ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
Samantha Gridley
Samantha Gridley
Year: Senior
Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.
High School: Milton High School
Major: English
House Affiliation: Eliot

Senior • 2011-12
Finished the season 12-11 in singles and 16-5 in doubles ... Earned the team's Strength and Conditioning Most Outstanding award ... Was 2-5 in Ivy League singles and 5-2 in doubles ... Advanced to the semifinals of the singles 'C' draw at the Harvard Fall Classic Sept. 18 ... Went 5-3 in singles and 7-1 in doubles during the non-conference dual portion of the season ... Paired with Camille Jania to provide Harvard's best record in doubles play (7-1) in non-conference dual matches ... Took down  Lauren Frazier of Cornell, 7-6(6), 7-5, and Katarina Kovacevic of Columbia, 6-2, 6-3, to open the Ivy League season 2-0 ... Started 1-0 in Ivy League doubles with a defeat of Li/Sullivan of Cornell, 8-6 ... Her doubles team beat Penn's Do/Whitfield, 8-2, and Princeton's Chow/Flanigan, 8-3 ... Finished the season with a doubles win alongside Camille Jania over Dartmouth's Matsuoka/Smith, 8-3.

Junior • 2010-11
Earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors ... Garnered a 6-1 record in singles in fall tournaments ... Won her flight at the USTA Billie Jean King Invitational ... Defeated Annie Hang (Army), Tiana Takenaga (Columbia) and Marina Bykovskaya (Binghamton) in route to the title ... Captured two more victories over Maddie Kobelt (Syracuse) and Sarah Cassman (Air Force) at the Harvard Invitational ... Earned a 3-1 record in doubles play ... Reached the finals at the USTA Billie Jean King Invitational with partner Alex Lehman ... Added another doubles victory with Samantha Rosekrans at the Harvard Invitational to her total ... Won her singles match in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) against Boston University ... Picked up back-to-back singles wins over opponents from William and Mary and Purdue Feb. 26-27, respectively ... Paired with Amanda Black to defeat Golder and Tirumurti of Purdue, 8-6 ... Defeated Ruxandra Dumitrescu of Columbia April 1 ... Swept Lauren Bridges of Penn, 6-0, 6-4, April 9 ... Finished the season with a 13-12 singles record and a 4-1 mark in doubles play.

Sophomore • 2009-10
Played in the No. 6 singles position … Recipient of ITA Scholar-Athlete Award ... Picked up two Ivy League wins against Columbia and Penn … Compiled a 5-2 record in fall tournaments … Competed in the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Invitational in the fall, winning three matches … Paired with Louise Laciny to win four doubles matches in fall play.

Freshman • 2008-09
Competed in one Ivy League match in singles against Yale (April 19) ... Was 4-2 alongside Camille Jania, playing at No. 3 doubles early in the season ... Ended the fall campaign with a 5-4 record, including a 2-1 record at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Invitational.

Personal
A five-star recruit on tennisrecruiting.net ... Awarded team MVP after her freshman and senior seasons ... A scholar-athlete in 2005, 2006, and 2008 ... Awarded the sportsmanship award at the 2004 Georgia Junior Clay Court championship ... Finalist at the Southern closed doubles in 2006 ... Champion at the 2006 USTA Alabama Junior State Hardcourt Tennis Open ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 2004-2008 ... Served as huddle leader as a junior and core leader as a senior ... Recipient of the outstanding student in language award in 2007 and 2008 ... Vice President of National Spanish Honor Society junior year and president senior year ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Recipient of the Bank of America Joe Martin Scholarship ... Honored with the outstanding service award senior year ... Other interest include yoga, country music and reading.