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Feb. 24, 2006
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UC vs. Western Michigan/Marquette
Dates: Friday, February 24, 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Times: 7 p.m. EST/1 p.m. EST
Site: West Hills Athletic Club; Kalamazoo, Mich.
Records: Cincinnati: 0-7
No. 50 Western Michigan: 6-2
Last Meetings: Feb. 14, 2004 at WMU
WMU 7, UC 0
April 22, 2005 in Ft. Worth, Texas
UC 4, MU 2 in C-USA Tourney
Kimberly Jones (San Diego St.)
At UC: 3rd year, 12-38 (.240)
Overall: 3rd year, 12-38 (.240)
Betsy Kuhle (Illinois `76)
At WMU: 24th year, 385-200 (.658)
Overall: 24th year, 385-200 (.658)
At MU: 21st year, 249-219 (.532)
Overall: 21st year, 249-219 (.532)
SETTING THE SCENE: The University of Cincinnati tennis team seeks its first win of the spring when it travels to Kalamazoo, Mich. to play host Western Michigan and BIG EAST foe Marquette. The Bearcats (0-7) take on the No. 50 Broncos on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. ET at the West Hills Athletic Club. WMU has won five-straight to improve to 6-2. UC takes on the 2-7 Golden Eagles on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. ET
CINCINNATI PROBABLE STARTERS 2005-06 STATISTICS
Singles Overall Dual
1. Elizabeth Young, 5-7 Fr., Knoxville, Tenn. 5-12 1-6
2. Lindsay Willeford, 5-5 So., Denison, Texas 5-12 2-5
3. Jenny Rowen, 5-7 Fr., Little Rock, Ark. 6-13 1-6
4. Jill Klauck, 5-9 Sr., San Antonio, Texas 6-8 1-3
5. Carling Arundel, 5-11 Fr., Marietta, Ga. 5-9 0-4
6. Madison Reasoner, 5-8 Jr., Dayton, Ohio 4-12 0-7
Doubles Overall Dual
1. Hannah Hinton, 5-11 Jr., Gainesville, Fla./Elizabeth Young 0-4 0-4
2. Jenny Rowen/Lindsay Willeford 1-9 0-4
3. Carling Arundel/Madison Reasoner 0-7 0-2
LAST TIME VS. WESTERN MICHIGAN
UC dropped its second-straight match, falling to Western Michigan, 7-0, on Feb. 14, 2004 in Kalamazoo, Mich. WMU swept all three matches to earn the doubles point. Lyndsey Molony and Hannah Hinton fell, 9-8, in the top spot in the closest match. The Broncos didn't drop a set in singles play, with Jill Klauck playing the most competitive, losing 6-1, 7-6 at No. 5.
LAST TIME VS. MARQUETTE
Thirteenth-seeded UC upset 11th seeded Marquette 4-2, on April 22, 2005 at the Conference USA Championships in Ft. Worth, Texas. There were plenty of bright spots in Cincinnati's win. The Bearcats redeemed themselves from their 4-3 loss to the Golden Eagles earlier this month. The victory also marked their first win of the year against a conference opponent. Samantha Liu and Hannah Hinton recorded an easy 8-1 win against Marquette's Dominika Dabrowski and Maria Calberto. Junior Jill Klauck's success at the third singles spot solidified her position as the team leader in singles wins with 16 on the season. She defeated Marquette's Erin Watkins 6-1, 6-0 in the morning match.
In UC's opening three dual matches, coach Kimberly Jones has had some difficulty filling out a lineup as only four Bearcats were healthy to play singles. Three of those missing were newcomers, but two were UC's leading returning winners, Jill Klauck and Hannah Hinton. With this lineup the Bearcats went 0-3, as freshman Elizabeth Young earned the only win. Hinton returned to doubles play against Indiana State and Klauck went 1-1 against Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
YOUTH IS SERVED
Now in her third year, head coach Kimberly Jones is getting settled in her recruiting and this year has UC's largest freshman class in years. After graduating a very successful senior class last season, UC has five newcomers this year. Three of them, Carling Arundel, Jenny Rowen and Elizabeth Young, are tied for first or second on the team in wins.
Senior Jill Klauck and freshman Jenny Rowen each won consolation championships at the season-opening Spartan Cup in September, hosted by Michigan State. Klauck defeated Michigan State's Pascale Schnitzer, 6-4, 6-2, to claim the Flight A consolation title. For the weekend, she won three-straight matches after dropping her opener. Rowen won the Flight B consolation title by forfeit after earning victories in two of her first three matches.
The Bearcats have boasted extremely successful freshmen in the last five years. Lyndsey Molony won 19 singles matches in 2000-01, the third-most ever by a UC freshman. Julie Klauck surpassed that total the next year with 20 wins, and Jill Klauck took it further in 2002-03 with 21 wins. Hannah Hinton won 17 singles matches and a team-best 23 doubles contests in her initial season. This year boasts two freshmen who each have five singles wins -- Carling Arundel and Elizabeth Young -- and another, Jenny Rowen, is tied for the team lead with six..
HOME AT LAST
The Bearcats have been without on-campus courts since the 2000-01 season, playing at various venues around the city and a majority of matches on the road. This spring that changes as the brand new, six-court UC Tennis Center opens as part of the Richard E. Lindner Varsity Village. The inaugural match on the courts is scheduled for Wednesday, March 1 against Ball State.
After exploding onto the scene with 17 singles and 23 doubles wins as a freshman, junior Hannah Hinton has struggled over the past two years, through no fault of her own. She has missed the fall season in each of the past two campaigns due to injury. Last year she came back for the dual season and went 2-10 in singles and 5-8 in doubles play. Hinton hopes to return to the singles lineup this weekend.