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Bondi wins Division III tennis title

Bondi wins Division III tennis title

May 20, 2007

bondincaachamp072.jpgMay 20, 2007, Fredericksburg, Va. - DePauw senior Liz Bondi wrapped up her collegiate career by winning the University's first individual tennis national title as she defeated defending champion Emily Applegate of Washington & Lee in the NCAA Division III singles final 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3).

In the third and deciding set, each player held serve and Bondi fought off three match points. She eventually won the tiebreaker, 7-3.

The 2007 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Senior of the Year finished the 2006-07 season with a 31-2 singles record and a 25-3 doubles mark. Over the course of her career the Park Ridge, Ill., resident finished with a 124-10 singles record and 119-15 in doubles. This year she won 63 of 68 singles sets.

Bondi is the fourth DePauw student-athlete to earn an individual national title. DePauw's three previous Division III national champions were Alan Hill in track and field (pole vault) in 1981, Midi Smyth in swimming (100-yard backstroke) in 1985 and Colin Smith in track and field (discus) in 1998.

In March she was named the most outstanding player of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship after leading the Tigers to the first national team championship in school history.


Liz Bondi Career Highlights


Intercollegiate Tennis Association Fall Tournament

      Won the Division III Singles Tournament; October, 2006

      Second in Division III Singles Tournament; October, 2004

      Won Division III Doubles Tournament; October 2004 and 2006

      Part of first Division III Doubles Team to win ITA “Super Bowl” of College Tennis (October, 2004) and earn a spot in ITA Division I Indoor championship.


NCAA Division III Tennis Championship

      Single champion; May 2007

      Singles runner-up; May, 2005

      Singles semifinalist; May 2006

      Singles quarterfinalist; May 2003

      Doubles finalist; May 2003 and May 2006

      Doubles quarterfinalist; May 2005

      Doubles first round; May 2007


Intercollegiate Tennis Association Awards

      Senior of the Year; 2007

      Player to Watch; 2003


Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America Team

      2003 (singles and doubles)

      2005 (singles and doubles)

      2006 (singles and doubles)

      2007 (singles and doubles)


NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship

      2007 Most Outstanding Player of Division III Finals

      2006 All-Sectional Team


Kodak/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America

      Honorable Mention All-America; 2005-06

      All-America; 2006-07


D3Hoops.com All-America

      Second team; 2006-07


Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year

      2005, 2006, 2007 Women’s Tennis Player of the Year

      2006, 2007 Women’s Basketball Player of the Year (first SCAC student-athlete to earn both in sport other than cross country/track)


SCAC Academic Honor Roll

      2005-06: Basketball, Tennis

      2004-05: Basketball, Tennis


Record of teams on which she’s competed

Year                 Tennis              Basketball

2002-03             25-4                  Did not compete

2004-05             16-7                  23-6

2005-06             24-2                  29-2

2006-07             19-3                  31-3

Totals               84-16                83-11


Career Tennis Records

SINGLES      Total             

2002-03          37-4              

2004-05          34-3              

2005-06          22-1              

2006-07          31-2              

Totals          124-10            


DOUBLES     Total             

2002-03          36-4              

2004-05          35-7              

2005-06          23-1              

2006-07          25-3              

Totals          119-15