I started playing tennis since I was 7 years old and by the age of 10 started playing tournaments, in the categories 12, 14, 16, and 18 years old. I finished in 10th place in the 12 year old category, in 5th place in the 14 year old category, and in the categories 16 and 18 years old I finished in 2nd place.
I played tournaments nationally and internationally (ITF). My best ranking in the ITF was around 600. I traveled to Brazil, Ecuador, Columbia, and to the United States. I achieved 15 times the first place in nationals in singles and 11 times second place during my junior tennis career.
Junior and Senior captain and nationally ranked. Named the NE10 Vern Cox Player of the Year for the third straight season and earned all-conference first-team nods at No. 1 singles and doubles. Honored by the ECAC as the Corvias Women's Tennis Athlete and Rookie of the Month for November 2013. NE10 Player of the Week twice in September, as I entered the season ranked among the top-50 singles players in the nation. I began the fall season of 2016 on an eight-match singles winning streak while winning the first 12 matches of my doubles slate.
ITA EAST REGIONALS 2016
Grace Messina headlined a successful trip to ITA East Regionals for the women's program. I began the tournament as the second seed in the singles bracket, the highest seed ever for the member of the program. I won three matches without losing a set, including besting SNHU's Abla Chadli in the Round of 16 (6-1, 6-4) after Chadli defeated Messina in dual-match action.
Messina also made a historic doubles run, reaching the semifinals as well. The duo won three times on their way to the semis, including a 16-game thriller in the Round of 16 against a pairing from Queens College. As the fifth seed, the Warriors combination also upset the fourth seed en route to the final four.
I finished my career with a 72-13 overall singles record, and I am currently the No. 4 singles player in the East Region, per the most recent ITA Regional Rankings. On the season, I only lost two matches and five sets overall on the year with 14 of my 15 singles wins coming in straight-sets
On the doubles side, my record stood at 15-2 overall with only one league defeat while playing at the top flight during every match. My overall doubles record stands at 67-20 entering this spring, bring the fourth-year star's career victory total to 139 wins.
I earned all-conference nods for her performance this past fall. The tandem of Messina and Seifaei ranked on the first team at No. 1 doubles, marking the best combination in the NE10.
Messina collected all-league doubles and singles honors for the fourth straight year, marking eight all-league nods for her career.