Overview - Very aggressive sever and volleyer ... Excellent doubles player ... One of the top junior players in America in 1999 ... Expected to make and immediate impact in both singles and doubles.
Fall 1999 - Ranked No. 86 in the preseason ITA singles rankings ... Posted a 3-3 singles mark in fall action ... Advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA Regionals before falling to Pepperdine's Ipek Senoglu 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 ... Teamed with Elizabeth Schmidt to go 5-2 in doubles ... Reached the doubles semifinals with Schmidt at the ITA Regionals.
High School / Juniors - Graduated from Escondido Charter High School in Escondido, CA ... Did not play high school tennis ... One of the top juniors in the nation in 1999 ... Ranked No. 8 in singles and No. 1 in doubles in USTA Girls 18's ... Also ranked No. 1 in doubles in 1998 with teammate Allison Bradshaw (ASU) ... Two-time national doubles champion in the Girl's 18s Division, earning two wildcards into the main draw at 1998 and '99 U.S. Open ... Also competed at the 1999 USTA International Grasscourts ... Selected as one of only three girls to represent the U.S. at the 1999 Connolly Continental Cup, helping the U.S. to a third-place finish ... 1999 Easter Bowl doubles champion ... Won the Girl's 18's Southern California Sectionals at age 15 ... Finalist at the Girls 16's National Indoors in Houston, TX.
Personal - Full name is Abigail Michal Spears ... Born July 12, 1981 in San Diego, Calif. ... Parents are C.L. and Margo Spears ... Has one sister, Ali ... Plans to one day play on the WTA Tour ... Admires Pete Sampras and Monica Seles.