Inaugural Match in UC Tennis Center on Thursday

April 12, 2006

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SETTING THE SCENE: The University of Cincinnati tennis team hosts the inaugural match at the new UC Tennis Center when the Bearcats face Xavier on Thursday, April 13 at 3 p.m. ET. It is the final match of the season for UC, which is 1-15 on the year but will be playing with a complete lineup for one of the few times this season. XU is 10-8 this year and has won six of its last eight. Thursday will be the final match for Bearcat senior Jill Klauck, who has led UC in wins the last four years.

Singles                                      Overall   Dual
1. Hannah Hinton, 5-11 Jr., Gainesville, Fla.    1-1    1-1
2. Elizabeth Young, 5-7 Fr., Knoxville, Tenn.   6-20   2-14
3. Lindsay Willeford, 5-5 So., Denison, Texas   5-21   2-14
4. Jill Klauck, 5-9 Sr., San Antonio, Texas    11-12    6-7
5. Jenny Rowen, 5-7 Fr., Little Rock, Ark.      6-17   1-10
6. Madison Reasoner, 5-8 Jr., Dayton, Ohio      5-20   1-15
Doubles                                      Overall   Dual
1. Jill Klauck / Lindsay Willeford               2-3    2-3
2. Hannah Hinton / Elizabeth Young               3-9    3-9
3. Jennifer Kelly / Madison Reasoner             1-1    1-1
UC finished their regular season on April 18, 2005 with a 6-1 loss to Xavier at the Xavier Tennis Courts. Senior Julie Klauck picked up the win for the Bearcats by beating Xavier sophomore Jackie Vilines 6-2, 7-6 (6). Cincinnati's Madison Reasoner also played a tough tiebreaker, but was unable to force a third set. She fell to the Musketeers' Sarah Potts 6-2, 7-6 (3). Xavier swept the Bearcats in doubles play, but not without some resistance from the Klauck sisters. Vilines and Alicia Papa maintained the sweep by winning 9-7.

As has been the case in each of her seasons as a Bearcat, senior Jill Klauck is UC's leader in singles wins. As a freshman she put up the third-best season ever by a first-year player with 21 wins. She followed that up with 19 as a sophomore and 16 last year. Klauck stands at 11-12 this year, five wins ahead of anyone else. Her 67 career wins is seventh-best all-time at UC.

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. Thursday marks the beginning of a new era as the brand new, six-court UC Tennis Center opens as part of the Richard E. Lindner Varsity Village.

Playing with their most complete lineup of the season, the Bearcats earned their first victory by beating Dayton, 5-2, on April 1. UC swept the doubles matches and won four singles matches on the day. Keying the win was the return of junior Hannah Hinton. A 17-match winner as a freshman, she played her first singles match of the year after being hampered by injuries and won at No. 3, as well as No. 2 doubles.

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.

In UC's opening three dual matches and the last three matches in March, coach Kimberly Jones has had some difficulty filling out a lineup as only four Bearcats were healthy to play singles. The combination of injuries and illnesses have produced an 0-6 mark in those matches and contributed greatly to UC's record.

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 among the top four winners on the team and Young has claimed the top spot in the lineup.

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 three freshmen who are second on the team with six singles wins -- Carling Arundel, Jenny Rowen and Elizabeth Young.