The award recognizes academic achievement, leadership and service to the university and community
Travis Watkins and Nicole Laduca named Mr./Mrs. Pirate
LaDuca Earns Third Individual Honor in As Many Years
East Carolina Exits Championships, Finishes Season With 12-12 Record
ECU Will Now Prepare For C-USA Tournament Action In Houston Next Week
Nicole LaDuca Action Photos
Fall 2014: Won three of seven (3-4) singles matchups during fall tourney play ... Was successful in first two outings, downing Georgia's Laura Patterson and Virginia Tech's Katherine Butler at the UNC Wilmington Beach Blast Sept. 13-14 before dropping four-straight, including a pair of successive three-match sets, at the Bulldog Tennis Classic (Athens, Ga.), ITA Carolina Regional and Kitty Harrison Invitation (Chapel Hill) ... Concluded autumn campaign with a 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 triumph over Maryland's Ekaterina Tour on Nov. 8 ... Partnered with Michelle Castro for a 1-8 doubles mark ... Earned sole win with an 8-4 decision over Lipscomb while at UGA event.
2013-2014: Overall, posted a 9-13 singles record and a 13-12 doubles slate during sophomore season ... Teamed with Michelle Castro (7-8), Neena Wanko (4-4) and Maria Storozheva (2-0) in pairs action ... Injuries during spring season limited participation to just 14 matches (5-9) ... Played mostly in the middle of the lineup, experiencing competition at the No. 2 (0-2), No. 3 (3-3), No. 4 (0-2) and No. 5 (2-2) slots ... Bounced back from a 0-3 start with a three-match win streak from Feb. 8 to Feb. 19 (6-4, 6-1/UNC-Greensboro's Yasmin Franco; 6-3, 6-2/Presbyterian's Caroline deLoach and 7-6, 6-1/Campbell's Natasha Afridi) ... Closed out spring with consecutive victories against Mia Ramic of North Carolina Central (7-5, 6-2) and Tyler Baker of Charlotte (6-2, 6-3) ... Involved in only two three-set matches (0-2) ... Played exclusively with Castro during the spring doubles circuit and tandem compiled a 6-8 clip (3-6 at No. 1, 3-2 at No. 2) ... Enjoyed two separate three-match win streaks, upending Davidson (Feb. 1), UNC-Greensboro (Feb. 8) and Presbyterian (Feb. 15) before finishing the spring with another run with triumphs against Richmond (April 1), Liberty (April 5) and North Carolina Central (April 5) ... 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 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 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 ... Won Georgia Qualifier in singles and doubles (16's) ... 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 played tennis at Samford (Ala.) University, while father Gary was a four-year starter at quarterback for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) ... Earned selection to the ECU's Dean List for work in the classroom ... Has taken an active leadership role with ECU's SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) and played an integral role in the coordination of the department's annual Goldspys - an end-of-the-year awards banquet modeled after the ESPYs ... Also is a key contributor to the school's athletics media relations efforts as a video production assistant and on-air talent.