Kansas Jayhawks
Maria Martinez - Women's Tennis - Kansas Jayhawks

Maria Martinez

Class Junior
Hometown Havre DeGrace, Md.
High School Elkton Christian Academy

Fall 2010 (Senior): Did not compete due to injury.

2009-2010 (Junior): Posted overall records of 14-17 in singles and 8-18 in doubles… In the spring, went 9-14 primarily playing at Nos. 4 and 5 singles positions, including a mark of 0-11 in Big 12 play… Partnered with Allie Dzuba, Victoria Khanevskaya and Kunigunda Dorn in No. 3 doubles going 5-15 in the spring and 0-9 in the Big 12… Opened the season by recording six wins in the Jayhawks’ first eight matches… Gave KU its only point against No. 34 Tulsa with a 7-6 (6), 7-5 win over Ewa Szatkowska… Finished the fall season with a winning singles record of 5-3… Recorded an undefeated singles performance at the KU Invitational… Began the season 2-1 in doubles with Dorn… Saw the most success with Dzuba, playing to a 7-9 record in the fall and spring.

2008-2009 (Sophomore): Posted a career-best mark of 20 singles wins, including a 13-10 dual-match mark, mostly at the No. 5 position… Finished with overall records of 20-13 in singles 7-15 in doubles… Went 7-5 in Big 12 play to finish with the second-best No. 5 singles record in the conference… Won three matches in a row in March and another three in a row in Big 12 play… Partnered with Erin Wilbert in 20 matches, finishing 7-13… Awarded Kansas[apos] sportsmanship honor… Was the Jayhawks[apos] top fall singles player, finishing 7-3… Fall season was highlighted by a stretch of six-straight wins… Went 3-1 at both the New Mexico Tournament and the Jayhawk Invitational, where she finished second in the Jayhawk Flight… Won her first match in the ITA Central Regionals Qualifying round, but was eliminated in her second match… Went 4-2 with Wilbert in the fall… The pair went undefeated at the Jayhawk Invitational.

2007-2008 (Freshman): Went 1-4 in singles play, all of which came at the No. 6 position… Recorded a win over UMKC[apos]s Nicole Kofron on in Kansas’ shutout victory… Played No. 3 doubles with Magdalena Tokarczyk for parts of the season, going 3-4… The pair notched victories in KU[apos]s duals against Iowa, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech… Also played in three matches with Lauren Hommell, going 1-2 at the No. 3 position, and in one match with Yuliana Svistun… Went 2-8 in singles play… Notched her first career win over Kansas State[apos]s Katja Kudlakova at the ITA Central Region Championships, where she finished one win short of advancing to the main singles draw… Advanced to the semifinals of the Pink singles draw at Seminole Invitational… Played in 11 doubles contests, going 2-6 with Kunigunda Dorn and 1-2 with Mymee Tokuda… Picked up a first-round win with Dorn at the ITA Central Region Championships… Reached the semifinals of the Black doubles bracket with Tokuda at the Seminole Invitational.

High School: Excelled as a student and tennis player at Elkton Christian Academy in Elkton, Md… Graduated with a 3.6 GPA and an award in Speech… Coached by George Panian… Mid-Atlantic[apos]s No. 2 ranked player in Girl[apos]s 18s division… Competed in two USTA Fed Cup tournaments… Also received Mid-Atlantic rankings of No. 3 in Girl[apos]s 16s, No. 3 in Girl[apos]s 14s, and No. 2 in Girl[apos]s 12[apos]s… Finalist in singles and doubles at Michigan[apos]s National Open at age 16… Also played in ITF events in Chile.

Personal: Born Maria Fernandez Martinez in Santiago, Chile… Parents are Rodrigo and Lorena Martinez… Has a younger sister, Alexa… Major is speech language hearing… Planning on a career in speech pathology.