For RIC Senior, V Stands for Victory

by Brian Buonaiuto

 

When Donna Vongratsavay leaves Rhode Island College, she wonít be easily forgotten. Her name is plastered all over the RIC record book, not that any of this matters to Vongratsavay. "I never really thought about the points or the records, I just went out there to play and have fun."

The North Providence native leaves RIC as the all-time leader in doubles victories with a record of 51-14, compiling a .784 winning percentage that ranks fifth all-time. Her 65.5 points are second all-time, her 40-14 career singles record is good for fourth all-time and her win percentage of .740 is seventh all-time.

While holding numerous career marks, Vongratsavay also holds numerous single-season achievements. Of the top ten single-season point leaders, Vongratsavay holds three of them. She has three of the top 15 win totals for single-season victories in both singles and doubles play. She has compiled two straight 13-3 seasons, both ranking in the top 15 all-time.

Vongratsavay was the Little East Champion her junior year at number two doubles and got of to an 9-0 start to her senior campaign in 2002. "The great thing about Donna is her consistency, she plays hard on every point," says RIC Head Coach Kelly Lange. "Donna was very important in getting the rest of the team ready, and we could just pencil her in for a victory almost every time."

While Vongratsavay fell in the final at number two singles she did manage to pickup another LEC doubles title, this time winning at the number one flight with teammate Liz Barrette. The team finished third at the LEC Championships and ended the season with a 9-5 record under their first-year coach.

As for the future of RIC tennis, Vongratsavay is very optimistic. "They are going to win it next year, with the returnees and some of the newcomers, they are going to be very good."

It will be difficult for RIC to replace the consistency of Vongratsavay. "Her positive attitude, her true love for the game is going to be missed. She plays with so much heart, and battles every point," says Coach Lange.

Overall Vongratsavay enjoyed her time playing tennis at RIC. "I am going to miss being a part of a team, most people come here go to work and donít do anything else. Tennis is my one connection to RIC."

Vongratsavay still has one more year of academics to complete at RIC, and we may not have heard the last of her yet. "Maybe I will pick up another sport."

 

 

Career Achievements

65.5 points

Second all-time

40-14 Singles record

Fourth all-time

.740 Singles Winning %

Seventh all-time

51-14 Doubles record

First all-time

.784 Doubles Win %

Fifth all-time


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