Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Lacey Smyth
Height: 5'1"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Oceanside, California
High School: San Marcos High

2013-14: Earned the ITA Regional Senior of the Year Award…Was selected to the NCAA Singles Championships for the third-straight year…Posted a 16-6 singles record playing at the No. 1 spot all season…Defeated six ranked players, including No. 29 Denise Starr (California), No. 65 Stephanie Vlad (ASU), No. 79 Tereza Bekerova (Utah), No. 115 Kenna Kilgo (Texas Tech) and No. 120 Kerrie Cartwright (FSU).

2012-13: Named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the second-straight year…Was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on two different occasions (Feb. 5 and Feb. 19)…Was picked to play in the NCAA Singles Championship for the second-consecutive year…Earned a 16-10 singles record playing at the No. 1 spot all season…Defeated four ranked players, including No. 25 Katie Le, No. 32 Zoe Scandalis, No. 50 Stefanie Tan and No. 80 Samantha Adams…Defeated Scandalis in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament…Also recorded an 11-12 doubles record playing at the No. 1 and 2 spots.


2011-12: Was named Pac-12 Honorable Mention…Was selected to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team…Finished the season with a 14-11 singles record at the No. 1 spot, including wins over No. 11 Denise Dy, No. 15 Jacqueline Cako, No. 28 Zoe De Bruycker and No. 46 Joelle Kissell…In doubles play, she finished with a 16-7 record with partner Natasha Marks, including a win over the nation’s second-ranked team.

2010-11: Went 15-5 in singles play in the regular season at No. 1, 2 and 3 singles…Defeated South Carolina’s Katerina Popova in the NCAA Tournament.

High School: Graduated in 2010 from San Marcos High in San Marcos, Calif where she earned four varsity letters in tennis…Was varsity team captain 2007-2009 and MVP all four years of high school…Was the 2009 CIF San Diego champion and the 2009 Southern California junior player of the year…Won the junior sectionals trophy in 2006, which she says was one of the highlights of her junior career…Was a member of National Honors Society 2008-2010…was ranked No. 1 in southern California girls' 18s in January 2010.

Coach Maes’ Take: “There are few players in college tennis who live and breathe the game the way Lacey does. It is her intensity and her will to prepare that have helped her improve so much over the course of two years. At the same time, I feel strongly she hasn’t reached her full potential yet. She is a joy to watch and a joy to coach and, even though a lot of responsibility rests on her shoulders at that top position, she handles herself very well under the most stressful situations.”


Biggest Influence of tennis career: Support from family, been there through all the highs and lows, have cheered every step of the way.

Spends free time: Relaxing, spending time with family and friends.

Favorite place to play tennis other than Arizona: San Diego, Calif.

Favorite Sport other than Tennis: Hockey

Favorite Movie: A Walk to Remember

Favorite Food: Sweet potato fries

Why she chose Arizona: “The coaches, players and beautiful campus. Playing for Arizona fulfills my desire to play for a top Division-I university within the prestigious Pac-12 Conference.”

On Coach Maes: “Coach Maes is extremely dedicated to her coaching and really wants her players to be the best they can be. She makes us all work hard to achieve our goals and I know she is going to help me achieve my aspirations while I’m here at the U of A.”