GENERAL:Emerged as one of the top high school talents in the Capital Region the last three seasons...Brings a strong work ethic, USTA Tournament experience and a great attitude to the program...Possesses a powerful forehand and a great serve...Figures to make an immediate impact with the program in singles and doubles play.
AT SIENA: 2013-2014:Played in 23 singles matches (8-15), posting a 4-4 MAAC record and a 4-4 mark at No. 5 singles...Teamed with Cassandra Braz in a team-high 14 doubles matches...Won six singles matches in straight sets...2012-13:Played team high 23 singles matches (6-17), posting a 2-4 MAAC record and a 4-5 mark at No. 4...Teamed with classmate Carly Holloway in team-high 23 doubles matches (3-20)...Won four of five singles matches from March 26-April 9.2011-12: Made an immediate impact in the Saints' singles and doubles rotation...Started slowly, but rallied to win eight of last 10 singles matches and four of last six doubles competitions...Tied for team lead with 11 singles victories, and her 10 dual match triumphs were most on the squad...Went 5-1 in MAAC action playing primarily No. 5 singles.
BEFORE SIENA: Macaluso posted a perfect 17-0 record at top singles as a junior at Shen, guiding the Plainsmen to the Sectional Championship where she was the No. 1 seed. Advanced to the Final Four in the Sectional Championships last season and was named to the Capital District All-Star team. She was voted team captain as a senior and stands second in all-time career wins on the varsity women's tennis team at Shen. She also was a member of the Empire State Games First Doubles Team and received the Most Honored Player distinction by her teammates and coach.
PERSONAL: Born March 18, 1993...Daughter of Dino and Lisa Macaluso...Father Dino played hockey at RPI...Brother Joseph played golf at Fairfield (2008-12)...Chose Siena because of the campus, academics and tennis program.
GETTING TO KNOW JESSICA: Nickname: JMAC The best thing I did this summer was: went to the U.S. Open One thing people would be surprised to know about me: I've been professionally trained in jazz and tap dancing since I was five years old What I like most about Siena Tennis: Coach Christodoulou and the team! What I like most about Siena College: The campus and the tennis program What I like most about Coach Christodoulou: His personality. He's very easy to talk to, always has a positive attitude, and has a great sense of humor My best Siena tennis moment has been: Signing my National Letter of Intent to play tennis at Siena If I could be on a reality TV show, it would be: The Bachelorette. What single girl wouldn't want to be on that show? If I could meet anyone in the world, who would it be? Prince William. I would love to meet a foreign diplomat and hear what it's like to be a part of the royal family My superstitions are: I eat veal parmesan the night before every tennis match and a bagel the morning of every tennis match If I didn't play tennis, I would: be a dancer My favorite TV show is: Jersey Shore My favorite artist (musical) is: The Dave Matthews Band My favorite professional athlete is: Rodger Federer My favorite website is: Facebook My favorite pro sports team is: New York Giants My favorite book: Twilight My favorite movie: The Hangover My favorite food: Pizza My favorite flavor of ice cream: Chocolate chip cookie dough Other sports I like to follow at Siena include: Basketball Three words that describe me: Friendly, determined and focused The funniest player on the team is: Carly, she's funny even when she's trying not to be If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to: Italy, because that is where my grandfather was born and I would love to meet the rest of his family and visit some of the most famous sites in the world. The person I'd most like to play a singles match with is: Maria Sharapova The person I would pick as my dream doubles partner would be: Serena Williams If I had $10 million I would: Be very happy! Go on an immediate shopping spree, take care of my family and friends, and give money to charities.