Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Laresa Marino Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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According to Maes: "We expect Laresa to play a major leadership role this year. We also believe that she can add a point to our scoreboard every time she steps on the court."

Summer 2001: Assisted psychology professors at the UA in conducting lab research...

Arizona: Junior (2000-01): Fourth on the team in singles victories (16)... Reeled off a season- high four match winning streak against players from New Mexico, Arizona State, Tulane and Furman... Played at the No. 4 singles spot... Recorded straight sets victories over UCLA's Lauren Fisher and Southern California's Bernadette Bayani... Advanced to singles finals of flight at William & Mary Invitational... Defeated Texas' Pauline Trinchant and Ziva Grasic in straight sets in the first and second rounds at the Thunderbird Invitational... Won opening round match at ITA Region VIII Tournament over UCLA's Zana Zlebnik... Paired with Debbie Larocque for doubles play at the No. 2 position... Logged 12 wins... Earned a spot in doubles poll three times (4/25, 4/29, 6/1) and was ranked as high as 41st... Reached semifinals of Pac-10 Championships... Sophomore (1999-2000): Recorded 19 singles wins, tripling her total from her freshman year... Victorious in both NCAA Regional matches against New Mexico and Southern California... Swept all three matches at the UA Invitational... Season-high win streak of four matches... Advanced to the semifinals of the invitational draw at the Pac-10 Championships... Teamed with Joanna Buczkowska to form the No. 3 doubles team, compiling a 5-5 mark at the spot... Logged a 5-6 singles record and a 6-3 doubles mark... Freshman (1998- 99): Split time with Carly Stringer at the No. 6 singles position and paired with her for the No. 3 doubles team on the squad...

High School: Graduated from Patrick Henry High School in San Diego... Four-year letterwinner in tennis... Two-time Union Tribune all-academic team... Seventh-ranked singles player in Southern California and 11th in the nation in doubles... Finished third in the Copper Bowl singles tournament at the age of 16... Earned team MVP honors her senior year... Team compiled 64-0 record during her high school career under head coach Jim Ault...

Personal: Daughter of Tom and Roxanne Marino... Enjoys going to the beach... Born in San Diego, Calif.