Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Mirna Cicek

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Mirna Cicek

A Court Smash

As a young girl growing up in Croatia's capital of Zagreb, Mirna Cicak watched tennis pro Monica Seles on television and became inspired to play tennis at age 5. Now 19, the freshman with an upbeat personality is the top player on the Islander women's tennis team. She arrived at the Island University in January - her first visit to the United States - to continue tennis and earn a degree. In Croatia, Cicak competed in numerous tournaments throughout Europe including Italy, Romania, Serbia, Hungary and Germany. Cicak was the second ranked women's junior tennis player in her country and first in the under 18 division. She was instantly attracted to the nation's only university located on its own island, and was excited to train with Islanders tennis coach Steve Moore, who had spent a summer traveling with her former idol Seles and her coach Bobby Banck. In her first University college tennis match, Cicak beat out Rice University's No. 1 tennis player, who was in the top 25 in the national college ranking. As a freshman, Cicak played No. 1 singles and doubles for the Islanders and helped lead the women to their best season in school history, reaching the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time ever. To relax, she soaks up the sun at the area's beaches.

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