Kenza Belbacha

Kenza Belbacha

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Casablanca, Morocco

High School:
Ecole Al Jabr

Height:
5-7

2008-09: Posted a 4-3 singles record as a senior with a 3-1 mark at No. 5 and a 1-2 record at No. 6...Competed in two fall tournaments, posting a 3-2 singles record and a 4-1 mark in doubles play before the dual-match season began...Won three-straight singles matches to reach the C.L. Varner Memorial Flight B semifinals, not dropping a set along the way...Collected three straight victories at the FGCU/Johan Kriek Tennis Classic without dropping a set to begin the spring...Notched wins at No. 5 against Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic and Georgia Southern, while picking up a fourth victory against Florida Gulf Coast...Had an 11-4 overall doubles record...Teamed with Christy Core to win the C.L. Varner Memorial Flight B doubles crown...The duo won their first match over Troy's Stephanie Viera and Mirte Debakker, 8-6, before surrendering just two games in their final three contests for the first-place prize...Partnered with Katie Orletsky, Andrea Yacaman and Alexis Rodriguez playing at No. 2 and No. 3 in the spring play to finish with a 6-3 record.

2007-08: Finished the year with a 15-11 singles record and a 15-9 mark in doubles play...Went 11-6 in dual-match singles playing primarily at the No. 4 spot, including a winning streak of five straight from Feb. 20-March 7... The five-match winning streak featured three straight-set triumphs...Claimed two victories at the C.L. Varner Memorial Invitational and two more at the FGCU MLK/Johan Kriek Classic...Opened the spring with a 6-1, 6-0 win over FGCU's Leah Johnson...Picked up a 6-1, 6-3 victory against Syracuse's Ashley Spicer...Victorious in her final three outcomes, defeating Memphis' Kristin Chamberlain, Stetson's Megan Jones and Marshall's Isabell Raich in the C-USA Championship...Went 14-7 in doubles with Anna Yakimchenkova, with an 11-6 record at the No. 3 position...The duo posted wins vs. No. 7 Miami and No. 33 Florida International...They also won seven in a row from March 14-April 17, capped off by an 8-4 performance against Amanda Brown and Dara Toulch of Memphis in the C-USA Championship.

2006-07: In the fall, went 2-3 in singles, claiming a victory at the C.L. Varner Memorial and the ITA Southern Regionals...Teamed with Becky Gordon to go 1-2 in doubles...During dual-match play in the spring, had a 6-11 record at the No. 2 singles spot...Two of those six wins were in three sets...Defeated Mary Beth Winingham of No. 53 Dartmouth and Natalie Laszkowski of No. 71 Louisville...Went 2-2 with Megan Hunter in doubles action, but primarily partnered with Kyla McNicol as the duo had a 12-3 mark from the No. 2 position...Notched a 14-match winning streak from Feb. 24-April 19, which included 12 wins with McNicol and two with Hunter...During that stretch, gave up more than five games only once.

2005-06: Notched four victories at the No. 3 singles position, and was 8-13 overall...Locked up three straight wins March 22-25, defeating the likes of Murray State, Dartmouth and UTEP, all by straight sets...Defeated UTEP's Megan Pritchard in the Conference USA Championships, 6-1, 6-4...Recorded a 10-6 doubles mark, 6-1 with Anna Yakimchenkova, 4-4 with Elvira Serrot and 0-1 with Megan Hunter...Went 2-1 in the ITA Southern Regionals with Serrot...Won two matches with Yakimchenkova at the C.L. Varner Memorial Invite, as well as the final three matches together during the spring (Buffalo, Minnesota, Murray State).

Prior to UCF: Graduated from Ecole Al Jabr and was the No. 5 ranked player in Morocco...Advanced to the finals of the Moroccan Championships in the Under-10 and Under-12 age categories...Team won the national title four times...Was a finalist in both the Under-16 African Championship doubles and the Arabic Championship singles...Won the Under-16 crown in the Arab Championship doubles competition.

Personal: Born Kenza Jawhari Belbacha in Casablanca, Morocco...Parents are Driss and Amina Jawhari Belbacha...Has three brothers, Simohamed, Youssef and Mehdi...Began playing tennis at age five because her brother was playing...Her favorite grand slam tournament is the French Open...Considers her backhand her strength on the court...Plans to major in either finance or marketing.

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