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Blake Strode
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 175
Year: Senior
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: Pattonville HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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Blake Strode
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Release: 10/10/2005

SPRING 2008: At the spring season-opening event at the Shocker Invitational in Wichita, Kan., he earned two singles wins and one doubles victory. Ranked No. 76 in the nation to begin the spring, he beat Luka Marinkovic of Illinois State, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, at the Shocker Invitational to secure his 60th career singles win at Arkansas. In doubles play, he and Mascall beat No. 47 Marinkovic and Daniel Tobar, 8-4, the second of three wins over a ranked team for the Razorback duo.  Strode won five of his next eight singles matches in non-conference play. He defeated No. 21 Andrei Daescu, 6-3, 6-4, to give the Oklahoma sophomore his first loss of the spring and help Arkansas to a 4-3 upset of the then-No. 33 Sooners. His first two conference wins came against No. 65 Ryan Preston and No. 56 Bruno Agostinelli of Vanderbilt and Kentucky, respectively. Both wins clinched Razorback victories and gave Arkansas its first weekend sweep since the 2002 season. For his efforts, Strode was named the SEC Player of the Week for the second time in his career. During the SEC schedule, he began teaming with Matt Hogan. The new doubles partners picked up two conference wins, including an 8-6 win at the No. 1 position over Pedro Campos and Yevgeny Supeko of South Carolina. The win clinched the Razorbacks’ first doubles point in conference play.  Strode struggled down the stretch of the season with tough losses against conference opponents, including five top-30 players. He closed out the season with a straight-sets victory over Preston, 6-3, 6-3, in the first round of the SEC Tournament. He finished the year with a team-high 19 doubles wins and as one of six Razorbacks with double-digit singles victories. For his work in the classroom, Strode was named the SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year, a member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll and a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree. He was also the recipient of the Central Region ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship.

FALL 2007: He began the season with a No. 20 singles ranking and a No. 12 doubles preseason ranking with Colin Mascall. After two tough losses to top-75 opponents at the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships in Tulsa, Okla., he advanced to the round of 16 and quarterfinals at his next two events. At the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational, he defeated Brad Williams of Texas A&M, 6-3, 6-2, to secure a spot in the round of 16. He picked up three wins and advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Central Regional before dropping a straight-sets decision to No. 94 Dalibor Pavic of Drake. In doubles action, Strode and Mascall advanced to the finals of two events—the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational and the ITA Central Regional—during the fall schedule. Looking to defend its title from the previous season, the Razorback duo picked up two wins in Midland to earn a spot in the finals, but lost to Bruno Alcala and Claudio Christen of Arizona, 8-5. In the doubles bracket at the ITA Central Regional, he and Mascall pushed through the draw into the finals, including an 8-3 win over No. 34 Oleksandr Nedovyesov and Dmytro Petrov in the semifinals.

SPRING 2007: Playing at No. 1 for the Hogs, he compiled a record of 16-6 in dual matches and 7-4 in SEC play. In 2007, Strode was 10-7 against ranked opponents and finished the regular season with six straight wins, the last five coming against ranked foes. Against the top 50, he posted a record of 6-5. A first-team All-SEC honoree, Strode was ranked as high as No. 43 by the ITA. He opened the season winning nine of his first 10 matches. He went on to win seven of his 11 SEC dual matches to earn first-team All-SEC accolades. He earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Singles Championship. He won his opening match, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8), defeating Andreas Weber of Hawaii. He fell in the round of 32 to No. 16 Andre Begemann of Pepperdine, 6-3, 6-3. In doubles play, he compiled a season record of 20-11, including a 19-10 record with Colin Mascall. The pair ranked as high as No. 15 and marked a dual record of 15-8 and 6-6 in the SEC. Their victories over conference opponents include matches against Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Alabama. The duo ended the season ranked No. 36 and qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championships. They fell to No. 4 Marco Born and Andreas Siljestrom of Middle Tennessee State, 6-2, 6-4. For his outstanding work in the classroom, Strode was named CoSIDA Academic All-District with the potential to be named Academic All-American after another round of voting. Strode has maintained a 4.0 GPA as double major in international economics and Spanish.

FALL 2006:  Opening the fall ranked 96th in the nation, he picked up where he left off in the spring, racking up a 9-3 record playing in three tournaments.  He opened the season at the Polo All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., knocking off Alabama’s Billy Mertz and SMU’s Federico Murgier before falling Michigan’s number one, Brian Hung.  At the Racquest Club Collegiate in Midland, Texas, he notched three wins, including a straight-set triumph over Jonah Kane-West of Texas, 6-2, 6-4.  He advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Central Region Championships in Tulsa, reaching the round of four by upsetting 11th-ranked Daniel Byrnes of Oklahoma St., 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (5).  He also enjoyed a successful fall campaign on the doubles court, posting a 3-1 and winning the Racquet Club Collegiate in Midland, Texas. 

SPRING 2006:  He posted one of the best seasons in school history in his freshman campaign, going 27-7 and tying the 11th-best win total in school history, and earning second team All-SEC honors.  He became just the second freshman in school history to earn All-SEC accolades.  His 27 wins were more than any other freshman in the SEC, and he tallied an impressive 8-3 record in SEC play.  He began the spring ranked 19th in the nation, and went 15-5 in the No. 4 spot for the Hogs.  He notched wins in each of the Razorbacks six SEC team victories, and also contributed a point in the NCAA Tournament win over Michigan.  He won nine consecutive matches from March 26 to April 20, including knocking off 72nd-ranked Juan Pablo Di Cesare of Ole Miss, 7-6(3), 7-6(4).   He ended the spring ranked 10th in the ITA Central Region after going 8-0 in regional action.

FALL 2005:  He made a big splash early in his Razorback career.  He claimed two wins at the Navy Invitational, and then won five consecutive matches to claim the title in the top flight of the South Carolina Invitational.  He defeated 34th-ranked Oscar Posada of East Tennessee State, 51st-ranked Brandon Wai of Yale and South Carolina’s 15th-ranked Tom Eklund en route to his first collegiate title.  In doubles, he partnered with Taylor King and Matt Roberts, posting an 8-1 overall doubles mark.  He and King were perfect at the Navy Invitational, while he and Roberts advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Central Region Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL:  He attended Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, Missouri.  He was a four-year letterman, state champion, a high school All-American and was ranked as high as 18th in Boys’ 18’s.  He served as three-time captain of his team for Coach Jeff Grass.

PERSONAL: Born July 9, 1987, in St. Louis, Missouri, he is the son of James and Angela Strode. His father was a pitcher at Kentucky State University and played in Triple-A. He is now a pitching coach with the Chicago Cubs. He has an older sister, Brooke, 21, who plays volleyball at Howard University. He was a National Merit finalist, was valedictorian of his graduating class, and is a recipient of the prestigious Bodenhamer Fellowship. He is enrolled in the Honors College and is majoring in international economics and Spanish.

 


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