USD Women's Tennis 1998-1999

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INSIDE... Table of Contents ....... ... ........ ........ ... ....... ..... Inside front cover 1999 Outlook .............................. .. ........... ... .......... ..... ... Page 1 Head Coach Sherri Stephens .............. ............ .... .......... Page 2 Assistant Jun Hernandez ... ... .. .......................... .... ...... ... Page 2 Team Roster/Photo .......................... .............. ............... Page 3 Meet The Toreros ..... ............ .... .... ....... .................... . Pages 4-8 Zuzana Lesenarova ..... .. ... .... ..... .............. ..... .............. .. . Page 4 Millie Prior & Anja Tragardh ............. ...... ........ .......... .. Page 5 Stacie Lee & Krista Manning ..... ...... ....... ................ ..... Page 6 Paola Arrangoiz & Heather Polumbus ....... ......... ......... Page 7 Erika Pyne & Katarina Valkyova .... .... ................. ......... Page 8 1998 Statistics/Results ...... ............. .... .......... ........... ...... Page 9 Stephens All-Time Roster ....... ......... ............ ......... ...... Page 10 Torero Tennis Tradition ... ................ .. ..... ... ... ..... ......... Page 11 NCAA Tournament History ........... ... .......... ................ Page 12 1999 Schedule ................................... ................... Back Cover USD WOMEN'S TENNIS Head Coach: Sherri Stephens (15th season) Assistant: Rogelio "Jun" Hernandez USO Women's Tennis Office 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492 Phone: (619) 260-8893 Fax: (619) 292-0388 USD ATHLETIC DEPT: (619) 260-4803 Director of Athletics: Tom Iannacone Associate Athletic Director: Dan Yourg Associate Director, Athletic Development: Brian Fogarty Assistant Athletic Director/SWA: Wendy Guthrie Assistant A.D./Promotions & Marketing: Renee Wiebe Director, Sports Information: Ted Gosen Assistant SID: Ryan McCrary Director of Facilities: John Martin Director of Transportation: John Cunningham Director of Intramurals/Recreation: Gary Becker Assistant Intramural Director: Noah Stanley Director of Academic Support: Sara Hickmann Director of Summer Camps: Mary Johnson Athletic Dept. Administrative Assistants: Georgia Gordon, Pauline Thonnard, Joan Wolf, Jennifer Milo Head Athletic Trainer: Carolyn Greer, M.A., A.T., C. Assistant Athletic Trainer: Suzi Higgins, M.A., A.T. , C. Assistant Athletic Trainer: Steve Grech, M.A., A.T., C. Strength/Conditioning Coach: Steve Brown Women 's Volleyball : Sue Snyder Men ' s & Women 's Cross Country: Rich Cota Football: Kevin McGarry Men 's Soccer: Seamus McFadden Men ' s Basketball: Brad Holland Women' s Basketball: Kathy Marpe Women 's Swimming: Mike Keeler Baseball: Rich Hill Golf: Frank Cates Women's Soccer: John Cossaboon Men ' s Tennis: Tom Hagedorn Men' s Crew: Brooks Dagman Women 's Crew: Leeanne Crain Softball: Lin Adams USD Team Physicians: William P. Curran, M.D.; Heinz Hoenecke, M.D.; Robert Kaplan, M.D. ; Robert Button, M.D. ~----~

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The University of San Diego women's tennis collegiate player to win the first three legs ended with program, with a pre-season ITA ranking of#33, enter her semifmal departure at the Rolex National Indoors in the 1999 season with the same optimistic outlook that February. has seen them advance to the NCAATournament eight Coach Stephens will count on the team's lone times since 1989. r===========~==- senior, Millie Prior, to give the Head Coach Sherri team both leadership and consistent Stephens, in her 15th season at the play in the bottom halfofthe singles helm of the USD women's tennis line-up. Last season she played a program, returns five letterwinners key role in some close team victo- from last year's squad that finished ries with wins at the No. 6 singles 12-9 overall and 31st in the final spot. · naitonalITArankings. TheToreros Sophomore Anja Tragardh earned their fourth straight trip to made an immediate impact on the the NCAA Tournament on the Torero program during her fresh- strength oftheir schedule, and with man season as she fmished with an quality wins over teams like North- overall singles record of 17-3 . This western (5-4), UNLV (5-4) and season she will play at the No. 2-3 San Diego State (5-4). In the first singles positions. Two other sopho- round of the NCAA's, USD fell to mores back that will see more play- San Diego State, 2-5. ing time than during their first cam- The season was highlighted paign include Krista Manning and

by the success ofsophomore Zuzana Lesenarova who was selected to participate in the 1998 NCAA Indi– vidual Championships at the University ofNotre Dame. After advancing to the quarterfmals ofthe NCAA Indi– vidual Championships in her freshman campaign, last sea–

Stacie Lee.

