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Six National Titles for Nicki Ross '15

When Nicki Ross, a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 2015, and her teammate, Corey Delaney, captured the 2012 Girls 18 and Under Junior National Platform Tennis championship in Franklin Lakes, N.J., last month, they compiled a number of firsts.

Nicki and Corey, who are from Chatham, N.J., have dominated their age groups in the sport for years. In 2010, Nicki was pictured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd after she and Corey won their second 18-and-under title.

With the latest victory (and their last time competing in the junior divison), they became the first team ever, boys or girls, to win four consecutive 18-and-under Junior National titles and the first team ever, boys or girls, to win five consecutive titles and to record six titles in total. No one person has ever won six titles, boys or girls. Nicki and Corey finished their junior career with national titles in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, including one 12-and-under, one 14-and-under and four 18-and-under championships.

And Nicki (right) proudly displayed her Washington and Lee colors during her team’s march to the title: