Ndali

Ijomah

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Year: Senior
City/State: Seattle, Wash.
High School: Seattle Prep

Bio

2000-01: Senior
Ndali Ijomah (pronounced in-DA-li e-jo-MA) finished her time at Nebraska by turning in the best season of her Husker career. She kicked off her senior campaign by posting a 5-2 fall record and winning the singles consolation championship at the Shocker Classic.

Ijomah exploded in the spring, playing her way to an outstanding 18-5 on the singles court. Ijomah was especially dominant in non-conference play, cruising to a perfect 10-0 record against non-Big 12 foes. Her 23 total singles wins and 18 spring singles wins were both career-highs, as her previous best for total singles wins was 16 in both her junior and sophomore year.

Ijomah also played tremendously in doubles play, establishing a 7-5 record during the spring with four different partners. Playing primarily with junior Amy Frisch, Ijomah and Frisch fought their way to a 5-2 record during the spring. 

1999-2000: Junior
During the 1999-2000 season, Ijomah compiled a 15-5 record, including a 13-5 record at No. 2 singles, while earning academic All-Big 12 honors. Ijomah also played No. 3 doubles with teammate Stacey Tomkiewicz, finishing with a 12-5 record.

1998-99: Sophomore
Ijomah continued to make an impact in the Husker lineup, compiling a 16-10 record in singles action. Ijomah spent much of the season at No. 3 singles, winning 14 of 26 matchups. Ijomah played No. 1 doubles alongside teammate Sandra Noetzel where they finished with a 12-8 mark.

1997-98: Freshman
It didn't take long for Ijomah to make an impact in the Husker lineup, finishing with a 10-5 record, including a mark of 8-3 at No. 4 singles. Despite battling tendonitis in her knee all year, she posted a 9-5 mark at No. 2 doubles paired with Lisa Hart. In the fall, Ijomah advanced to the second round at the Rolex Regional in her first collegiate appearance. Ijomah swept through her two qualifying matches, defeating Ingrid Habony of St. Louis 6-2, 6-3, in round one before disposing of Oral Roberts' Ingrid Esberger 6-1, 5-7, 7-5, to qualify for the 64-person field. In the main draw, Ijomah defeated Andra Wilcox of New Mexico 6-0, 6-1, before losing to the No. 2 seed, BYU's Eline Chew, in the round of 32.

Before Nebraska
Ijohmah was a four-year letterwinner at No. 1 singles under Head Coach Mark Frisby at Seattle Prep. As a senior, Ijomah was player of the year and the teams most valuable player, leading Seattle Prep to a state title. Ijomah was also a member of the honor roll in high school.

Personal
Ijomah was born in Nigeria before moving to the United States. The daughter of Henrietta and Felix Ijomah, Ndali has an older brother, Efe, and an older sister, Bridget. she chose Nebraska over Florida State and Vanderbilt.

CAREER STATS

Year Singles Doubles Combined
1997-98 13-6 10-6 23-12
1998-99 16-10 13-9 29-19
1999-2000 16-7 13-6 29-13
2000-01 23-7 9-8 32-15
Totals 68-30 45-29 113-59

 

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