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30 Greatest Tigers of the Decade: #25 Megan Falcon

#25 Megan Falcon
#25 Megan Falcon

Megan Falcon?  Really?  Really.  In fact, the only thing that keeps Falcon out of the top ten of the decade is that tennis just doesn't really register on the college level.  But make no mistake, Megan Falcon was downright awesome, and her accomplishments stack up against just about anyone's.

She had a career record of 99-18 and was the first LSU player to ever achieve the #1 ranking.  Heck, she was the first LSU tennis player to ever beat the #1 player, a trick she pulled twice.  She won 26 matches over ranked opponents... in just her sophomore year.  She'd beat another 15 in her senior year.  Overall, 55 of her 99 wins were against ranked opponents.  Still not impressed?

Falcon was an All-American three straight years, her only three years since she lost a year of eligibility due to academic issues.  She responded by earning ITA Scholar Athlete awards her junior and senior years.  Falcon was a national semifinalist her sophomore year, the furthest a Tiger has advanced in the tournament.  She won the consolation singles title at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.  Twice.  She was a semifinalist her other trip to the tournament.  Oh, she also won the 2008-2009 ITA Indoor Title.  Probably because it was about the only thing she hadn't won.

It's not my fault you haven't heard of her.  Megan Falcon was absolutely awesome.  Her run of dominance from 2006-2009 over her sport might be greater than any other athlete on this list, as three-time All-Americans don't come around very often.  Not even during LSU's Golden Age of Athletics.