Coach Stephens has brought in four freshmen this season with two expected to crack the starting line– up right away. Katarina Valkyova (Bratislava, Slovakia) will play in the upper halfofthe singles line–

up, while Paola Arrangoiz (Mexico City, Mexico) will play anywhere between the 4-6 spots. Also joining the Torero squad are newcomers Heather Polumbus (Englewood, Colorado) and Erika Pyne (Gresham, Oregon). The Toreros schedule, which includes seven teams ranked in the ITA top-25, is again among the toughest in the country. After some tough road trips early in the season, the Toreros will return to San Di– ego to host two tournaments -- the USD Invitational (Feb. 26-28) with LMU, Furman and Long Beach State, and the USD Tennis Classic, an eight-team event that will include

son Zuzana made it to the semifi– nals. She finished with a singles record of35-8, a national ranking of No. 13, and with her second straight NCAAAll-America award. Coach Stephens' 1999 squad will be one ofyouth with the only two upperclass student-ath– letes being senior Millie Prior and junior Zuzana Lesenarova. With the team's pre-season ranking of No. 33, along with its typical strong schedule (seven top-25 teams and eleven teams ranked among the top-42), the Toreros expect to gun for top-25 recognition. Leading the charge will be Lesenarova who enters the 1999

the likes ofSMU, Washington State, Yale, Santa Clara, Cal, Fresno State, Michigan State, and Virginia Tech. This year's West Coast Conference Champi– onships will be hosted by Santa Clara April 23-25.

spring season ranked No. 1 in the nation. During the fall season she won the first two legs of the ITA Collegiate Grand Slam, winning both the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championship and the RivieraWomen's All– American Championships. Her bid to become the first

COACHING STAFF HEAD COACH SHERRI STEPHENS 15th Season Now in her 15th season as head coach of the University of San Diego women's tennis team, Sherri Stephens has turned the USO program into one of the best, most re– spected women's tennis programs throughout the west. Stephens arrived at USO in the Fall of 1984 and immediately began to re-shape the women's tennis fortunes. Over the past thirteen seasons against some of the nation 's best, Stephens has accumulated a win-loss record of 183-120 (.604 winning percentage), finish– ing all thirteen seasons with .500 or better marks. During this time her teams have ad– vanced to the NCAA Tournament eight times (I 989, 1990, 1991 , 1992, 1995 , 1996, 1997, 1998), three times reaching the second round; finished among the nation's top-25 eight


times with a high of#l6 in 1992 (15-5 overall record); placed second in the West Coast Conference Championships eleven straight seasons; and had four Toreros receive a total of eight NCAA All-America honors. Last season her squad was selected to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season, with sophomore Zuzana Lesenarova advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Individual Tournament and earning All– America honors for the second straight season. The 1996-97 team ad– vanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, finished 16-12 overall and ranked 36th in the nation, and placed two individuals in the NCAA Individual Championships, including Lesenarova who advanced to the round of eight at the NCAA's. Stephens ' 1998-99 team begins the spring season with a No. 33 national ranking; and junior Zuzana Lesenarova begins the season with a national singles ranking ofNo. I. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Stephens was a nationally ranked player on the junior circuit before enrolling at the University of Arizona. After completing her collegiate playing career in 1979, she was named an assistant coach of the Wildcats. Well respected among her peers in the coaching profession, Sherri was a featured speaker at the 1992 and 1993 ITA Coaches' Convention. Twice she has had the privilege of coaching at the Olympic Sports Festival ( 1993/South, 1995/West), with her '95 squad winning the gold medal. She was named the 1994 Female Coach of the Year by the USTA, Southern California Section/San Diego District.

