Women's Tennis

 Caroline Lilley
Caroline Lilley


Portland, Oregon

High School:
Jesuit H.S.


  • 2009 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll
  • 2009 Two-time SEC Freshman of the Week (Feb. 2, Mar. 4)

2009 (Freshman): Notched a team-leading 25 wins during the 2008-09 season ...Secured five matches for the Cats including 4-3 victories over Ohio State and the program's second ever win over Florida ...Had a stretch of 10 wins in the fall followed by eight more in the spring ...Was the tournament champion at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and the June Stewart Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. ...Selected to play in the NCAA Doubles Championship with partner Carolina Escamilla, finishing with a 10-11 record and advancing to the Round of 16 after upending the overall No. 3 seed ...Ranked as high as No. 29 in doubles with Lilley ...Defeated multiple ranked teams during the season in doubles with the biggest upset coming over Arkansas' No. 18 Nanar Airapetian and Anouk Tigu ...Played primarily at the No. 5 position in singles during the spring ...Earn conference honors as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week twice, first for her win over Ohio State and then again as she clinched the upset over Clemson ...One of her biggest wins came over Georgia's Naoko Ueshima, ending Ueshima's 19-match win streak.

Junior Career: Finished second at state in doubles twice... Three-time All-State and All-District ... Ranked as the No. 68 recruit in the nation by TennisRecruiting.net and the No. 1 recruit in Oregon ... Coached by Tamer El Sawy and Mike Henderson at the El Sawy Tennis Center in Portland, Ore.

Personal: Born on Jan. 10, 1990 in Portland, Ore., to Charles and Denise Lilley ... Has three sisters, Kate (22), Clara (21) and Melissa (16) ... Father Charles skied collegiately for the University of Colorado in 1972-73, grandfather Theodore Lilley played baseball for Yale in the 1040's ... Played tennis and basketball in high school ... Plans to major in Business (Finance) or Kinesiology.

Getting to know Caroline...
Nickname: C-Line
Miles from home: 2,384
Favorite food: Italian, I love the carbs!
Tennis player you most admire: Roger Federer and Steffi Graff
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? On my own island in the Caribbean. Invite only!
What has given you the most pleasure in the last year? Seeing my progress on the court and being able to have my grandparents see me play.
Favorite late night snack: Frozen yogurt from Blazer Hall.
What has impressed you most about Coach Drada: His intensity on the court and his passion for the game. He challenges us physically and mentally and really pushes us to perform at our best each and every day.
You'd be surprised to know that: I was only supposed to be 5'7".
Your most memorable moment as a tennis player: Coming back from 6-0, 5-1 in a match that nobody thought I could win. I was only 10 but the guts that I showed in that match and the passion that I portrayed was pretty remarkable.

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