Women's Tennis |
April 11, 2006
As the University of Cincinnati prepares to embark on a new chapter in its athletics history, it will be anchored by the development of the Richard E. Lindner Varsity Village. The crown jewel of the village, the Richard E. Lindner Athletics Center, will be dedicated during special grand opening ceremonies planned for May 12th and 13th. In the coming weeks, UCBearcats.com will look at each of the new or upgraded facilities housed within Varsity Village. The next facility featured is the UC Tennis Center.
Like several other UC athletics teams, the women's tennis team has persevered through a period of time without a home facility. The new UC Tennis Center will allow the Bearcats an on-campus facility to practice and host home events.
The UC Tennis Center features six courts in three different sections with lighting and grandstand seating for 500. Located between the UC Baseball Stadium and Nippert Stadium and across Corry Street from Gettler Stadium, the center is just steps away from the Richard E. Lindner Athletics Center, which will house the entire athletic department.
The centralized location and accessibility are key factors for third-year head tennis coach Kimberly Jones.
"It will be nice now that we are on campus. It will definitely be easier for the players," the former WTA professional said. "I really like the setup. You can actually stand or sit at the top of the stands and watch multiple courts. It will be more intimate for each of the matches."
The squad has spent several seasons practicing off campus. The Bearcats train at Five Seasons Country Club in Mason and Queen City Racquet Club in Sharonville, car pooling about 30 minutes each way.
Jill Klauck, the lone senior on the 2005-06 tennis team, has done her share of driving back and forth to practices.
"We are commuting about 30 minutes to practice every day and that makes for a long haul. It drags your day on," Klauck said. "I think our program will be so much better (with the courts), not only for the current players but for the whole recruiting process."
Klauck, a native of San Antonio, Texas, had some outside influence on her decision to attend the University of Cincinnati for the 2002 school year. Her older sister, Julie, was going into her sophomore year at UC and was a member of the tennis program as well.
Klauck thinks the new facilities will seal the deal for recruits who visit the campus.
"When I came on my visit, I really liked the competitiveness of the practices and the academics were a huge factor as well," said Klauck, who ranks seventh in Cincinnati history in singles victories. "Now you add in the new tennis center and UC becomes a lot more attractive to recruits."
The building blocks for success are in place. As Cincinnati welcomes in a new era in its athletics history, the tennis program is on the rise.
"The quality of the facilities will be fabulous," Jones stated. "Everything will be new and clean, it will be very impressive. Everything is centrally located. I think it will be really great."
Cincinnati is a tremendous tennis city with a long history of support for the game. The University of Cincinnati, with its new facilities and young squad, will become a major part of Cincinnati tennis for years to come.