tennis Association (USTA) victories ... Captured the Georgia Qualifier in both singles and doubles while competing in the 16U division, and at the 18U level, earned a Top 10 ranking in the South Region ... Helped Team Georgia to two Southern Cup championships ... Was a five-star recruit and stood among the Top 70 prospects nationally according to the Tennis Recruiting Network - a first for an ECU signee ... As a prep standout at Etowah High School, was a four-time Cherokee TribunePlayer-of-the-Year selection who helped guide the Eagles to a pair of regional titles while playing at the No. 1 singles position (and establishing a program and county record with 54 victories) ... Went 17-2 as a senior, 9-4 as a junior, 13-2 as a sophomore and 15-1 as a freshman to earn team MVP honors (singles) ... Picked up a total of four letters and served as team captain junior and senior seasons for coach Billie Morgan... Recognized by the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame as EHS's top female athlete during her final year ... Off the court, was a four-time All-Scholar selection who graduated with honors (90 percent or above).
Personal: Full name is Nicole J. LaDuca ... Born May 15, 1994 at Rockville, Md. ... Daughter of Gary and Michelle LaDuca ... A communications major (sports studies minor) ... Began playing competitive tennis at age 9 ... Brother Garrison plays tennis as a junior at Samford (Ala.) University, while father Gary was a four-year starter at quarterback for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ... Earned selection to the ECU's Dean List for work in the classroom during the 2012 fall semester.