Annamaria Karai (Meadows), Francis Marion University

Annamaria Karai (Meadows), Francis Marion University

 Annamaria Karai (now Annamaria Meadows) became the first Francis Marion women’s tennis player to be named an All-American four times.  A standout for the Patriots from 1997-2001, she was the fourth player in PBC history to be named All-Conference all four years she played.  The 1998 PBC singles and doubles champion (the PBC tournament was a flighted event until 2000) and 1998 PBC Freshman of the Year, she was twice named the team Most Valuable Player and won 82 singles matches in her career, still the most in FMU history.

Karai was ranked #1 in the nation in doubles in 1998 with a 23-2 record and helped the team to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 1998 and 99.  She won the 1997 NCAA Division II Rolex Southeastern Regional tournament and reached the championship match of the Small College National Tournament. 

She was a nationally-ranked singles player all four years she played, including a #8 ranking as a junior with a 17-1 record, and is ranked fifth in FMU history in doubles wins. 

Karai graduated in 2005 with a degree in Kinsiology.  She resides in Florida where she married and received her teaching certificate.  She has been teaching 5thgrade in Broward County Public Schools.  She and her tennis pro husband continue to teach tennis after school.