UW will play on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time
UW now on a three-match winning streak
UW wraps up league play next Saturday
UW plays Utah State on Sunday morning
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SENIOR (2013-14): Had a solid fall as she went 8-2 in singles action which included a six-match winning streak. She reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Mountain Regional tournament falling to the 32nd ranked player in the country. She and doubles partner Dorottya Jonas finished with an 8-5 overall record. They won their first three matches at the ITA Mountain Regionals reaching the semifinals. They would fall to Batta and Josifoska of UNLV. Currently ranks second in doubles wins (77) and tied for second in singles wins (73) in school history.
JUNIOR (2012-13): An All-Mountain West honoree in singles for the third time in her career and All-MW in doubles for the second year in a row. Came on strong towards the end of the fall as she went 7-3 in singles action. She won five of six matches to close out the fall season. Qualified for the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament and went 5-1 reaching the semifinals before falling to Aleksandra Josifoska of UNLV. She and doubles partner Simona Synkova entered the fall ranked 21st in the Campbell's/ITA preseason rankings. They went 11-2 overall including winning their first six matches. They qualified for the Riviera/ITA All-American Tournament and went 2-1. Followed that up with a 5-1 record at the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament falling in the finals to Miles and Bekerova of Utah. Popovici went 10-11 during the spring on her way to a 17-14 record overall in singles play at the number one position. She finished with a 3-5 record in league with wins over Air Force, CSU and New Mexico which helped her earn All-MW honors for the third year in a row. She and Synkova continued their solid doubles play. They went 14-6 overall in the spring and 25-8 overall for the year. Finished with a 6-1 in MW matches and won their last five matches in a row to close out the season. That record helped her take home MW doubles honors for the second time in her career. She earned Academic All-Mountain West and Scholar Athlete honors for the third time.
SOPHOMORE (2011-12): An All-Mountain West selection in singles for the second year in a row, while being named to the All-Mountain West doubles team for the first time in her career. Continued to play solid tennis as she went 10-2 during the fall. She had a nine-match winning streak during that time. Had a 3-1 record at the Mountain Regional tournament making it into the semifinals before falling to Alexandra Josifoska of UNLV. Finished with a solid 10-3 mark in doubles action. She and Simona Synkova went 9-1 which included a 5-0 record at the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament. With winning the title, they participated in the USTA National Indoor Championship and finished 1-1. Popovici went 10-12 in singles action during the spring at the number one position to finish with a 20-14 overall record. In league action, she went 3-4 with wins over Air Force, Boise State and Colorado State. Finished with an overall doubles record of 22-11 and 21-9 with Simona Synkova. They went 4-3 in Mountain West play on their way to earning honors. The pair were also ranked 44th heading into the spring and stayed among the Top 60 or better in the Campbell's/ITA rankings all eight weeks. For the second year in a row, she earned Academic All-Mountain West and Scholar Athlete honors.
FRESHMAN (2010-11): Had a solid start to her career as she went 13-3 overall in singles play during the fall. She earned her first career victory over Lauren Mulhern of Colorado State, 6-0, 6-0, (9/16/10). Won her first four straight matches to begin the fall and had another seven-match streak as well. Qualified for the Mountain Regional Tournament going 3-1 overall. She would make it into the round of eight eventually falling to Anastasia Putilina of Utah. She went 6-2 in doubles play and 3-0 with partner Carly Van Hollen. Continued the momentum into the spring as she won her first 10 of 13 matches, including a seven match winning streak. She finished dual play with a 15-6 mark and 28-9 overall. In league play, she went 5-3 at the number one position, which helped her earn MW honors for the first time in her career. In doubles play, Popovici went 22-8 for the year and 16-6 in dual play during the spring. She and partner Carly Van Hollen went 19-6 overall and 5-3 in MW play. They opened up the non-conference by winning eight of their first nine matches. She was selected Academic All-MW and Scholar-Athlete for the first time in her career.
HIGH SCHOOL: A top ranked junior and senior singles and doubles player. She was ranked 1,111 in the spring on the Sony Ericsson WTA tour, while her highest singles ranking was 808 in 2008. In doubles, her ranking on the tour was 934 in 2009.
PERSONAL: Born September 21, 1990 in Piatra Neamt, Romania. She is the daughter of Neculai and Mariana Popovici and has one sibling, Catalin. Majoring in family and consumer science (human nutrition and food).