ASSISTANT ROGELIO "JUN" HERNANDEZ - 2nd Season Rogelio "Jun" Hernandez begins his second season on Coach Sherri Stephens staff, and his first as top assistant. Prior to USO he was the

Assistant Tennis Pro at the Rancho Bernardo Swim & Tennis Club, and since 1994 has handled private lessons from beginners to advanced players of all ages. A 1995 graduate of San

Diego State, Rogelio played #2 singles and # 1 doub les for the Aztecs in 1994. He won five men's open singles titles and two men's open doubles events duri ng 1997 in Southern Cali fo rni a.



(Standing 1-r): (Sitting 1-r):

Heather Polumbus, Erika Pyne, Paola Arrangoiz, Asst. Jun Hernandez, Head Coach Sherri Stephens Zuzana Lesenarova, Krista Manning, Millie Prior, Stacie Lee, Anja Tragardh 1999 SAN DIEGO WOMEN'S TENNIS ROSTER

YR Fr. So. Jr. So.


HT 5-5 5-9 5-8 5-6 6-1 5-8 5-6

HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOL) Mexico City, Mexico (Colegio Vista Hermosa) Huntsville, TX (St. Stephen's Episcopal School) Novy Vicin, Czech Republic (Gyrnnazium Novy Vicin) St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada (Gonzaga HS)

Paola Arrangoiz

Stacie Lee

Zuzana Lesenarova Krista Manning Heather Polumbus

Fr. Sr. Fr. So. Fr.

Englewood, CO (Cherry Creek HS) Bonita, CA (Univ. of San Diego HS) Gresham, OR (Centennial HS) Malmo, Sweden (S:t Petri Skola) Bratislava, Slovakia (Gymnazium)

Millie Prior Erika Pyne

Anja Tragardh


Katarina Valkyova


Head Coach: Sherri Stephens (15th Year) Assistant: Jun Hernandez (2nd Year)

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Zuzana Lesenarova enters her junior year at the University of San Diego ... had a pre-season ranking of No. 6, but this past fall season she earned the ITA's No. 1 ranking for singles on the strength of her two titles at the first two legs of the ITA Collegiate Grand Slam events ... she opened the season in September by winning the singles title at the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championships in Baltimore (df. Mirela Vladulesu ofAlabama-Birmingham, 6-0, 6-1 in final) , then followed that up three weeks later with another title at the Riviera Women's All-American Championships in Pacific Pali– sades, California (df. Vanessa Webb in semis, 6-1, 7-6; df. Martina Nedelkova ofVirginia Commonwealth, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 in final) ... in jumping out to a I0-0 start after the two tourneys, she knocked off five players ranked in the pre-season ITA top-ten, and became only the second women's player to win the opening two legs ... this past February she attempted to make collegiate tennis history at the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships -- she was attempting to become the first player ever to win the first three legs of ITA Collegiate Grand Slam ... she c;:ame close, but for the second straight season, lost in the semifinals (fell to Stanford's Marissa Irvin, 6-1 , 6-7, 6-3) ... Lesenarova has consistently done well in Grand Slam Events -- in addition to her two titles this past fa ll, she has reached three semifinals, two quarterfinals and one round of 16 in her eight Grand Slam tournaments ... last season she· earned NCAA All-America honors after reaching the semifinals of the NCAA Individual Championships -- she finished the year with a record of 35-8 and national ranking of No. 9 ... additionally, she was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year; was selected AII-WCC in singles and doubles (w/Brigid Joyce); and was named to the WCC All– Academic Team ... her freshman year in 1996-97 she earned NCAAAll– America honors after advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Indi– vidual Championships ... she finished with a national ranking of No. 20 and with a singles record of 27-5 ... she enters the 1999 spring season with an overall record of 101-32 (76-14 in singles; 25-18 doubles) ... prior to USO she attended one semester at the University of Ostrava, Czech Republic ... she chose USO for its academics, tennis program and weather/ location of San Diego ... found USO on Internet and contacted coach Stephens ... she prepped at Gymnasium Novy Vicin ... besides tennis, enjoys downhill skiing and snowboarding ... parents are Miroslav and Helena Lesenarova of Novy Vic in, Czech Republic. Major: Communication Studies; Minor: Business Administration .



