Student Athlete Spotlight - Senior Gabby Rangel, Women's Tennis

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Gabby Rangel <em>Photo by UM Photographer Kevin Bain</em>
Gabby Rangel Photo by UM Photographer Kevin Bain

Feb. 27, 2012

A native of Campinas, Brazil, Rangel has shined at Ole Miss both as a student and an athlete. While competing on one of the nation's best women's tennis teams, Rangel has managed an outstanding 3.95 GPA and has been recognized as a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, the Chancellor's Honor Roll, and was selected as an intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete. A four year starter, Rangel has excelled in doubles ranking as high as #25 in the country for both indoor and outdoor. During her sophomore year, Gabby clinched the win over Florida for the first win against the gators in over 15 years.

A double major in economics and international studies, Rangel plans to attend graduate school with plans to pursue a Ph. D. in political economics.

Why did you choose Ole Miss?
"I knew I wanted to play in the Southeastern Conference, since it is one of the top tennis conferences in the country. After visiting Ole Miss, I fell in love with the campus and really enjoyed meeting Coach Beyers and the team. I knew this was a place I could call home."

What is your favorite Ole Miss moment?
"My favorite tennis moment was when we beat Georgia Tech in Atlanta to advance to the Sweet 16 where we barely lost to #1 Florida. My favorite Ole Miss moment however, is when I got to meet Eli Manning in the weight room, and he agreed to take a picture with me."

What does it mean to be an Ole Miss Rebel?
"Ole miss has such an amazing fan base that is always behind the players no matter what. There is a certain pride in being a Rebel that you just don't see at other schools. Oxford is a very special place to live and study, and it is truly an honor to represent Ole Miss."

What will you miss most about Ole Miss when you graduate?
"Ole Miss Football. It is such a great atmosphere from the grove to the game, and I follow Ole Miss Football religiously. Those guys work so hard day in and day out, and no matter the outcome, they always fight for Ole Miss."

What does the UMAA Foundation mean to you?
"Without the foundation and its members, we would not be able to compete at the level that we do. We have amazing facilities, a great coaching staff, and tremendous support from our fans. There are a lot of people behind our success, and we really appreciate everything the Foundation and its members do for us."