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2002-03 in Review

The Bearcats closed out the 2002-03 season with a 12-12 mark, their fifth-straight season of .500 or better. UC saw improvement in all of the returners, including a pair of record-breaking seniors, and a freshman who made an immediate impact.

Sister Act 2: Picking up where sisters and teammates Lyndsey and Kara Molony left off two years ago were Julie and Jill Klauck. Sophomore Julie won 20 singles matches and 20 doubles matches as a freshman in 2001-02. Jill, one year the younger, won the Texas state title as a junior and was a runner-up to Julie twice. Julie missed the entire fall season with an injury but finished the year 9-3, while Jill led the team with a 21-10 singles mark. The pair also went 4-3 playing together at No. 3 doubles.

20-20-20: Senior Khushchehr Italia became just the second player in school history to post three, 20-win seasons when she notched her 20th victory in UC's final match. As a junior she won 27 matches, and she posted 23 victories in 2001, the second and seventh highest single-season win totals in school history. For her efforts she was named third team All-Conference USA. Kara Molony, who won a school-record 106 matches in her career, is the only other UC player to win 20 three times.

Streaking Cats: A trio of Bearcats ended the season sizzling on the court. Jill Klauck won 14 of her last 18 matches and had a team-best dual record of 16-7. Additionally, Cristina Reyes won 11 of her last 17 matches to improve her dual record to 13-9. Julie Klauck won her last eight singles matches and five of her last six doubles matches.

Record-Breaking Cats: A trio of UC players moved far up on the school's career record lists. Foremost was senior Jen Capuzzi, who finished her career second in career combined wins (132) and singles wins (71) and third in doubles (61) victories. Khushchehr Italia graduated fourth in career singles wins (70) and fifth in combined wins (124). Lyndsey Molony broke into the career doubles wins list in 10th, with 48.

Tough Schedule: The Bearcats faced four ranked teams last season, falling to all four, including a 4-3 loss at No. 68 Indiana. Louisville and Maryland-Baltimore County, who the Bearcats beat, were ranked earlier in the year and Central Florida became ranked after the Bearcats faced it.

Busy Week: In the final week of the regular season, UC played five matches in six days and won four of them. The Bearcats won three-straight home matches before taking off for Baltimore the next morning to face Maryland-Baltimore County the next day. UC won that match, too, before running out of gas at American.

On the Road: The Bearcats endured a mid-season nine-match road swing, producing a 4-5 mark during the stretch. UC finished the year 4-6 as the away team, but 4-3 in neutral site matches.

Fall Success: With UC's win in its only dual match of the fall of 2002, a 4-3 victory over Xavier, it clinched the fifth-straight undefeated fall for the Bearcats. They went 4-0 in 1998, 3-0 in 1999, 2-0 in 2000 and 1-0 in 2001.

 

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