Cierra Gaytan-Leach
Cierra Gaytan-Leach

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Corona del Mar, Calif.

High School:
Corona del Mar

Last College:
Texas

Height:
5-10


Senior Season (2013-14): Named to the All-SEC second team following the season ... Became the first Mizzou tennis player to earn conference honors since 2005 ... Led the Tigers for the second season in a row with an 18-17 record at No. 1 singles for the fall and spring... Won four matches against ranked opponents ... Posted ranked wins over Rice's Natalie Beazant (6-3, 4-6, 10-8), Tennessee's Eve Repic (6-2, 6-2), Mississippi State's Georgiana Patrasc (6-4, 6-4) and LSU's Joana Vale Costa (6-3, 5-7, 6-3) ... Earned SEC wins against LSU, Tennessee and Arkansas ... Led matches against nationally ranked opponents on multiple occasions before those matches were suspended ... Teamed with Rachel Stuhlmann at No. 1 doubles to 8-8 for the spring ... Had an overall doubles record of 15-17.

Junior Season (2012-13): Led the Tigers with a 19-13 singles record in the fall and spring, all at No. 1 action ... Went 7-2 in the fall ... Advanced to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Central Region Championship ... Recorded wins over five players ranked in the top-120 ... Ousted No. 56 Yang Pang of Arkansas in the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Central Region Championship ... Had a nine-match winning streak to start the spring season ... Recorded SEC wins over South Carolina and Arkansas ... Went a combined 17-15 at No. 1 doubles play with Alex Clark (4-4) and Elisha Gabb (13-11) ... Gaytan-Leach and Clark notched three SEC doubles wins, over Kentucky, Arkansas and LSU ... Named to the Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Sophomore Season at Texas (2011-12): Named the Big 12 Champion at No. 4 singles ... Totaled a 27-14 overall singles record, including a 17-8 dual-match record and 7-2 mark in regular-season conference matches ... Registered a 22-13 overall doubles record ... Clinched Texas' final three victories of the season, all in postseason play ... Defeated Nebraska's Janine Weinreich (4-6, 6-3, 6-3) to clinch UT's 4-2 win over the Cornhuskers' in the NCAA Championship's round of 32 ... Defeated Wichita State's Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul (6-1, 7-6[1]) to clinch Texas' 4-0 win over the Shockers in the opening round of the NCAA Championship ... Rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Texas A&M's Janelle Cuthbertson to clinch Texas' 4-2 win over the Aggies in the finals of the Big 12 Championship ... Opened the Big 12 Championship with a 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4 win over Oklahoma State's Mary Jeremiah in UT's 4-1 win over the Cowgirls ... Defeated USC's 83rd-ranked Kaitlyn Christian (3-6, 6-3, 1-1, ret.) in UT's 4-3 loss to the fourth-ranked Trojans ... Defeated Clemson's Romy Kolzer (7-5, 6-4) in Texas' 4-3 win over the Tigers at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship • helped UT open the season with an upset win over No. 4 North Carolina by defeating the Tar Heels' Caroline Price, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Freshman Season at Texas (2010-11): Tallied a 12-6 overall singles record, including a 9-3 mark in dual matches and a perfect 6-0 record in conference play ... Recorded a 19-8 overall doubles record, including a 16-6 mark in dual matches ... Posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory over South Florida's Kate Parker in the Horns' 4-0 win over the Bulls in the opening round of the NCAA Championships ... Won eight consecutive conference matches, culminating with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Oklahoma's Tara Eckel in Texas' 4-2 victory over the Sooners in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships ... Notched a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kansas State's Carmen Borau Ramos in UT's 4-0 win over the Wildcats in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships ... Finished off the regular season with a pair of weekend wins over Iowa State's Marie-Christine Chartier (7-6 [1], 6-4) and Nebraska's Maike Zeppernick (6-2, 6-2) ... Defeated Oklahoma's Maria Kalashnikova by a 6-0, 6-3 count in UT's 5-2 regular-season win over Oklahoma in Austin ... Posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Oklahoma State's Sarah Meghoufel in the Horns' 6-1 win over the Cowgirls in Austin ... Defeated Baylor's Taylor Ormond (7-6 (3), 6-3 at sixth singles in the Longhorns' 5-2 defeat to the Bears ... Posted her first career dual-match victory when he knocked off Rice's Alex Rash (6-3, 7-6 [1]) in the Horns' 7-0 season-opening win over Rice.

Prep: Ranked as high as No. 7 nationally in doubles and among the top-10 in singles as a junior ... Claimed singles titles at four U.S. National Open events ... Easter Bowl doubles champion ... 2008 Team MVP at Corona del Mar.

Personal: Born Sept. 27, 1991 in Newport Beach, Calif. ... daughter of Rick Leach and Noel Gaytan.

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