England native set to play in her first Grand Slam event
Northwestern's 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee
2009-10: Became the third player in NU history to qualify for the NCAA Singles Championship all four years of her career ... Won her first-career match in the NCAA singles draw, upsetting 18th-ranked Marina Cossou of Cal before falling to top-seeded Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech ... Spent the entire season playing No. 2 singles and played all three spots in doubles, ultimately settling at No. 3 with Kate Turvy where the two were 17-1 together ... Also became a four-time All-Big Ten selection ...Named to the ITA National Indoor Team Championship All-Tournament Doubles Team ... Won two huge matches in the semifinals and finals of Indoor Team Championship, defeating former All-Americans in No. 10 Marina Cossou of California and No. 25 Sanaz Marand of North Carolina to help NU win the title ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors ... Finished with a 29-12 overall record (19-9 dual, 8-1 Big Ten).
2008-09: NCAA Singles qualifier for third consecutive season ... Finished the season ranked No. 56 nationally in singles with a 34-13 overall record (19-6 duals, 7-1 Big Ten) ... Earned third All-Big Ten selection ... Recorded 11 victories against ranked opponents ... Posted a 33-7 doubles record, including a 24-3 mark with Elena Chernaykova ... Murray and Chernyakova went 23-2 in dual matches at the No. 3 spot and won a season-high 14 matches from 3/1 to 4/25 ... Won her 100th career singles match on 4/18 against Christina Keesey of Ohio State ... Named to the all-tournament team for doubles following NU's title at the ITA National Indoor Team Championship ... Fell in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship to Georgia Tech's Cristy Striplin ... Finished the fall with a 13-5 singles mark ... Captured the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional crown, marking the eighth straight season a Northwestern player has won the event ... Defeated Notre Dame's Kelcy Tefft (No. 43) in the finals, rallying to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 ... It was the only match of the tournament in which Murray was pushed to a third set ... Finished 2-2 at the All-American Championships ... Won her opening-round match at the ITA National Indoor Championships ... Along with Keri Robison, won the Flight Two doubles bracket at the Furman Invitational ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Named an ITA Scholar-Athlete.
2007-08: All-Big Ten selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... ESPN The Magazine Second-team Academic All-District V at-large selection ... NCAA singles qualifier ... Finished the season as the ITA's 39th-ranked singles player ... Ranked No. 17 in doubles with partner Lauren Lui ... Posted a 37-11 overall singles record, including 20-6 in duals, all from the No. 3 position ... Went 9-1 in Big Ten dual action, with five of those wins coming in critical superbreaker third sets ... Recorded five wins against nationally ranked opponents, including Whitney McCray of Georgia Tech ... Posted a 35-11 doubles record, including 15-3 in duals with partner Suzie Matzenauer ... Three doubles wins over top 20 tandems ... Big Ten Athlete of the Week on 1/16 ... Two-time Hilton Garden Inn Athlete of the Week (1/14 & 4/28) ... In the fall, compiled a 14-4 singles record, 9-3 in doubles ... Reached semifinals of the Nike-Cal Invitational ... Won qualifying consolation draw of All-American Championships with five victories over ranked opponents ... Made it to finals of the Midwest Regional Championships to qualify for National Indoor Championships ... Won first-round match to reach the round of 16 at Indoor Championships ... Qualified for and reached quarterfinals of the All-American Championships with Lauren Lui in doubles ... Also reached semifinals of Cal-Nike Invitational and the quarterfinals of the Midwest Regional Championships with Matzenauer.
2006-07: 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... All-Big Ten selection ... ITA Midwest Region Rookie Player of the Year ... NCAA singles qualifier ... Won two doubles matches in NCAA Regionals with Alexis Conill ... Finished regular season as the 38th-ranked singles player in the nation ... Posted wins over No. 19 Katrina Tsang, No. 28 Yasmin Schnack and No. 31 Colleen Rielley ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on 1/12 and 4/24 ... Posted a 14-11 record in singles in the dual season and a 7-3 record in the Big Ten ... Partnered with Lauren Lui to post a 5-4 record at No. 2 doubles... 15-3 doubles record in dual match play with Conill ... Pair entered NCAA round of 16 on nine-match winning streak ... Advanced to the semifinals of the main singles draw at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic ... Closed regular season with two singles wins in a row ... Had an impressive fall going 10-1 in singles and 9-1 in doubles ... Posted a perfect 4-0 singles record at Wildcat Invitational to go along with a 3-0 doubles record with partner Nazlie Ghazal ... Advanced to quarterfinals in singles of ITA Midwest Regional Championships and made it to doubles semifinals with partner Alexis Conill ... Went undfeated in both singles and doubles WMU Super Challenge, winning three doubles matches with partner Lauren Lui.
High School: Played eight years of tennis at Altrincham Grammar ... Also played rounders, field hockey and badminton ... Team was local region championships in rounders and tennis, 1999-04 ... Made national school's finals in badminton.
Personal: Born Samantha Dawn Murray ... Daughter of Catherine and David Murray ... Brothers Neil and Peter played tennis at Bath University in England ... Chose Northwestern over English universities Durham, Leeds and Bath ... Major is economics.