Men's Tennis

Stephen Shao

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Greenville, Tenn.

High School:
Greenville H.S.

Stephen Shao

Shao's MUTV Interview (10-08)

Career - Concluded his career ranked second all-time in total wins (142), third in singles victories (70) and third in doubles decisions (72).

2008-09 (Senior) - Earned an overall singles record of 19-14, including a 12-9 mark in dual competition ... saw a majority of his singles action at the No. 3 position, where he was 8-8 ... collected a total of 18 doubles victories ... teamed up with junior Dusan Medan to earn a 13-5 overall record ... duo was 11-3 in dual matches, including an 8-3 mark at No. 2 ... Shao/Medan claimed a pair of victories at the BIG EAST Championship ... claimed the Flight "B" title at the MU Fall Invitational ... dual match singles campaign included seven-straight wins ... earned fourth letter at MU.

Junior (2007-08) - Shao was a co-recipient of MU's Most Improved Player Award. He posted an overall singles record of 19-8, including an impressive 15-4 mark in dual competition. He missed a majority of the Fall season with an injury. Shao saw a majority of his action at No. 3 singles, where he was 10-4 on the year. Only two players (Medan and Boulieris) on the roster posted more dual match wins than Shao. After dropping his first two dual match outings, he concluded the season with victories in 13 of 15 matchups. His regular season was highlighted by a match-clinching win over DePaul. Playing with a variety of teammates, Shao helped post a combined doubles record of 18-8. He posted a 9-1 record in doubles to conclude the year. He earned his third letter at MU.

Sophomore (2006-07) -- Shao took to the court in 33 matches for the Golden Eagles. He posted a record of 15-18 overall and 10-11 in dual play, seeing time at the no. 2 slot. Shao had a string of losses to open the spring before going 5-2 over the next seven matches. Shao paired primarily with Niko Boulieris in doubles action as the duo played 25 matches together to finish with an 18-7 overall record and go undefeated in BIG EAST play with wins over USF, Georgetown and DePaul.

Freshman (2005-06) -- Shao saw a wealth of action his first season and registered a 17-11 overall record for the season tying Brett Binkley for the most wins. Notched a team best 16-6 dual record in the spring. Wavered between four and five singles during the spring posting a 7-4 record at no. 4 singles and 7-2 record at no. 5 singles. Also played at the third and sixth positions going 1-0 at both. Was an impressive 6-1 when playing three sets in dual competition and 3-1 when the match included a tie-breaker. Began the season losing his first five of seven matches before taking four straight which included two, three-set victories. Went on to win two straight matches on two different occasions against South Carolina State and The Citadel, and against Valparaiso and Western Michigan, respectively. Saw a string of five consecutive wins, including back-to-back conference wins at Villanova and USF that ended at the BIG EAST Conference Tournament against Louisville. Paired with fellow freshman Trent Hagan in doubles going 12-6 at no. 3 doubles and 3-1 at no. 2 doubles for an overall 15-8 record with Hagan.

Prior to Marquette -- Shao attended Greeneville High School where he won the state championship in 2004 and was ranked 85th in the Nation in the 18 year-old bracket. He was captain of his team junior and senior year and is a three year letter winner.

Personal -- Shao is the youngest of Ping and Eunice Shao's three children and was born February 2, 1987.

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