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Keri Thompson
Keri Thompson

Hometown:
Clark Lake, Mich.

High School:
Lumen Christi High

Birthdate:
01/15/1983

Experience:
4L


Fall 2004: Competed in the "A" flight singles championship match at The Yonex Spartan Cup falling to Eatern Michigan's Victoria Domina, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3...Wolverine Invitational "Blue" flight singles champion...competed at the ITA Midwest Regional Tournament...finished the fall season with a 9-4 overall singles record...shared a 5-3 doubles record with Sarah Andrews.

Spring 2004: Spent all of the season at the No. 1 position...faced 10 nationally-ranked players, seven of which were in conference play...victories include: No. 38 Dora Vastag (former Spartan and teammate) and No. 75 Katie McGaffigan of Wisconsin...paired up with Caroline Lay at the No. 1 doubles spot where they defeated the nationally-ranked No. 30 team from Michigan in their conference opener. Fall 2003: Did not compete.

Spring 2003: Overall singles record of 18-10...eight-match winning streak...workerd her way up to compete at the No. 1 singles...led the team in singles victories...was 9-8 with Caroline Lay in doubles at the No. 1 position.

Fall 2002: 3-1 at the Wolverine Classic...went 3-1 at the ITA Midwest Ragional Championship.

Spring 2002: Collected a 9-10 singles mark in the spring...beat Joanne Musgrove of Michigan 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 (3/28)...played No. 1 singles most of the spring.

Fall 2001: Was 2-4 during the fall season in doubles, and had a 1-5 singles record.

High School: Four-year letter winner in tennis ... competed under head coach Rich Easterling at the No. 1 singles position all four years ... 2000 tennis team captain ... 1999 and 2000 state champion ... received all-league, all-district and all-state honors for tennis 1997-2000 ... was undefeated in senior year ... four time team MVP ... three-year letter winner in volleyball ... named 2001 volleyball team captain ... received all-league and all-district honors in volleyball 2000 and 2001 ... two time team MVP for volleyball.

Personal: Born January 15, 1983 ... daughter of Tim and Sandra Thompson ... sister, Marcy, played tennis at Marquette University 1991-1994 ... sister, Julie, played tennis at Eastern Michigan University 1990-1993 ... has aspirations to be a high school teacher and coach.

Coach Bauer's Comments:

"The combination of a huge heart and overflowing raw athletic talent make Keri perhaps the toughest competitor on an MSU team full of talent. Fearless in her desire to learn and improve Keri has pushed herself to add new elements to her game. Each day Keri figures out her own style more completely and becomes more effective in pressuring opponents.

"A very successful USTA junior, Keri's college career will prove to eclipse her past successes as Keri is committed to seeing how much she can improve. Few athletes learn as quickly as Keri and fewer are fearless enough to bring those new skills into an already existing game. Watch for Keri to succeed in huge upsets this spring as many players will not be able to handle the new attacking style she is crafting each day in practice. Keri can pressure opponents through overwhelming pace off of the ground.

"Keri's personality also can lift the team as she is becoming a leader both on and off of the court. To have such a tough competitor who also knows how to laugh and enjoy the game makes my coaching job a very easy one. I look for Keri to exceed everyone's expectations including her own. The unwavering ambition of a champion is Keri's strongest asset."

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