Assistant Coach Derek Schwandt spending summer helping top college player prepare for the pros
2009, 2010 All-American (singles)
General: An all-court player, who has great shot-making ability as well as tactical sense ... Great attitude and very mature ... Won a pair of Pro Circuit singles titles (Atlanta, Ga., St. Joseph, Mo.) and the St. Joseph Pro Circuit doubles title during the summer, 2009 ... Solidified top spot in Yellow Jacket lineup ... Ranks 10th all-time in program history in singles victories with 70 ... After two seasons, ranks first all-time in winning percentage at .824 (70-15).
2009-10: Compiled a 40-3 record overall and was 26-1 in singles during the dual-match season to earn All-American honors ... Her 26 dual-match singles victories are a new school record ... Her 40 singles wins ranks fourth all-time in program history ... Only the third Yellow Jacket to win 40 matches in a season ... Her .930 winning percentage is by far the best in program history ... Finished 30-3 against nationally-ranked opponents, including 18 against players ranked in the nation's top 25 ... Reached the Quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Singles Tournament as the No. 1 seed ... Led her team to the 2010 ACC Championship title and was named MVP of the tournament after going 4-0 in singles, including the tournament clinching victory over No. 22 Sanaz Marand of No. 1 North Carolina ... Was named the ACC Player of the Year after going 10-0 against conference opponents at the No. 1 spot in the lineup ... Scored a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 40 Ellah Nze to catapult her team to a 4-3 upset win over No. 7 Duke (4/10) ... Defeated No. 2 Jana Juricova of Cal, 7-6, 7-5, at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships (2/12) ... Competed for USA in fourth annual Master'U BNP Paribas, an international collegiate competition ... In the fall, won second career national title and first in singles with a 6-2, 6-1 over No. 2 Chelsey Gullickson of Georgia ...Reached the finals of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships before falling to No. 2 Juricova, 6-4, 7-6 ... In doubles, recorded a 22-11 overall record and was 17-7 during the dual-match season, playing with Sasha Krupina ... The duo earned a ranking as high as No. 21 during the year.
2008-09: Recorded one of the best rookie campaign's in Tech history with 30 singles wins and earned 2009 All-American and All-ACC honors ... Registered a 16-9 dual-match singles record, competing at the top two spots in the lineup ... Finished 18-11 against ranked opponents including a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over then No. 1 Maria Mosolova of Northwestern ... Won her nine of her last 12 singles matches during the dual season ... Earned a national ranking as high as No. 5 during the dual-match season ... Helped Tech to its fifth straight NCAA Round of 16 appearance ... Teamed with Sasha Krupina for most of the dual-match season, earning a 12-4 mark in doubles ... Finished with an overall mark of 25-15 in doubles ... Finished the fall season with a 9-3 doubles record with Amanda McDowell ... The pair blew through the qualifying draw before dominating the main draw to win the 2008 ITA All-American doubles title ... The twosome defeated the nation's No. 1, No. 3, No. 8, No. 17, No. 21 and No. 26 teams ... In singles, finished with a 9-2 record ... Registered wins over the nation's 21st, 24th and 94th ranked players ... Finished the fall ranked No. 6 in the ITA South Region Rankings and No. 2 in doubles (with Amanda McDowell).
High School/Junior Tennis: A tennisrecruiting.net five-star recruit ... Ranked as the top recent graduate in the nation ... Has played on the WTA Circuit the past 1 1/2 years ... Won a 10K in Monterrey, Mexico in 2007 ... Ranked as a high as 464 in singles and 522 in doubles ... Placed third at the 2008 National Hard Courts ... Attended high school at William T. Dwyer for one year and Florida Virtual School for three.
Personal: Born Irina Alejandra Falconi on May 4, 1990 in Portoviejo, Ecuador ... Daughter of Carlos and Silvia Falconi ... Has one older sister, Stephanie ... Father was a professional soccer player ... Grew up in New York City ... Lists playing the piano as one of her hobbies ... Majoring in history.
Irina Falconi's Career Statistics
SINGLES DOUBLES Year Dual Overall Dual Overall 2008-09 16-9 (.640) 30-12 (.714) 15-10 (.600) 25-15 (.625) 2008-09 26-1 (.963) 40-3 (.930) 20-8 (.714) 22-11 (.667) Total 42-10 (.808) 70-15 (.824) 35-18 (.660) 47-26(.644)