NCAAAll-America (1997 & 1998)

No. 1 ITA Singles Ranking (1998-99)

T. Rowe Price Clay Courts (Champion, 1998)

Riviera All-American (Champion, 1998)

NCAA Individual Championhips '98 Semis; '97 Quarters

ITANational Player of Week (October, 1998)

Rolex National Indoors (Semifrnalist, 1997 & 1998)

WCC Player of the Year (1998)



MILLIE PRIOR 5 '8" Sr. - San Diego, CA

Millie enters her senior campaign with the Toreros tennis program ... a walk-on in 1997, last season Millie finished 8-8 in singles (7-5 at No. 6) and 3-0 at No. 3 doubles ... two seasons ago in '97, Millie finished 19-21 over-

all (13-14 singles; 6-7 doubles) ... she teamed with Julie Baird at No. 3 doubles for a 3-3 mark ... Dean's List Second Honors each semester at USD ... enters the 1999 spring season with an overall record of35-40 (23-27 singles; 12-13 doubles) ... has worked very hard each season since walking on in '97 and has improved im- mensely ... she prepped at University of San Diego High School where she was selected the team's MVP her senior year .. . her junior campaign she earned the Highest Winning Percentage Award ... she also lettered in track & field where she was the recipient of the Coaches Award, MVP and All-Purpose Award .. . she was also recruited by Colorado, North Carolina and Santa Clara ... besides tennis, enjoys judo ... her brother Jerry played tennis at Villanova ... parents are Jerry & Millie Prior ofBonita, CA. Major: Computer Science; Minor: Business Adm.

ANJA TRAGARDH 5'10" So. -Malmo, Sweden Anja begins her second season with the USD tennis program ... she is projected to play in the top half of the singles line-up and will also see plenty of doubles action ... this past fall season she went 5-4 in singles, including a quarterfinal

appearance at the ASU Invitational ... last season she finished 17-3 in singles (.850 winning percentage) ... she strung together a 9-match winning streak, and then finished the season by winning her last 7 matches ... she was named to the West Coast Conference All-Singles team ... a real competitor, Anja is real tough in singles play ... in the fall of 1998 she knocked off USC's Karolina Bakalarova (#55 fall ranking) twice ... she enters the 1999 spring season with an overall record of 28-19 (25-10 in singles; 3-9 in doubles) .. . she chose USD for the tennis program and the Business School ... besides tennis, Anja enjoys skiing, golfing, traveling, outdoor adventures and french culture ... parents are Ulla Tragardh and Carl Gustaf of Malmo, Sweden. Major: Business Administration.



STACIE LEE 5 '9" So. - Huntsville, TX

Stacie enters her second season with the USD tennis team ... this season she is expected to see playing time in the bottom halfof the singles

line-up, as well as some doubles ... this past fall .._' ____.......,...., season she went 3-4 in singles and 2-3 in doubles .. . last season she teamed with Millie Prior to go 2-0 at No. 2 doubles , and 1-1 with Krista Manning in doubles at the No. 3 spot ...a good all-around athlete, Stacie lettered in both tennis and volleyball at St. Stephens Episcopal School in Austin, Texas ... was tennis team 's MVP all four years with team ranked 14th in state of Texas ... in volleyball (33-2 record), she led central Texas in kills and aces ... she was both a National Jump Rope Champion in single rope and double dutch and a Junior Olympic Champion in same two events ... other schools to recruit her include Penn State, SMU, West Virginia, TCU and UNLV ... parents are Tim and Joan Lee of Huntsville, TX. Major: Communications Minor: Business

KRISTA MANNING 5 '7" So. - St John's, Njld., Canada

Krista enters her second season with the USD tennis program ... last season she teamed with Steffi Hesse to go 11-3 in doubles (9-3 at No. 3 doubles) ... her overall record was 12-5 ...this

coming season will see action at both singles and doubles ... she prepped at Gonzaga High School and comes to USD from St. John's, New- foundland, Canada ... was ranked #2 in U 14 singles and #4 in U 16 singles in Canada ... won three National Doubles titles (in 1994 w/ Jean Dixon; twice in 1993 w/Joanna Buchovska) ... won two Sports– manship Awards at Nationals ... strengths include her aggressive style of play and hard work ethic ... with experience, will be a very good college player ... chose USD for its strong academics and tennis program ... comes from a tennis family-- older sisters, Susan & Karen, both competed at the national level in Canada ... her mother, Ann Gillies, resides in St. John 's, Newfoundland, Canada. Major: Communications



