2011 FALL RESULTS: Went 5-3 in doubles, including 4-3 with partner Sheri Olivier...The senior pair advanced to the semifinals at the HEB Baylor Invitational, knocking off top seeded Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer of SMU in the round of 16...Also posted a victory with newcomer Sun Wen against Sophie Nelson and Christy Sipes of North Carolina State at the UNC Kitty Harrison Invitational...Was 3-10 in singles, which included four contests against nationally ranked opponents.
2010-11 (JUNIOR): Played in 12 singles matches in dual contests, typically moving into the No. 6 singles line when either Christi Potgieter or Janelle Cuthbertson was out with injuries...Went 4-8 in dual matches and 6-16 overall...Fall Results: Returned to the court and saw her first action after having foot surgery following the spring season...Went 2-8 in singles and 2-2 in doubles.
2009-10 (SOPHOMORE): Went 14-15 overall in singles, including 2-1 against nationally ranked players and 7-10 in dual matches...Posted two four-match winning streaks to tie her career high...Was 3-4 at No. 4 singles, 4-5 at No. 5 and 0-1 at No. 6...Posted a 7-4 overall record in doubles, with all but one match occurring during the fall season...Was ranked as high as No. 42 in doubles during the spring with Morgan Frank and was No. 58 with Frank in the final ITA national rankings despite having played together only at the ITA Texas Regional in October, where they reached the tournament final...Was hindered much of the spring and missed several matches due to a stress reaction injury...Fall Results: Went 7-5 in singles and 7-3 in doubles during the fall...Advanced to the quarterfinals of the HEB Baylor Invitational after a round-of-16 win against 32nd-ranked Taylor Ormond (Baylor), who retired...Picked up the first ranked win of her career with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over No. 112 Mari Martinez of Texas-Arlington in the first round of the ITA Texas Regional...In doubles, paired with Frank at the ITA Texas Regional and came within one win of advancing to the ITA National Indoor Championships...Won their first four matches at the regional to advanced to the finals, where they fell to SMU's Pavi Francis and Marta Lesniak, 8-4...Advanced to the quarterfinals of the season-opening Midland Racquet Club Invitational with Stephanie Davidson.
2008-09 (FRESHMAN): Played the No. 3-6 spots in singles before settling in at No. 5, where she went 7-4 and ended the season on a career-high four -match winning streak...Went 18-15 overall, including 11-11 in dual matches only...Went 6-5 in Big 12 matches...Played in only two doubles matches in the spring, including an 8-0 drubbing of SMU's 71st-ranked duo of Natalia Bubien and Pavi Francis at the No. 2 line with Morgan Frank in the first round of the NCAA tournament...Fall Results: Went 7-4 in singles, including a straight-set victory against 125th-ranked Mariantonieta Gutierrez of Lamar in the ITA Southwest Regional round of 32...Went on to reach the quarterfinals of the regional tournament...Posted a 6-5 mark in doubles...Played the majority of her doubles matches with Ashley Turpin and went 3-2.
PREVIOUS ATHLETIC BACKGROUND: A two-time Texas high school state champion in mixed doubles with partner Johnathan Alexander...The pair went a combined 56-0 en route to capturing the 2007 and 2008 titles...Named the 2007 and 2008 All-Greater Houston girls tennis player of the year by the Houston Chronicle...Was a finalist for the Houston Athletic Committee's 2008 girls tennis scholar-athlete of the year...On the junior circuit, advanced to the singles finals at the 2008 ITA Summer Collegiate Circuit in College Station and the 2007 Texas Open Championships in Girls' 18 singles in Richardson...Reached the quarterfinals of the Girls' 18 singles at the 2007 Arlington Tennis Center Super Championship...In Girls' 16s, advanced to the finals at the 2005 Austin Super Championship Major Zone...A four-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net.
