DIXON ON CRAMER: "Mellana has the ability to create winners quickly. She can open up the court with one strike of the ball. She's got excellent feel and quick racket head speed. She hits the ball very flat. I expect that she'll see some action as a freshman in both singles and doubles. Mellana Cramer has the potential to be an important player in this program in years to come. What she's lacking is match play and experience."
AS A FRESHMAN (FALL 2008): Finished the fall slate with a 2-2 singles record ... Received bye into Round of 16 at the Eastern Collegiate Invitational (9/28) before losing marathon match to Alyssa Lucas (Niagara), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 10-1 ... Went on to win two additional matches to make the No. 4 singles consolation championship. First topped Elizabeth Harrington (Sacred Heart), 9-8 (5), before topping Shawna Sarson (Quinnipiac), 8-4 in the semifinals then losing to Carly Loewnstein (Quinnipiac), 8-2, in the finals.
PERSONAL: Mellana Monique Cramer ... Born January 15, 1990 in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... Daughter of Melvin Cramer and Svetlana Riaz ... Has two siblings, Michelle (25) and Marina (35) ... Intends to major in Sport Management.
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