Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Akilah James
Akilah James

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Last College:
South Carolina State

Height:
5-6

04/20/2013

Cats Dealt Heartbreak in Tempe

No. 67 Arizona women's tennis (9-14, 1-9) dropped its last match of the regular season, 4-3, to No. 22 Arizona State (16-5, 6-4) on Saturday afternoon at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe, Ariz.

04/18/2013

Arizona Embarks On Territorial Battle

No. 67 Arizona women's tennis (9-13, 1-8) will face No. 22 Arizona State (15-5, 5-4) in Tempe, Ariz., this Saturday, April 20, for a season-finale Territorial Cup matchup. The match is set to kick-off at 1 p.m.

04/13/2013

Arizona Drops Home Finale to Cal, 6-1

Despite pulling upsets at the No. 1 and 2 doubles spots to earn the doubles point, No. 75 Arizona was unable to extend its early 1-0 lead and fell 6-1 to No. 11 California.

04/12/2013

Arizona Swept by Stanford

No. 75 Arizona women's tennis (9-12, 1-7 Pac-12) fell 7-0 to No. 13 Stanford (15-3, 7-1 Pac-12) on Friday afternoon at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

04/10/2013

UA Women's Tennis Wraps Up Home Season

No. 75 Arizona women's tennis (9-11, 1-6 Pac-12) will compete at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center for the final time this season when No. 13 Stanford (14-3, 6-1 Pac-12) visits on Friday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. MST, and No. 11 California (12-5, 6-1 Pac-12) on Saturday at noon.

2012-13: Received the 2013 Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award for the southwest region...Posted a 13-11 singles record in her debut season as a Wildcat at the No. 3 and 4 spots...Recorded a 16-8 doubles record playing at Nos. 2 and 3.

South Carolina State: Went 13-1 overall and 6-0 in conference play at the No.2 and 3 singles spots and 9-0 as at the No. 1 doubles spot in her sophomore year. Earned Rookie of the Year honors, the First Team Award and the Bronze Academic Award.

High School: Graduated from Gibbs High School in New York, N.Y.

Coach Maes' Take: "Akilah is a terrific athlete. She has speed, power and a strong presence on the court. She brings a certain maturity to our team which will benefit this group. I strongly believe that Kiki is going to improve a ton this year because of the structure and intensity we provide at practice each day. She is determined to make a move in the rankings and I know she has the ability and commitment to do so. Kiki plays a high-energy game and can compete with the best of `em."

Personal

Biggest Influence of tennis career: Family--they're always supportive in my decisions.

Spends free time: Watching movies, eating, singing, spending time with family and friends.

Favorite places to play tennis other than Arizona: Brooklyn, New York City

Hidden Talent: Dancing

Favorite Sport other than Tennis: Basketball and table tennis

Favorite TV Show/Movie: Love and Basketball, Bride Wars and Good Times

Favorite Food: West Indian and Mexican

Why she chose Arizona: "I love Coach Maes, the team and the atmosphere."

On Coach Maes: "Coach Maes will stay on the court for hours, she's well-dedicated and wants to see the team grow on and off the court."