PAOLA ARRANGOIZ 5'5" Fr. - Mexico City, Mexico Paola enters her first season with the USD ten– nis team ... she comes to San Diego with a lot of international tennis experience ... from Mexico City, Mexico, she had a national ranking of #2 in singles and # I in doubles for U- l 8's ... she

participated in the following International Tennis Federation tournn– ments -- the Junior Wimbledon, the French Open, the Australian Open and the United States Open ... her best results were a quarterfinal doubles finish with Brandis Braverman at the Australian Open ... her highest ITF ranking was No. 40 in singles and No. 45 in doubles .. . she was a finalist at the Copa Yucatan Tournament for ITF Group 2 players in Yucatan, Mexico ... she grew up playing and practicing at the Hacienda Lemaitre Tennis Academy, the same facility used by USD men's tennis players Gennan Maldonado and Bernardo Carrillo ... she chose USD for its strong academic program, tennis and because her family lives nearby ... born in London, England, she also lived there between the ages of 5-9 ... besides tennis, she enjoys traveling and shopping .. . she was also recruited by l i;1l.J----------~ BYU ... her parents, Eduardo and Ma Antonieta Arrangoiz, Jive in Mexico City, Mexico. Major: Undeclared.

HEATHER POLUMBUS 6'1"Fr. - Englewood, CO Heather enters her first season with the USD ten– nis program ... she prepped at Cherry Creek High School where she lettered in both tennis and bas– ketball ... she helped her team to undefeated seasons both her junior and senior campaigns with the team winning both the regional cham–

pionship and state titles ... her senior year she was named to the All– Colorado First Team ... during her first two years, the team won re– gional championships and placed 2nd in state her sophomore season and first in her frosh campaign when she was named the team MVP ... she earned All-Centennial League recognition all four years... was also selected team captain in both tennis and basketball .. . her senior year in basketball she was named the team's Most Inspirational Player while earni ng Honorable Mention All-State recognition both her jun– ior and senior campaigns ... ranked No. 1 for U- l 8's in Colorado, and No. 3 in the Inter Mountain Section ... also recruited by Baylor, Tulsa, SMU, Syracuse, Kansas State, Minnesota and Fresno State ... chose USD for strong tennis program, location and excellent academic programs ... parents, Nancy and Tad Polumbus, reside in Englewood, Colorado. Major: Undeclared.



ERIKA PYNE 5'6" Fr. - Gresham, OR

Erika enters her first season with the USO ten- • nis team ... she comes to San Diego from Gresham, Oregon where she prepped at Cen– tennial High School ... thi s past season she a.a-• led her team to the Mt. Hood Conference

Championship while earning Mt. Hood Conference Player of the Year honors , and the team's Most Valuable Player award ... during her junior campaign she was selected the team's MVP with the team finishing second in conference play ... the team finished first in con– ference play during her freshman and sophomore years, with Pyne earni ng MVP and Conference Player of the Year honors her sopho– more campaign with the team being ranked No. 2 in the state ... she chose USO for its great location, good academic program and tennis tradition ... her parents are Jim and Teena Pyne ofGresham, Oregon ... besides playing tennis, she enjoys all water sports. Major: Undeclared.

KATARINA VALKYOVA 5'9" Fr. - Bratislava, Slovakia Katarina enters her first season with the USO ten– nis program ... a freshman from Brati s lava, Slovakia, she is in her first semester at the Uni– versity ofSan Diego ... having played tennis since the age of six, Katarina has quite a few tennis

achievements to her credit ... she won the 1996 European Junior's Team Championship in France; the European Junior's Championship in doubles in Austria for U-16; won the 1994 International Children's Olympic Games in Canada; won the Slovak National Championship for U-16s; and won the Slovak National Championship in women's category in 1997 ... chose USO for its strong academics and tennis program ... prepped at the Sport Grammar School in Bratislava where she graduated in May, 1998 ... her favorite subjects were foreign languages and geography ... besides tenni s, enjoys swim– ming, reading and traveling ... parents are Miroslav and Darina

Valkyova ofBratislava, Slovakia. Major: Business Administration.

