Nelli Ponomareva
Nelli  Ponomareva
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Krasnodar, Russia

High School:
Krasnodar School #43

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:
08/01/1996

2016-17: Named to the All-MAC Second Team … concluded her season with a 16-15 record in singles play, going 10-13 in dual play and 3-6 in MAC tilts … held a record of 8-12 at first position … in doubles, teamed up with Shapovalova to go 6-15, with 4-8 at No. 1 … was named Mid-American Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week on February 22 after posting victories against Eastern Kentucky (2/17) and Xavier (2/19) … had a three-game winning streak Oct. 7-9 and a four-game winning streak from Nov. 4 – Jan. 24. 

2015-16:
Named to the first-team All-MAC ... finished season with 21-15 singles record, including 13-8 mark in dual play and 7-1 record in MAC play ... completed season with 2-1 record at No. 2 position, 6-4 record at No. 3 and 5-3 record at No. 4 ... reached Round of 32 at ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship ... reached consolation final at UVA Invitational ... won clinching match in 4-3 victory over No. 55 Marshall on February 14 ... named Miami Female Athlete of the Week on February 15 and April 11 ... her 36 career singles victories are second-most of any returning RedHawk ... finished with team-high 20-15 record in doubles, including 7-7 dual play mark and 7-1 MAC mark ... went 9-7 at No. 2 position and 3-1 at No. 3 position ... paired with Anastasiia Vasiuhkina to win MAC Doubles Team of the Week on January 27, March 29 and April 7 ... pair earned 12 victories, including nine at No. 1 position and 4-0 MAC record ... named to Academic All-MAC Team

2014-15: Finished freshman campaign with 15-7 singles record, including 6-1 MAC record ... posted 7-3 record at No. 4 singles and 5-1 record at No. 3 singles ... posted 11-12 record in doubles play, playing primarily with Christine Guerrazzi (11-12) ... teamed with Guerrazzi to finish with 8-11 record in dual play and 3-2 MAC record at No. 1 doubles ... pair defeated nationally-ranked pairs from Western Michigan and Ball State, leading to MAC Doubles Team of the Week awards on March 25 and April 22 ... won No. 1 doubles championship at FGCU Invitational with Christine Guerrazzi

PRIOR TO MIAMI: Participated in WTA, Tennis Europe, and ITF events ... won TE doubles title in Armenia and was ITF doubles runner-up in Slovenia and Serbia ... reached final of 30 Russian tournaments

PERSONAL: Born on August 1, 1996 in Krasnodar, Russia ... daughter of Roman and Olga Ponomareva ... attended Krasnodar School #43 ... majoring in Interactive Media Studies