HONORS & AWARDS
2007 NCAA Participant
Women[apos]s Sabre Team Co-Captain
A very mature individual and serious student who will serve as Notre Dame[apos]s women[apos]s sabre captain in the 2007-08 season … boasts great reaction time, accelerated actions and ability to effectively read opponent[apos]s actions … fairly new to fencing but has quickly learned sophisticated aspects of the sport … team-oriented fencer who quickly becomes a fighter on the strip … can integrate new actions into her fencing, despite limited experience and lack of year-round training … has posted three of the highest single-season win totals in Notre Dame women[apos]s sabre history, giving her a 184-72 career record heading into 2009 … her 184 career sabre wins are the second-most in program history, trailing only Valerie Providenza[apos]a 191 career wins … one of 86 all-time New Jersey natives to compete with Notre Dame fencing.
AS A JUNIOR: Posted a 66-25 record (.725) to record the third-most sabre wins on the women[apos]s team … her 66 regular season wins rank third best all-time for single-season sabre wins … went 12-3 at Air Force[apos]s Western Invite … followed up with a 13-2 record at the Northwestern Duals … posted an impressive 23-4 record at the Notre Dame duals to lead the Irish … finished seventh at the Midwest Regionals … went 3-4 in first-round pool play … earned the ninth seed in direct elimination play … fell to Wayne State[apos]s Ann Bartoszewicz (15-10) in her first elimination bout … rebounded to defeat Cleveland State[apos]s Katie Smetana (15-6), and Allison Keller of Northwestern (15-8) to advance to the final round as the eighth seed … fell in the quarterfinals to Ohio State[apos]s Eileen Grench (15-14) … came back to defeat Bartoszewicz (15-9) to take seventh place.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Went 61-22 to break her own Notre Dame record for regular-season wins in women[apos]s sabre … went on to place seventh in the conference tournament, sixth at the Midwest Regional and 16th at the NCAAs … opened 17-7 at ND Duals before going 7-11 at NYU Duals, with key 5-3 win over Adrienne Shon to help Irish women edge #5 Northwestern (14-13) … added 9-0 record at Midwest Duals (at ND) and 10-2 at Duke Duals before closing with 18-2 mark at Northwestern Duals, where she topped Northwestern[apos]s Mai Vu (5-4) and posted pair of wins over Penn State (5-1 vs. Laura Hillstrom; 5-3 vs. Stephanie Herbert) … placed seventh at the annual Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, after 8-15 loss to Ohio State[apos]s Eileen Grench … came back the next day to post wins over Grench (5-3) and her OSU teammate Syvenna Siebert (5-1) in MFC team event … won several key bouts for sixth-place finish at NCAA Midwest Regional (at ND), helping earn her a spot in the NCAA field … entered regional as #8 seed and was #7 after pool bouts, followed by 15-9 win over NU[apos]s Shon, a loss to Grench (9-15), a 15-11 win over Wayne State[apos]s Ann Bartoszewicz, another loss to Grench (5-15; round-of-8), narrow win over NU[apos]s Vu (14-15) and loss to WSU[apos]s Kasia Kuzniak in fifth-place bout (12-15) … went 5-9 on first day at NCAAs (held in Madison, N.J.), with impressive 5-4 win over St. John[apos]s nationally-ranked freshman Dagmara Wozniak while also shutting out Stanford[apos]s Eva Jellison and beating WSU[apos]s Kuzniak (5-2) … her 9-14 final NCAA record (16th) included a day-two sweep of Penn[apos]s Cassandra Partyka (5-3) and Alexis Baran (5-2) … improved on her #32 seed by placing 21st at Penn State Open in fall of [apos]06 (her wins included 5-4 bout with Partyka, a 2006 NCAA participant).
AS A FRESHMAN: Set Notre Dame record for regular-season women[apos]s sabre wins (57-25) before finishing eighth at MFCs and 11th at regional … received ND fencing team[apos]s Yves Auriol Award (‘most improved’) … opened 10-8 at Northwestern Duals, with top wins over NU[apos]s Vu and Emily Pasternak (both 5-2) … all of her losses at NYU Duals (7-4) came against top fencers … her 17-5 record at ND Duals included wins over Ibtihaj Muhammad (5-4) and Annie Massert (5-3), as part of sabre team[apos]s 5-4 win over Duke … closed 14-1 at OSU Duals and 9-7 at UC San Diego Duals … lost to Vu in MFC quarterfinals (11-15) … seeded 13th for regional (in Cleveland) and earned spot in direct elimination (#11 seed) before finishing 11th, after losses to OSU[apos]s Siebert (8-15) and Northwestern[apos]s Gina Annunziato (10-15) … placed 16th at Northwestern Open in fall of 2005 … finished 49th in U-19 bouts at 2006 Summer Nationals (in Atlanta).
PREP & PERSONAL: Lettered three years on Oak Knoll School fencing team (coached by John Johnson) … won fencing district title and qualified for Jr. Olympics in junior year … team MVP and all-state as senior (27-4 in dual meets) … claimed state prep title for 2003-04 sabre season … helped Oak Knoll win state titles in [apos]03 and [apos]05, also leading sabre squad to district and state titles in [apos]04 and [apos]05 … named sabre MVP as a junior … honored as varsity[apos]s most outstanding first-year fencer as a sophomore … JV team MVP as a freshman … four-year letterwinner as soccer midifelder at Oak Knoll, also lettering as a sophomore on track team (200 meters) … involved in student government … full name is Ashley Tanisha Serrette … daughter of Arnold and Genevieve Serrette … born June 13, 1987, in Livingston, N.J. … a pre-professional studies major, in the College of Science.