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  Kristina Ribicic

Kristina Ribicic

Player Profile

Hall of Fame:
2008

Graduated:
2003

Kristina Ribicic is the second person affiliated with the women's tennis program to be elected to the Athletics Hall of Fame at USC Upstate.

Ribicic is the first honoree connected with the resurgence of the women's tennis program. She played for the team from 1999-2003. She joined Marcela Gonzalez and Martina Stoklaskova to form the foundation which the program has used to achieve tremendous success in recent years. It was her leadership, in particular, that helped form a cohesive team unit for four years. It was her play on the court that helped bring success to the team.

Prior to Ribicic's arrival, the women's program had posted three wins in the previous three seasons combined. She led the team to nine wins as a freshman in 2000, finishing the season with an 8-6 singles record. She led the team to 10 wins in 2001, finishing the year with nine singles wins. Despite finishing the season without an invitation to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2002, Ribicic led the team to a record-tying 12 wins. She was 13-7 in singles play and 11-9 in doubles action.

Ribicic helped the team make history in 2003. She finished the year 16-3 in singles play and 20-3 in doubles action to help the team win a school record 15 matches and advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in eight years and just the second time in program history. The tournament appearance came just four years after the program posted a 2-13 record in 1999.

Ribicic ranks fifth all-time in combined wins with 87 victories in singles and doubles play. Her 46 singles wins marks the fifth-highest total in school history. She also ranks fifth all-time with 41 doubles victories. The 16 wins in 2003 ranks as the 10th-best single-season effort in school history, while her .842 winning percentage that year is the third-highest total. She also ranks third with 20 doubles wins in 2003 and an .870 doubles winning percentage that same year.

In addition to her ability on the tennis court, Ribicic was a standout in the classroom. She was a four-time member of the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Academic Honor Roll and a Dean's List student.

A native of Croatia, Ribicic came to the United States as a junior tennis player at the Saddlebrook Academy in Florida. She has returned to her home in Germany and currently works for CHAIROS Corporate Housing Services.