Anna Novo is the third person affiliated with the women’s tennis program to be inducted into the Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame. She is also the first who played at least a portion of her career on the Division I level.
Novo played at Upstate from 2005-09 with her first two years spent as members of NCAA Division II and the Peach Belt Conference and her final two seasons on the NCAA Division I level and in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Novo burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2005-06 and was named the Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection in singles after leading the Spartans to a 7-2 conference record and a third-place finish in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament. She also led the team to the second round of the NCAA Division II Regionals. She was again named a PBC First Team All-Conference selection in singles as a sophomore in 2006-07 after leading the Spartans to a 21-6 overall record and a 10-1 mark in the PBC. She helped lead Upstate to the NCAA Division II Mid-Atlantic Regional championship and the program’s second-ever appearance in the DII Nationals. She earned back-to-back NCAA Division II All-America honors from the ITA.
When Upstate transitioned its athletic program to NCAA Division I membership to start the 2007-08 season, Novo and the women’s tennis team flourished just as it had on the Division II level. Novo was named the A-Sun Player of the Year after leading the Spartans to a 17-3 overall record, a perfect 11-0 conference mark and the regular season conference championship. She earned A-Sun First Team All-Conference honors along the way. She again earned First Team All-Conference honors from the A-Sun as a senior in leading the Spartans to a 13-4 overall record and an 8-2 mark in the conference.
Novo is well-represented in the Upstate record books and ranks first all-time with 161 career combined wins, 90 career singles victories, 71 career doubles wins, 52 combined wins in a season (2007-08) and 47 singles wins in a season (2008-09). She is third all-time with a career .796 winning percentage in singles play. She was also a standout in the classroom and received four conference academic awards as well as earning ITA Scholar Athlete honors.
Novo graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Information Management Systems and went on to receive a research master’s degree in Business Administration from Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. She currently lives in the Netherlands with her husband, Daniel, and is an IT Internal Auditor for the AkzoNobel Corporation.