Fall 2012: 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 Tribune Player-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.