Helon Ricks
Helon Ricks
Height: 5-5
Year: So.
Hometown: Hot Springs, Ark.
High School: Lakeside HS '10
Experience: 1L*

2011-12: Played in the 2012 season-opener against Seattle, but was sidelined the rest of the year with a hip injury.

2010-11: Ricks had a stellar rookie season for the Eagles, as she posted the best overall singles record on the squad. She was the only player to eclipse double-digit wins, as finished the year at 10-11, which included an impressive 5-3 mark in Big Sky Conference play. She won 10 of her first 14 matches in the 2011 campaign, all of which were in straight sets. She had back-to-back victories against Idaho State and Weber State to open the Big Sky season, and then improved her league record to 5-0 with consecutive wins over Montana, Northern Colorado and Montana State. Coincidentally, she won all three of those conference matches after outlasting her opponents in a first-set tiebreaker. Ricks was selected as April’s Scholar Athlete of the Month by the EWU Athletic Department - the only freshman to earn the honor during the 2010-11 school year, and she was named to the Big Sky All-Academic team.

High School: Three-time all-state selection from Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Ark. Won the Arkansas 5A State Singles Championship in 2006, and was a finalist in 2007 and 2008. Played at No. 1 singles as a freshman, sophomore and junior, tallying a 51-2 overall record during those years. Helped her high school team capture the 5A state title in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Also played on the USTA junior competitive circuit, where she ranked as high as 49th in southern section in both singles and doubles play. Represented Ark. in the Southern Junior Davis/Fed Cup for four years.

Personal: Daughter of Earl and Rebecca Ricks. Majoring in history.

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