Elissa Kinard did not appear in any matches during her sophomore season with the Huskers.
Kinard made a big impact on the 2001 Husker team. Kinard competed in all but three singles matches and held a 16-5 record, which led all Nebraska freshmen. Kinard competed early in the season at the No. 4 spot, but then settled in at No. 5 position for the last part of the season, where she had a 10-1 record. Kinard had a 10-match win streak while at the No. 5 singles position.
In doubles, Kinard teamed up with fellow freshman Leslie Harvey and posted a 10-6 record, mostly at the No. 2 doubles spot. Toward the end of the season, Kinard was competing with Stacey Tomkiewicz at the No. 3 doubles spot, and the duo posted a 4-1 record. Kinard's overall doubles record was 14-8.
In high school, Kinard played for coach Patricia Owens at Bishop England High School in Charleston, S.C. During her high school career, Kinard won the South Carolina individual AA state championship and was named AA player of the year all four years leading her team to three state championships and one runner-up finish. Kinard was also selected as the only female candidate from her school for the high school Heisman.
Elissa is the daughter of John and Miriam Kinard. She was born on Sept. 12, 1982, in Charleston, S.C. Kinard is a marketing major. Kinard's hobbies include playing the violin.