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Natsuko Takayanagi
Height: 5'3"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fukui, Japan
High School: Northwest Guilford [N.C.] HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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2013-14
Fall: Selected to the Dean’s List ... Was one of two 49ers to participate in all four tournaments … Posted a pair of triumphs in singles action to close the year at the round-robin 49er Invitational ... Knocked off her opponents from USC Upstate and Coastal Carolina in straight sets ... Collected a doubles victory with classmate Lisa Grosselius over their foes from USC Upstate in the same event.
Spring: Honored as an ITA Scholar Athlete … Member of the Conference USA Honor Roll … Selected to the Chancellor’s List … Recognized as a “Perfect Niner” with a 4.0 semester GPA … Placed second on the squad with nine singles victories … Garnered four wins apiece at the No. 3 and No. 4 slots … Earned triumphs in four of her last five regular-season decisions … Three of the four wins were in straight sets, as she surrendered only a combined five games and blanked her foe from North Carolina Central (April 9) … Included her only three-set triumph of the campaign in the final road match of the season at UNC Greensboro (April 2) to secure the team’s only point … Captured a victory by only dropping two games in her Conference USA Championships match versus Southern Miss (April 16) … Started the dual match season with a neutral-site win versus Radford (Jan. 24) … Posted all of her doubles victories at the No. 2 slot, playing with three different partners.

2012-13
Fall: Garnered a spot on the Athletic Director’s List … Won her lone dual match, competing at the No. 1 position … Picked up a pair of straight-set victories at the round robin Charlotte 49er Invitational … Dropped a combined three games in the two contests … Added a straight-set triumph over her opponent from North Carolina State at the ITA Carolina Regional … Posted a four-match win streak in doubles, which included a dual match victory … Reached the finals of the Wake Forest Invitational flight after opening with three-straight wins … Started the year with a triumph at the College of Charleston Invitational.
Spring: Named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... Chosen to the Dean's List ... Tabbed to the Athletic Director's List ... Earned All-Atlantic 10 Second Team accolades … Competed exclusively at the No. 2 slot … Tied for second with 11 dual match singles victories overall … Ended the campaign with three-straight wins, including both Atlantic 10 Championships meetings against foes from Rhode Island (April 18) and Richmond (April 19) … Victory against the Rams clinched the team win … Was triumphant in seven of her final eight matches overall … Recorded three-set decisions during the stretch against opponents from Wofford (March 19) and in the regular-season finale at Davidson (April 12) … Contributed another three-set victory in the spring opener at USC Upstate (Feb. 1) … Played mostly at the No. 2 doubles position … Member of duo that won lone league tournament decision, versus Richmond … Chipped in triumphs in first two decisions of the campaign, at USC Upstate and at Liberty (Feb. 9) … Garnered a win at the No. 1 slot in the lone regular-season Atlantic 10 match against Dayton (March 28).

2011-12
Fall: Selected to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll … Tabbed to the Dean’s List … Started the campaign with a flourish, posting victories in 10 of her first 11 singles matches … Rolled through the four dual matches, playing the top-three slots … Clinched a triumph in all three of her contests at the round robin Davidson Invitational, including one three-set win … Marked her only three-set match of the season … Added a four-match win streak in doubles play … Tallied victories in all three dual matches in which she played … Posted a pair of triumphs to close the campaign at the round robin Davidson Invitational … Notched a win at the season-opening College of Charleston Invitational.
Spring: Picked to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll … Landed a spot on the Chancellor’s List … Named an ITA Scholar Athlete … Garnered All-Atlantic 10 Second Team plaudits … Finished with a team-high 23 overall (fall and spring) singles victories, tying for eighth in program history … Total places her third among freshmen in school history … Registered a season-best five match win streak from against USC Upstate (Feb. 25) through against Western Michigan (March 17) … Included a three-set triumph during the run against Western Carolina (March 15) … Recorded back-to-back three-set victories in Atlantic 10 action at Dayton (Feb. 10) and then at UNC Asheville (Feb. 18) … Tallied final three-set win at Appalachian State (April 10) to stretch streak to three-straight triumphs … Posted an Atlantic 10 Championships victory versus Saint Louis (April 20) … Scored three two-match win streaks during doubles action, including the triumph versus Saint Louis … Win against the Billikens locked up the doubles point … Tandem closed the regular season with a victory at Campbell (April 13) … Collected regular-season A-10 wins over opponents at Dayton and versus St. Bonaventure (March 3).

Prep
Placed third in the state for singles … Ranked as high as No. 3 in North Carolina and No. 93 nationally according to the Tennis Recruiting Network.

Personal
Born July 23, 1993 … Daughter of Kuniyoshi and Ryuko Takayanagi … Has one sibling, Haruka … A finance major with a minor in economics.

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