PERSONAL: Lauren Christine Santacroce is the daughter of David and Rosanne Santacroce...Has a younger brother, Andrew...Began playing tennis when she was 12...Most memorable moment of prep tennis career was coming back from 5-7, 0-5 (0-40) to win, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 at a match at the 2007 UIL State Championship...Was homecoming queen at Klein High School...In addition to A&M, made official recruiting visits to Texas and Texas Tech...Chose to play for the Aggies because of the "many traditions, the respected engineering program, the amazing coaches and staff, the feeling that A&M tennis could help my game improve tremendously, and most importantly the great group of girls on the team"...Hobbies including dancing, painting, scrapbooking and tweeting...Was a 2010 Fish Camp counselor for Camp Lawhorne...Is a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and serves as social chair...Majoring in nutritional sciences...Born March 11, 1990 in Houston, Texas.
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Favorite Aggie tradition: 12th Man, most supportive student section in the nation, and I'm blessed to be able to not only play in front of them but to be apart of it when watching other sports compete.
Favorite class subject: Math has always come really easy to me
Favorite quote: "Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God"
Favorite athlete (any sport): Troy Polamalu, because he plays with such passion and never gives up
Favorite professional sports team (any sport): Pittsburgh Steelers, my dad is from Pennsylvania so I've been raised to wear the black and yellow
Favorite website: twitter.com
Favorite type of music: R&B/Hip-Hop
Favorite food: Steak and potatoes
Favorite TV show: Jersey Shore, probably the most entertaining show I've ever watched.
Favorite book: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Favorite movie: Billy Madison
Favorite part about the sport of tennis: How psychologically demanding it is. Most people think it's a one on one sport between you and your opponent, but in reality it's a one-on-one sport between you and yourself. Tennis requires so much thought and you cannot give just half your mind, because that's more than half the battle. We can all hit forehands and backhands, but it's a matter of who is ready to go out there and want it more.
Favorite sport to play other than tennis: I used to play competitive soccer player for Challenge, so if I had to play any other sport I would for sure be playing soccer.
Favorite summer job: Well I've only had one summer job and I was an intern at an Oil & Gas Company in Houston. I wouldn't say it was necessarily fun but I learned a great deal of information and got a chance to network and gain experience.
Favorite piece of advice: "Look Up." I have it written on my shoes and I have three reasons why it motivates me and keeps me positive.
The person who has had the greatest impact on my athletic career: Both my parents have always pushed me to be everything I can be. They always tell me, "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard, but if you have both you're unbeatable."
The accomplishment (athletic or non-athletic) that I am most proud of: given the chance to play for the Texas A&M Women's Tennis Team; it's an experience that can never be taken away from me
The person I would most like to meet: Vince Lombardi
People have told me that I look like (name of celebrity): The Israeli model Bar Refaeli
When I was little, I dreamed of being a: a celebrity because I always loved being the center of attention
Something I've always wanted to do but haven't: go skydiving, I love to live on the dangerous side (haha)
The reality show I would most like to participate in is: Any of MTV's shows like the Gauntlet, Inferno, Fresh Meat, because I love to compete and I think I would be able to beat all the girls in any athletic event.
Few people know that I: even though I love to wear heels and dress up, I will and always have been a tomboy at heart. When I was little I refused to wear my hair down, never wore a dress or skirt because I was wearing my adidas, Nike, or Umbro outfits, and loved to get my hands dirty.
My best non-athletic talent: I love to paint. I paint on my spare time, which is very rare, but when I do have time it relaxes me for I love to do creative things.
My most prized possession: The scrapbook that I made of my life. I haven't updated it since college but I spent a whole summer working on it and it has to be the most prized possession that I own because you can't ever replace pictures.
My dream job is: I would love to have my own practice as a plastic surgeon somewhere in the Beverly Hills area.
Being at A&M has taught me: Time management, how to keep my priorities straight, teamwork, and that everyday shouldn't be wasted for there are always opportunities to grow and improve.
After I graduate, I plan to: Go to medical school or get my masters