1998 STATISTICS & RESULTS 9 Overall: 12-9 (#31) wee Tourn.: 2nd Home: 9-5 Road: 1-3 Neutral: 2-1

1998 SINGLES (as of Jan. 1st) PLAYER No. 1 Zuzana Lesenarova (# 13) 18-3



No. 2 NQJ No. 4 No. 5 No. 6

Dual 18-3 5-16 7-13 17-3 7-11

21-4 5-16 7-13 17-3 7-11




Brigid Joyce



Mirja Wallmark Anja Tragardh Tasha Jackson



0-2 7-5 1-5 0- 1

7-8 1-3 1-1

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8-8 2-7 0-1

8-8 2-7 0-1

Millie Prior Steffi Hesse

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Krista Manning




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1998 DOUBLES (as of Jan. 1st)


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No. 3

No. 2

No. 1


8-8 4-6

8-8 4-6


Lesenarova-Joyce (#35)

1-0 9-3


Jackson-Wa l!mark Hesse-Manning

11-3 1-2 1-3 1- 1 0-1 1-0 2-0



1-2 1-3 1-1 0-1 1-0 2-0

1-2 0-1


1-1 1-1


Wa llmark-Tragardh


0- 1 1-0 2-0

Wa llmark-Hesse Wallmark-Prior








" 1998 TORERO DUALMATCH RESULTS (12-9; #31) Jan.23 LONG BEACH ST. w, 8-1 Mar.20 ARKANSAS L, 1-5 Jan. 27 COLORADO w, 5-4 Mar.24 NORTHWESTERN w, 5-4 Mar.25 LSU L, 4-5 Feb.13 UC IRVINE W, 8-1 Feb. 19 USC L, 3-6 Apr.4 TULSA w, 6-3 Feb.25 at Pepperdine L, 3-6 Apr.18 UNLV W, 5-4 Feb.28 BOISE STATE w, 5-4 Apr. 21 at San Diego State W, 5-4 Apr.24-26 WCC Championships Mar.7 MICHIGAN w, 7-2 @ Pepperdine Univ. Mar. 8 WISCONSIN L, 4-5 Apr. 24 Gonzaga W, 8- 1 Mar. 13-15 USD CLASSIC All Day Apr. 24 LMU W, 7-2 Mar.13 Bye Apr. 25 Pepperdine L, 2-7 Mar.14 WASHINGTON ST. W, 5-3 Mar.15 VA. COMMONWEALTH L, 3-6 May 15-17 NCAA Nati onal Chps. (W. Reg'ls.) Mar. 11 at Cal Berkeley L, 0-9 May 15 San Diego State L, 2-5 "'" ~



ALL-TIME STEPHENS' ROSTER Jill Allen ( 1986) Paola Arrangoiz ( 1999) Julie Baird ( 1994-95-96-97) Dina Birch ( 1994-95)

Lindsay Blanckensee ( 1995) Kara Brady ( 1991-92-93-94) Aby Brayton ( 1987-88-89-90) Conni Campbell (1985-86-87-88)

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Donna Clooney ( 1987) Erin Coughlin (1985) Maddy Diekmann ( 1992)

Yvonne Doyle ( 1994-95-96-97) Christy Drage ( 1987-88-89-90) Tonya Fuller ( 1988-89-90-91) Veronica Gholston ( 1985) Laura Gonzalez ( 1985-86-87-88) Jill Greenwood (1986-87-88-89) Paula Hansen (1990-91-92-93) Steffi Hesse ( 1995-96-97-98) Hillary Hobel ( 1988-89) Stephanie Hogue ( 1988-89)


Ann Hooker ( 1985) Tracy Ishii ( 1992) Kay Izzard (1985-86)

Tasha Jackson ( 1995-96-97-98) Kelley Jewell (1986-87-88-89) Brigid Joyce ( 1995-96-97-98) SakoIwan "Tuck" Kacharoen ( 1989-90-91-92)

