Owls coming off 10-win season in 2012
Tournament action continues on Saturday, October 20 at USF
Owls return four experienced players in singles and doubles
Women's cross country, women's tennis and men's golf earn awards for top APR scores
Mrazkova clinches team victory with straight-set victory at No. 5 singles
Marcy Hora-Cava was named Florida Atlantic's head women's tennis coach in the fall of 2008 after 26 years at the professional level as a player and coach.
Hora-Cava has guided the Owls to a win increase from the previous season in all three years, highlighted by a 13-12 record in 2011. FAU tallied its first winning season since 2004 under Hora-Cava's guidiance.The success from 2011 carried over with the Owls posting another winning season in 2012. Hora-Cava guided the team to a first-round victory over Arkansas State University in Sun Belt Conference Championships. FAU won 10 matches and had a six-match winning streak during the spring. Hora-Cava led the Owls to victories over in-state foes Jacksonville, Florida Gulf Coast and Bethune-Cookman.
She played an instrumental role in the doubles tandem of Marlene Ryan and Justine Humair earn all-conference honors in 2011. The duo posted a 9-4 record together and was one of three doubles teams to have a winning record last season.
Hora-Cava led five players to double digit singles victories in 2011 after three individuals reached that plateau the previous season. Only Natasha Basma was able to duplicate the feat in both seasons.
The Owls were able to defeat Sun Belt Conference foes Troy and South Alabama along with strong regional teams such as Towson, Maryland-Baltimore County and Coastal Carolina in 2011.
In 2009, Hora-Cava led FAU to victories over SBC schools Louisiana-Lafayette and Middle Tennessee State.
In her first season guiding FAU the team won seven matches, two more than the previous season.
Hora-Cava has increased the Owls ranking in the Sun Belt Conference from 12th in 2009 to an eighth place showing in 2010 while earning the fifth seed during the 2011 conference tournament.
Prior to FAU, Hora-Cava served as a tactical police officer for the Boca Raton Police Department and helped coordinate and budget the Police Athletic League (PAL). She currently holds the position of secretary for the PAL. Hora-Cava's experience as a tennis coach included working with PAL, as well as at the Meadow Club in Southampton, New York and the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
Hora-Cava also has a distinguished background as a player. She competed internationally playing in nine countries and 20 states and was a member of the University of Miami tennis team. While at UM (1998-2002), Hora-Cava was a two-time Big East champion and NCAA participant and served as the 2001 team captain. Hora-Cava earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communications where she had a double emphasis in criminology and photography.
Prior to her time at UM, Hora-Cava held national rankings in singles and doubles since the age of 12 and held a top 10 Florida ranking throughout those years as well. She was named the Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel Player of the Year and was named the "Player of the Month" numerous times.
Hora-Cava was born and raised in the Boca Raton/Delray Beach area and married Matthew Cava in August of 2008. They recently had a son, Paxton Makai Cava, on February 2010.
Hora-Cava Year-by-Year Results
Year Wins Losses Pct.
2009 7 17 .292
2010 9 11 .450
2011 13 12 .520
2012 10 9 .526
Total 39 49 .443