Sasha Nionova
Sasha Nionova
Height: 5-9
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Riga, Latvia
High School: Riga-Tecno-Linguistic Gymnasium
Previous College: University of Detroit Mercy

AS A JUNIOR (2016-17)
HONORS: ITA All-America Team; ITA Scholar-Athlete; All-SSC 2nd Team; SSC Player of the Week (3/27/17, 4/17/17); D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award; SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll ... FALL 2016:
went 6-2 in three events ... was 2-0 at the Embry-Riddle Invitational; 1-1 at the ITA Regional; and 3-1 to finish second at the Mercer Gridiron Challenge ... paired with Lorena Rionda for a 2-1 record at the Embry-Riddle Invitatinal and 2-1 at the ITA Regionals ... teamed with Selin Devrimci to win backdraw at the Mercer Gridiron Challenge wih 4-1 record ... SPRING 2017: 9-2 at #1 singles ... 5-1 in Sunshine State Conference play ... was 4-2 vs. nationally-ranked opponents and 6-2 vs. regionally-ranked foes ... opened spring with seven straight wins ... also won seven straight doubles matches from Feb. 24 to March 24 ... CAREER RECORD (thru 2017): 14-4 in singles and 19-17 in doubles over two seasons.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2015-16)
HONORS: ITA Scholar-Athlete ... SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll ... FALL: posted a 3-3 record ... won three consecutive matches after losing her first match in the ITA South Regional Tournament  ... was 0-1 in doubles with Nina Vucevic and 1-2 with Linnea Skymberg ... SPRING: was 5-2 at numnber one singles, including a 1-1 record against nationally-ranked opponents and 2-2 while facing foes from the Sunshine State Conference ... posted an 8-8 record in doubles, including a 1-3 mark vs. nationally-ranked opponents and a 2-4 mark in the SSC ... teamed with Linnea Skymberg for a 5-7 record at #1 doubles ... paired with Lorena Rionda for a 3-1 record at #2 doubles ... won four straight singles matches (all at #1) from March 13-April 2 ... notched one win over a nationally-ranked singles opponent, knocking off 50th-ranked Natasa Vuckovic of Florida Tech on April 7 ... won five straight doubles matches with Skymberg from March 4-18 ... also won three straight while paired with Rionda from April 16-20 (first win in that streak from over Laurence Bourgault and Isabella Wong of Eckerd College, a team that was ranked #1 in the South Region.

Transferred to FSC from the NCAA Division I University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI ... Played the 2015 season at University of Detroit Mercy ...  Named the Horizon League Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-Horizon League selection ... Posted 11 singles wins and five doubles wins on the year ... Opened the season with a 2-10 record in singles, but won nine of her last 12 matches, including going 6-2 in the Horizon League at No. 1 ... 10 of her 11 singles wins were at the No. 1 spot and 10 were straight-set victories ... Advanced to the semifinal round of the Horizon League Championships ... Earned Horizon League Player of the Week on March 24 after posting two dominating wins over Green Bay's Stephanie Londre (6-3, 6-1) and Milwaukee's Chelsea Bailey (6-3, 6-0) ... Went 5-9 in doubles, including a 4-4 mark at the No. 3 spot and also played four matches at the No. 1 spot and one match at the No. 2 spot in the doubles line-up. 

Graduated from Riga-Tecno-Linguistic Gymnasium (2012) ... Also attended Riga 40th Intermediate School prior to transferring to Detroit ... Had an outstanding junior career in Latvia as she took third place in singles at the Latvian U-18 National Championships in 2011 and was also part of the U-18 doubles championships as well as the third place doubles squad at the Riga Women's National Championship ... Ranked as high a No. 3 in the U-14 and U-16 Latvian national rankings ... Helped lead her team to an U-16 Latvian Junior Team Championship and won a Latvian National Championship in doubles in 2008 … In 2009, she guided her squad to another national team championship and was part of a doubles title team at the Latvian Women’s National Championship and Latvian National Championship U-16… Also won a singles and doubles title at the Latvian Olympic Games in 2009… She was again part of a Latvian National Championship at the U-18 level in 2010 and won a Latvian Women’s Championship in doubles.  

Daughter of Svetlana Nionova ... Has a sister, Natalija Nechajeva ... Lists traveling, cooking and watching hockey as her hobbies ... has worked as a tennis pro at Navesink Country Club ... enjoys travelling and cooking ... plans to attend graduate school in New York ... accounting and business administration major.