Nicole LaChiusa ( 1986-87-88-89) Jennifer Larking ( 1986-87-88-89) Karen Lauer (1990-91-92-93) Stacie Lee (1998-99) Zuzana Lesenarova ( 1997-98-99) Krista Manning ( 1998-99) Laura Mannisto ( 1990-9 1-92-93) Julie McKeon (1991-92-93-94) Margo Mui tally (1990-91 ) Lisa Murphy (1985) Annie Pinjuv ( 1985-86-87) Heather Polumbus ( 1999) Millie Prior ( 1997-98-99) Erika Pyne ( 1999) Gina Raftus ( 1985) Laura Richards (1991-92-93-94) Christine Schmeidel ( 1989) Michelle Smith (1996-97) Kristine Smith ( 1993-94-95-96) Sarah Smith ( 1986)


Therese Smyth ( 1996) Rose Tarkanian ( 1986)

Anja Tragardh ( 1998-99) Katarina Valkyova ( 1999) Mirja Wallmark (1997-98) USO ASSISTANT COACHES

Jun Hernandez (1998-99) Tammy Stephens ( 1994-97)

Julie Baird (1998) Kara Brady ( 1995) Ann Davis ( 1997) Steve Dawson ( 1986) Jean Dillingham ( 1985) Nicole Elliott ( 1997)

Kathy Toon ( 1987-90)

Anne-Marie Voorheis ( 1991-93)

Robin White ( 1994)

Current players and coaches in bold


11 lone Torero to play in the singles champion– ship. Birch, the team 's # 1 player, finished the year with a singles record of 24-13 and national ranking of#44. At the national cham– pionships, Birch fought through a closely contested match before falling 6-4, 6-4 in the second round to the eventual champion. The doubles team of Kristine Smith and Yvonne Doyle prevailed to the round of 16, and fin– ished the season 21-5 and ranked # 14. The 1996 season was another banner year for USD with the Toreros winning 12 of their final 14 to finish 15-9 overall and ranked #25 in the nation. USD lost to Cal 1-5 in the f~rst round of the NCAA's with Kristine Smith earning USD's point with a 7-6, 6-4 win over #40 Amanda Augustus at No. 1. Smith and Yvonne Doyle also were selected to play in the NCAA Doubles Championships. Julie Baird and Kristine Smith were selected 1996 ITA Scholar-Athlete All-Americans. The 1997 season was high Iighted by freshman Zuzana Lesenarova's impact on the NCAA tennis scene. With a variety of injuries hitting the Torero squad through- out the season, she guided the team into the second round of the NCAA's and to a

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1993 Reunion of USD Women s Tennts


final record of 16-12. She advanced to the quarterfina ls of the NCAA Individual Tournament, finished with a national ranking of 20th, and earned NCAA All-America honors. The 1998 season saw USD finish 12-9 overall and with a national ranking of No. 31. The Toreros advanced to the NCAA's for the eighth time under the leadership ofcoach Sherri Stephens. Additionally, Zuzana Lesenarova advanced to the semis of the NCAA Individual Championships and garnered her second straight NCAA All-America honor. The future looks bright for USD women's tennis. The high caliber of tennis consistently played at USD contributes to the program 's identity as a university with superior scholar-ath– letes. Stephens' players are recruited based on their academic and athletic abilities, she says, and other schools notice when USD ath letes are graduating in four years and playing in na– tional competitions. "I get the more well-rounded players who become every bit as good as the nationally ranked players because they put everything they have into it," Stephens says. "These you_ng women really work hard. They take full class loads and practice four to five hours a day, not including conditioning and weights. "They're playing the highest level of tennis there is and not sacrificing academics," she adds. "That's really special." SCHOLARSIDP INFORMATION The USD women's tennis program distributes schol– arships based on athletic ability. These are given at the discretion of Head Coach Sherri Stephens. STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION The University of San Diego does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religious belief, age, na– tional origin, ancestory, or handicap in admission to the University, in financial aid programs, in educational pro– grams and policies, and in athletic or other University-ad– ministered programs. Inquiries concerning the application of the University's non-discrimination policies may be ad– dressed to USD's Director of Academic Services.

