Rina  Sakai
Rina Sakai

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Tokyo, Japan

High School:
Weil Tennis Academy and College Preparatory School

Height:
5-3

05/22/2017

Record Tying 11 Student Athletes Named 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars

Scott Kim Previously Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Semifinalist

04/30/2017

Saints Eliminated By Undefeated Bobcats in MAAC Championship

Quinnipiac Takes Home Fourth Straight Tennis Championship

04/29/2017

Championship Bound

Saints Take Down Marist in Semifinals

04/28/2017

Seven Named to All-MAAC Tennis Teams

Saints Clean Up Second Team Singles Awards

04/23/2017

Saints Complete Senior Day Sweep

Saints Take Down Niagara

05/11/2017

Women's Tennis MAAC Championship v. Quinnipiac (4/30/17)

Women's Tennis MAAC Championship v. Quinnipiac (4/30/17)

05/01/2017

2017 MAAC Women's Tennis Postseason Awards Banquet

2017 MAAC Women's Tennis Postseason Awards Banquet

04/18/2017

Women's Tennis vs. Monmouth (4/8/17)

Women's Tennis vs. Monmouth (4/8/17)

10/25/2016

2016-17 Siena Women's Tennis Photo Day

2016-17 Siena Women's Tennis Photo Day

10/02/2014

Women's Tennis at Rider (9/27/14)

Women's Tennis at Rider (9/27/14)

2015-16:
  • 2016 MAAC All-Academic Team Selection
  • Went an even 9-9 in singles play
  • Recorded a perfect 2-0 mark at the top singles spot
  • Held a 7-6 record in doubles play
  • Registered a 4-2 doubles mark in conference play
2014-15:
  • Named MAAC Rookie of the Year
  • Recorded 13 singles victories during her freshman campaign, the most of any wins on the team
  • Went 5-1 in MAAC singles play
  • Saw time at all three doubles positions
  • Held an overall doubles record of 10-9, including 4-2 in conference play
GENERAL:
  • An aggressive baseliner who is a well-rounded and gifted individual
  • Brings a lot of potential and a positive and determined attitude
  • Has several tournament wins and is expected to make a big impact quickly at Siena
  • A strong student academically and a role model to her peers

BEFORE SIENA:
  • Studied at the Weil Tennis Academy and College Preparatory School in California since 2011
  • Won multiple tournaments including the 69th Annual Ventura Junior Tournament (Winner - 18s), 2013 Jackie Tatum Tennis Tournament Classic (Winner - 18s), 2013 ITA Summer College Circuit La Verne (Doubles Finalist) and 2013 Oxnard Tennis Center Junior Open Tournament (Winner - 18s)

PERSONAL/COMMUNITY:
  • Native of Tokyo, Japan
  • Daughter of Takeshi and Ryoko Sakai
  • Chose Siena because of its athletic and academic programs.

GETTING TO KNOW RINA:

    Nickname: I don't really have nickname. One of my coaches in the tennis academy called me Rinisky, though
    One thing I wish people knew about me, but don't is: I always tell people that I'm from Tokyo, but actually I'm not. I'm from Kanagawa which is adjacent to Tokyo. I do this because it sounds more familiar to many people.
    Why did you choose Siena? When I started looking for schools, I looked up schools in East coast since I lived in California for three years and wanted something new. I was looking for school that is Division I and has good academics. Siena was the one I was looking for. I also like that Siena is a private school and a small community.
    If I didn't play tennis, I would: I would play another sport such as badminton maybe or study really hard
    My favorite TV show is: I don't watch TV that much
    My favorite pro sports team is: I like watching any kind of sports
    My favorite book: Biographies by any sports players
    My favorite movie: Harry Potter
    My favorite food: Sushi
    My favorite website is: http://www.sienasaints.com/sports/w-tennis/
    If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to (why): France because I've been there once with my parents and I really enjoyed everything there, especially the baguette was so delicious.
    The person I would pick as my dream doubles partner would be: Kei Nishikori
    The person I'd most like to play a singles match with is: Agnieszka Radwanska
    If I could meet anyone in the world, it would be: Deceased grandfather
    What song/band is most likely to be playing on your iPod? EXILE (a famous Japanese vocal group)
    Do you have any pre-game rituals or traditions? Swing racket and review what I wrote on my tennis notes
    What reality show could you see yourself being a part of? I don't know
    Words to Live By: "The clock is running. Make the most of today. The time for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present."
    Three words to describe yourself: Unique, curious and earnest

SAKAI'S CAREER STATS
SINGLES Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 Dual Tour Conf
2014-15 13-6 1-2 5-4 4-0 --- --- --- 10-6 3-0 5-1
2015-16 9-9 2-0 7-8 --- --- --- --- 9-8 --- 5-2
Totals 22-15 3-2 12-12 4-0 --- --- --- 19-14 3-0 10-3
DOUBLES Total 1 2 3 Dual Tour Conf
2014-15 10-6 1-1 8-5 0-2 9-8 1-1 4-2
2015-16 7-6 --- 3-0 4-6 7-6 --- 4-2
Totals 17-15 1-1 11-5 4-8 16-14 1-1 8-4