Panthers host West Virginia and Youngstown State in opening weekend action
AS A FRESHMAN (2013-14): Match-by-Match Results: Became the first ever Pitt Panther to crack the ITA national singles rankings, checking in at No. 86...Played the season at the No. 1 and No. 2 position in both singles and doubles...Finished with a team-high 14 victories in singles and team-high 19 victories in doubles...Began the season with three straight singles victories and four consecutive doubles wins, including an 8-5 victory against Virginia Tech's Ilinca Stoica and Kelly Williford with teammate Amanda Wickman ...Won three of her first four ACC singles matches against opponents from Wake Forest, Maryland, and Miami...Beat nationally-ranked Miami singles player Kelsey Laurente (No. 40) 7-5, 6-1...Helped lead Pitt to a team win against Duquesne, posting victories in singles (2-6, 7-5, 6-1) and doubles, playing with Taylor Washington, winning 8-7, (7-2)...Blakely ended the season with an overall record of 14-12 in singles and 19-11 in doubles.
HIGH SCHOOL: Set the individual record at Wyomissing Area at 81-1 over four years at the No. 1 position...recorded a perfect 32-0 record as a senior without losing a set...2012 PIAA State Singles Champion, District 3 Singles Champion and Berks League Singles Champion...helped lead the squad to four Berks League Team Championships, four District 3-AA Team Championships as well as two PIAA State team silver medals, a semifinal finish and a quarterfinal finish...four-time All-Berks selection...Wyomissing Area Tennis Coach's Award for leadership and contributions to the team in 2012...2013 National runner up and 2012, 2013 regional winner of the National Center for Women in Information Technologies Aspirations in Computing Award...National AP Scholar in 2012.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Dr. Thomas and Pamela Blakely...has three sisters: Loraine Bjorendahl, Grace Rebesco and Martha Merrill, all of which competed in collegiate athletics...Loraine rowed at UCF (1999-2000), Grace played tennis at South Carolina (2003-07) and Martha also was a tennis student-athlete at Virginia Tech (2008-12) and is currently a volunteer coach for the Panthers.