The USD women's tennis program is proud of its tradition of excellence it achieves on the tennis court, as well as in the classroom. Since arriving at the University of San Diego in the fall of 1984, 15th year coach Sherri Stephens and her staff have turned the USD program into one of the best, most re– spected women's tennis programs in the nation. Over the past thirteen seasons against some of the nation's best, Stephens has accumu lated a win-loss record of 183-120 (60.4 winning percentage), finishing all thirteen seasons with .500 or better marks. During this time her teams have advanced to the NCAATournament eight times ( 1989, 1990, 1991 , 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998), three times reaching the second round; finished among the nation 's top-25 eight times with a high of # 16 in 1992 ( 15-5 overall record); placed 2nd in the West Coast Conference Chps. eleven straight seasons; and had four Toreros receive a total of eight NCAA All-America honors. After joining the West Coast Conference in 1986 and post– ing three straight winning seasons ('86-8_8), the Toreros ma_de their first NCAA appearance in 1989 behmd the play of se111or Jennifer Larking, junior Aby Brayton and sophomore Tonya Fuller. USD defeated Tennesse 7-2, before falling to Florida. The Toreros wou ld go on to reach the NCAA's the next three years ( 1990-92) as well, riding the sol id perfonnances of fonnerToreros like Tonya Fuller ('91 NCAAAII-America), two– time NCAA All-America Laura Richards , three-time NCAA All-America Julie McKeon, Sakolwan "Tuck" Kacharoen, Kara Brady, Laura Mannisto, Karen Lauer and Paula Hansen. The doubles tandem of McKeon-Richards advanced to the semifi– nals of the 1992 NCAA Doubles Championsh ips. US D's '93 and '94 squads narrowly missed se lection to the NCAAs, finishing with records of 11-9 (#24 ITA) and 14-5 (#2 1 ITA) respectively. Though the Toreros were eliminated from the NCAA Team Tournament (Ma libu, CA) by the University of Indi ana in the first round in 1995, a schoo l record five USD players returned to Pepperdine the next week to compete in the individual tour– naments. Among them was sen ior Dina Birch who was the

NCAATOURNAMENT HISTORY 12 USD TEAM APPEARANCES AT NCAA TOURNAMENTS 1989 San Diego 7, Tennessee 2 Florida 6, San Diego 1 1990 San Diego 5, Kentucky 4 California 6, San Diego USD NCAA ALL-AMERICANS

1991 Mississippi 5, San Diego I 1992 Mississippi 5, San Diego 4 1995 Indiana 5, San Diego 3 1996 Cal 5, San Diego 1 1997 San Diego 5, UNLV 4 USC 5, San Diego 1 1998 San Diego State 5, San Diego 2


1988 1989

Jennifer Larking (Singles)

Jennifer Larking (Singles) Larking-Aby Brayton (Doubles)


Aby Brayton (Singles) Tonya Fuller (Singles)


Tuck Kacharoen (Singles) Tony Fuller (Singles) Fuller-Julie McKean (Doubles) Julie McKean (Singles) Laura Richards (Singles) McKean-Richards (Doubles) Julie McKean (Singles) Laura Richards (Singles) McKean-Richards (Doubles) Julie McKean (Singles) Laura Richards (Singles) Kristine Smith (Singles) McKean-Richards (Doubles)





Dina Birch (Singles) Kristine Smith-Yvonne Doyle (Doubles) Steffi Hesse-Lindsay Blanckensee (Obis)

1996 1997

Tonya Fuller NCAA Division I A/I-America /99/

Yvonne Doyle-Kristine Smith (Doubles)

Zuzana Lesenarova (Singles; Rd . of 8) Yvonne Doyle (Singles)


Zuzana Lesenarova (Singles; Semis)

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Opponent/Tournament at Arizona Tournament at UCLA (L.A. Tennis Center) at Rolex Indoor Chps. (Dallas, TX)




Jan. 22-24

All Day 1:30 pm All Day 1:30 pm 12 Noon 12 Noon ALL DAY 1:30 pm 10:00 am



Thur.-Sun., Feb. 4-7


Feb. 12 Feb. 14 Feb.21

at Stanford University at Saint Mary's College

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(Long Beach State, LMU, Furman, USO)

Tue., Sun.,


Mar. 2 Mar. 7

Fri.-Sun., Mar. 12-14 USO TENNIS CLASSIC

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Mar. 19 Mar. 21 Apr. 3 Apr. 10 Apr. 16


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May 14-16 NCAA Regionals


Thur.-Fri., May 20-28 NCAA National Championships

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All Home Matches in CAPITALS and played at the USD West Courts.


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