More than 50 current and former student-athletes eligible to participate in commencement exercises
East Carolina Exits Championships, Finishes Season With 12-12 Record
Pirates Will Open League Women's Tennis Championships Thursday As No. 11 Seed
ECU Will Now Prepare For C-USA Tournament Action In Houston Next Week
Neena Wanko Action Photos
Will open her fifth season in the East Carolina program after being granted a medical hardship waiver on May 16, 2014 by Conference USA (prior to the Pirates' move into the American Athletic Conference a month and a half later).
Fall 2014: Experienced limited action after suffering shoulder injury a year earlier ... Played in three singles matches during ECU Invitational on Oct. 24-25 and was victorious in each, upending Appalachian State's McKayla Zupan (7-5, 6-2), UNC-Wilmington's Miller Hales (7-6, 6-3) and ASU's Megan Mullen (6-0, 6-3) ... Teamed with freshman Maria Gomez for a 2-1 doubles mark as the tandem shook off an early setback by downing Campbell's Tamara Stanic and Irina Karangozishvil 8-5, and North Carolina Central's Ekaterina Nekrasova and Rebecca Wood 8-2.
2013-14: Did not play during the spring dual match campaign because of a shoulder injury initially suffered in mid-August ... Won three singles matches during the fall season despite playing through pain ... Outlasted UNC Greensboro's Stephanie Falcon in three sets at the Charlotte Invitational on Sept. 20 ... Downed Appalachian State's Jessica Thaggard in three sets at the ECU Invitational on Nov. 1 and Coastal Carolina's Romane Delay in straight sets on Nov. 2 ... Earned four doubles wins, all of which came when teamed with Nicole LaDuca.
2012-13: Won 11 dual singles matches, eight of which came while playing at the No. 1 position in the lineup ... Collected six straight wins from Feb. 6-23 with all but one victory coming in straight sets ... Won 10 doubles contests playing primarily at the No. 1 spot and started the spring season with seven straight victories with three different doubles partners in Nicole LaDuca, Abby Richmond and Danielle Terpko ... Teamed with LaDuca for an 8-6 victory over NC State's Tatiana Illova and Joelle Kissell on Jan. 31 ... Posted a 5-3 fall singles record and was part of tandems that produced a combined 9-2 doubles mark during fall tourney play ... Paired with Abby Richmond to win the Charlotte Invitational Flight 3 Doubles title with a 3-0 ledger ... Went 2-1 in both singles and doubles (Melis Tanik) at the Appalachian State Invitational ... Split a pair of singles matches and won both doubles battles with LaDuca at the ECU Invite.
2011-12: Suffered through an injury-plagued sophomore campaign, competing in just 15 singles events (two victories) ... Despite being slowed, played in the upper half of ECU's lineup with action at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 ... Picked up wins against Puerto Rico-Mayagueza's Christine Raymond (6-0, 6-0) and Davidson's Katharine Dicconson (6-0, 6-1) ... Was 6-12 in doubles play, teaming primarily with Dana Gray (5-10) at the No. 2 slot ... Also played with Karling Watson (1-0) after opening the season as Renata Bakieva's partner (0-2) ... Won two of eight overall matches in an abbreviated fall schedule, which included Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional competition ... Was 1-3 in singles play and teamed for a similar 1-3 ledger in doubles action.
2010-11: Turned in a competitive rookie spring season that resulted in 11-11 singles and 15-9 doubles records ... Played in four of six singles positions, but experienced the majority of action at the No. 5 spot (7-4) ... Also went 5-4 at No. 4, 2-0 at No. 3 and 1-0 at No. 1 ... Opened career winning five of the first six matches and enjoyed a season-best five-match mid-season victory streak (March 4 to March 23) ... Posted program's top individual regular season Conference USA record with a 3-1 ledger ... Topped Memphis' Kathleen Hawkins (6-2, 6-2), Southern Miss' Zoe Lee (6-2, 6-2) and UCF's Jenna Doerfler (6-7, 7-5, 6-4), but fell to Marshall's Kristina Koprcina (7-6, 6-4) ... Involved in seven three-set affairs (4-3) ... Was 0-1 in league tournament play, falling to SMU's Heather Steinbauer 6-0, 6-1 (after opening match vs. Southern Miss' Asa Bengtson was stopped once ECU clinched team victory) ... Paired with fellow freshman Manon Bissat in 23 of 24 doubles matches (14-9) ... Tandem played all positions during spring - No. 1 (1-1), No. 2 (5-4) and No. 3 (8-4) ... Defeated Southern Miss 8-5 for only regular-season C-USA victory (1-3) and repeated triumph in first round of the league championship tourney (clinched Pirates' first point with a 9-8 win) ... Also teamed with Tamara Sachs once (8-6 victory against N.C. Central) ... Won two of five (2-3) singles matches during fall individual tourney play ... Partnered with three others during doubles action (2-6 overall record), posting victories with Bissat (1-1) and Petra Vogel (1-2) ... Also teamed with Natalie Collins on three occasions (0-3).
High School/Junior Tennis: A two-time state finalist and 2009 North Carolina Athletic Association 3A singles champion for coach John Frye at Union Pines ... Completed her three-year high school career with a 109-4 record, which included three Cape Fear Valley Conference championships and a pair of 3A Mid-East Regional titles ... As a senior, rolled to a 35-0 mark in singles and doubles play after posting a pair of 37-2 records as a freshman and junior ... Helped lead the Vikings to conference titles all three years in the program (freshman, junior and senior campaigns) ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Earned highest rank of No. 21 in the Southern Section and No. 3 in North Carolina ... Compiled 422 career match triumphs in 141 United States Tennis Association events ... Owns 20 career tournament wins, was a three-time North Carolina Southern Cup participant and climbed as high as No. 81 in the national rankings ... Academically, earned the Excellence in Spanish Language and Excellence in Pre-Calculus Awards.
Personal: Full name is Neena Pauline Wanko ... Born December 24, 1991 at Pinehurst, N.C. ... Daughter of Tom and Danica Wanko ... An accounting major who has earned inclusion on the prestigious ECU Chancellor's (4.0 grade point average) and Dean's Lists (3.5) during her academic career.