Pamela Castillejos (pronounced Cas-til-A-hose) entered the 2005-06 season as one of Nebraska's four senior leaders. After recording the highest winning percentage in school history last year, Castillejos capped her career by finishing with 34 combined victories on the season.
On the singles court, Castillejos was brilliant once again. She cruised to an impressive spring record of 18-7 overall and 7-4 in the conference, tying her for second on the team in both categories. Castillejos was especially dominant at the No. 5 position, posting a record of 15-2.
Castillejos played well on the doubles court, posting a winning record of 16-14 overall and a spring record of 14-13. She played at all three positions throughout the season, playing 17 of her 27 spring matches at the No. 3 doubles slot with a record of 8-9. Castillejos found more success playing in the No. 1 and 2 doubles spots, splitting her matches at No. 1 with a 4-4 record and was a perfect 2-0 at the No. 2 position.
For her success in the classroom, Castillejos garnered second-team academic All-Big 12 accolades. It was the third straight year that Castillejos earned the honor.
Before the season started, NU Coach Scott Jacobson said that Castillejos had improved every phase of her game during the off-season. Things seemed to come together for the junior as she began the season ranked No. 8 in the ITA Central Regional rankings.
The two-time letterwinner played mostly at the No. 5 slot in a talented Husker lineup. She shot out of the gates quickly winning seven straight matches. Due to an injury at the No. 1 position, Castillejos was forced to play up at the No. 4 slot against perennial power Texas, where she suffered one of two losses of the spring season. She quickly got back on track as she turned in a 12-match winning streak and did not lose again until the Big 12 Championships. When the season ended, Castillejos had posted a 22-3 singles record, including a 10-1 conference record, and the highest winning percentage (.880) in school history.
In doubles play, Castillejos played mostly at the No. 3 slot with Milena Schulz-Gartner and Ellinor Zugner, where Castillejos recorded a 15-7 doubles record.
Castillejos earned second-team academic All-Big 12 honors for the second consecutive year.
Castillejos posted a 10-7 record in the spring, including a 2-5 record in conference play. She played primarily at the No. 5 slot, earning a 6-6 record. She was a valuable asset at the No. 4 position where she picked up a 3-0 record.
Her two conference victories came at two of the most critical times of the season. On Senior Day, Castillejos helped send the four seniors out victoriously by winning a three-set thriller. Then in the Big 12 Championships, she defeated Jennifer Poskitt of Oklahoma State in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 to send the Huskers to the quarterfinals. The victory marked the first team tournament win for NU since the 2001 season.
Castillejos began the year by setting a season-best winning streak with six straight matches. In the first 10 victories, she had amassed eight victories.
On the doubles court, Castillejos teamed with Jennifer Cremieux in her only doubles action of the season. Both ended in victories for the Huskers.
In the classroom, Castillejos was one of two Huskers to earn second-team academic All-Big 12 honors for the first time in her career.
Castillejos finished the season with an 8-5 singles mark during the spring, including a 4-5 record in conference play. Castillejos was especially effective at No. 5 singles, where she produced a 5-2 record. She had a season-high three-match win streak from March 3 to March 30.
In the fall, Castillejos and Cremieux won the consolation doubles final at the Shocker Invitational. Castillejos finished 3-3 in singles and doubles action.
Castillejos played tennis at La Calera in Puebla, Mexico. She was ranked as high as second in the country and helped lead her team to the sectional, regional and state championships. She was coached by Ignacio Oropeza. Castillejos chose Nebraska over Hawaii, Fresno State, Kansas State and Cincinnati.
Born May 5, 1983, in Puebla, Mexico, Pamela is the daughter of Jorge and Ana Maria Castillejos. Pamela has one older sister Paulina, 24. Pamela is an industrial engineering major.