Yawna Allen Bio

Big 12 Player of the Week (3/14/06)

OSU Career:
Allen was a transfer in 2006 who made a positive impact on the Cowgirls despite a midseason injury. She is an excellent doubles player who spent a good portion of 2006 on OSU’s No. 1 doubles team, teaming with Zana Masnic. The pair played well with a 7-4 record in the Big 12.

2006 Fall Season: Finished the fall campaign with a 3-3 mark ... advanced to round of 16 at Central Region championships before injury defaulting against teammate Iryna Tkachenko ... teamed with newcomer Natalia Shatkovskaya in doubles and the duo went 3-2 ... the pair advanced to the finals of the Aggie Invitational ... the pair lost in the finals to No. 31-ranked Iva Gersic and Lucy Scott of New Mexico, 8-2 ... the duo lost in the round of 16 at the Central Region Championships.

Sophomore Season: Another newcomer who made an immediate impact on the Cowgirls ... competed at the No. 4 and 5 singles positions and went 12-8 ... recorded a 9-8 record at No. 4 singles ... was undefeated, 3-0, at the five slot ... had a three-match win streak on two separate occasions ... was named Big 12 Player of the Week on March 14 .... defeated BYU’s Dolly Chang, 6-1, 6-4 ... picked up a win in her first Bedlam matchup by defeating Christi Baxley, 6-2, 6-4 ... defeated Missouri’s Krissy Svetlic, 6-0, 6-4, in the first round of the Big 12 Championship to clinch the victory for O-State ... after dropping the first set to Texas’ Kelly Baritot, 1-6, she battled back to win the next two sets, 6-2, 6-4, in the Cowgirl’s near upset of the Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals ... ended the year by winning six of her last eight matches .... teamed with Zana Masnic to form one of the top double teams in the Big 12 ... they completed a 12-9 record overall ... the duo raised their level of play when moved up to No. 1 singles ... compiled an 8-3 record at that spot ... the duo had a long win streak of four ... they also went 7-4 in the  Big 12 ... the duo defeated Texas A&M’s All-Big 12 tandem of Tiffany Clifford and Sarah Forster, 8-3.

2005 Fall Season:
Beat UNLV’s Mery Constanti, 6-2, 7-5, to win the only singles match she competed at in the fall ... teamed with Zuzanna Osinska to record a 0-1 doubles record.

Freshman Season: Spent her freshman year at the University of Arkansas ... compiled a record of 17-12 for the Lady Backs ... recorded a six match winning streak in February ... competed mainly at the fourth and fifth position ... also recorded an 11-11 record in doubles play.

Before College: As a junior player, was ranked in the Top 50 in the nation ... reached the round of 32 at the Eastern Bowl Championships ... won the Arizona Junior Open 18s and the National Indian Championships ... made the consolation quarterfinals of the Copper Bowl ... also was ranked as the No. 6 doubles player under the age of 16 ... trained at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy for a year.

Personal: Born Jan. 8, 1986 ... daughter of Casaja Allen ... has one brother, Noah (19) ... majoring in News/Editoral Journalism ... mother played the No. 1 position on the men’s team at Haskell Junior College ... enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music and watching basketball ... lists Bridget Jones’ Diary and Ever After among her favorite movies ... likes to listen to Incubus, T.I. and Lil’ Wayne ... favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy ... lists Monica Seles, Pete Sampras and Justine Henin-Hardenne as her favorite athletes ... also is a big fan of Phoenix Suns basketball ... grandfather, Noah Allen, co-founded the North American Indian Tennis Association ... aunt, Dawn Allen, was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame.



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