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Men's and Women's Tennis Players Highlighted in North Mural
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 08/17/2012
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The University of Denver tennis programs are represented by five men's players and four women's players in the mural on the north side of the main concourse of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness. The mural celebrates and highlights Pioneer athletic team and individual successes, and what it means to be a Denver Pioneer.

Benny Althaus, Ravjot Dhatt, Urban Ljubic, David Simson and Nejc Smole represent the DU men's tennis team in the mural, while Julia Bauregger, Yannick Dullens, Caryn Honig and Mallory Voelker represent the DU women's tennis program. A brief sketch of each player is listed below:

Benny Althaus, 2006-09 -  Althaus helped Denver to 54 wins during his four-year career. Denver reached the national rankings for the first time in program history during Althaus' freshman season in 2006 and placed a program-best second at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in 2007. Althaus and the Pioneers enjoyed the finest DU men's tennis NCAA Division I season in 2008, advancing to their first NCAA Division I Tournament, placing second in the SBC Tournament for the second-straight year and setting a team record with 18 wins. Althaus capped his career by leading the team with 15 singles wins and earning a prestigious SBC Postgraduate Scholarship during his senior season in 2009. Althaus finished his career with 42 singles wins and 18 doubles victories.

Ravjot Dhatt, 2007-10 - Dhatt helped the Pioneers to 60 wins during his four-year career. Dhatt was named the Pioneers' Freshman of the Year in 2007 after the team finished a program-best second at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Dhatt and the Pioneers advanced to their first NCAA Division I Tournament and again placed second in the SBC Tournament with an 18-win season in 2008. Dhatt and the Pioneers had a banner season in 2010, advancing to their second NCAA Division I Tournament and recording a school-record 19 wins. Dhatt had 21 singles wins and 25 doubles victories.

Urban Ljubic, 2001-04 - Ljubic racked up an impressive 43 singles wins and 36 doubles victories for the Pioneers from 2001-04. He was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference Men's Singles Team in 2003 after posting a 22-10 record at No. 1 singles and 18-12 doubles mark. Ljubic helped Denver to 39 wins during his three-year Denver career. Ljubic, who was a fierce competitor, is currently an assistant coach at Minnesota for former DU coach Geoff Young.

David Simson, 2007-10 - Simson posted 47 singles wins and 49 doubles victories during his three-year career at Denver. Simson earned a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in finance and helped the Pioneers to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (2008 & 2010) in his three seasons at DU. Simson was a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII At-Large First Team member (2009 & 2010) and member of the DU Dean's List every quarter. Simson earned the Arthur Ashe Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership for the Mountain Region in 2010 and was an All-Sun Belt Conference singles and doubles honoree in 2009. He earned the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship after his senior year in 2010.

Nejc Smole, 2002-06 - Smole posted 60 singles wins and 60 doubles victories during a four-year career that was filled with injuries. Smole amassed 23 or more singles wins in two seasons and was an All-Sun Belt Conference singles honoree in 2004. Smole, who was known for his big serve, was named the Pioneer Sportsman of the Year as DU's top male freshman athlete in 2003 and team MVP as a sophomore in 2004. Smole helped Denver to a 52-44 dual match record.

Julia Bauregger, 2006-10 - Bauregger enjoyed an outstanding four-year career at DU, ranking second all-time with 91 singles wins and fifth with 69 doubles wins. The Pioneers also made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009, and claimed the Sun Belt Conference title in 2008. Bauregger and the Pioneers made history with their school-record 23-3 mark, SBC title, NCAA appearance and NCAA first-round victory over Long Beach State in 2008. Bauregger was named to the All-SBC Doubles Team in 2008 and All-SBC Singles Team in 2010. Bauregger, who was named the Pioneers' Freshman of the Year in 2007, earned the ITA Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship for the Central Region in 2008.  

Yannick Dullens, 2001-05 - Dullens put DU women's tennis on the NCAA Division I map, becoming the Pioneers' first three-time All-Sun Belt Conference singles honoree and leading DU to its first SBC championship and NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in 2004. Dullens went 17-3 at No. 1 singles and 19-3 at No. 1 doubles with Suzana Maksovic as Denver posted a 20-2 overall record. Dullens earned back-to-back All-SBC doubles honors with Maksovic in 2004 and 2005, and finished her career with a school-record 83 doubles wins. She also ranks fifth with 77 career singles wins.

Caryn Honig, 1983-87 - Honig was a four-year letterwinner for the Pioneers from 1983-87. She helped Denver advance to the NCAA Division II Team Tournament in her freshman campaign. Playing No. 1 singles during her entire career, Honig also qualified for the NCAA Singles Tournament three times. She claimed two individual conference titles and was named to the Continental Divide All-Conference team four times during her career. Honig, who a two-time team captain, earned a pair NCAA Division II All-America honors. She was named the University of Denver Female Athlete of the Year in 1987 and led the Pioneers to the 1987 Continental Divide Conference title. Honig was recognized as one of the top female athletes in school history when she was selected to the University of Denver Silver Anniversary of Women's Athletics team in 1999. She was inducted into the DU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

Mallory Voelker, 2007-09 - Voelker transferred to Denver after two seasons at Purdue and was an outstanding two-year singles and doubles performer for the Pioneers. She led Denver to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009 by posted a blistering 55-13 singles record. In 2008, Voelker and the Pioneers made history with their school-record 23-3 mark, Sun Belt Conference title, NCAA Tournament appearance and NCAA first-round victory over Long Beach State. Voelker was a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference singles and NCAA Singles Championships performer, and finished her collegiate career with more than 100 singles victories.

The University of Denver Division of Athletics and Recreation announced the mural of Pioneer student-athlete action photos, athletic logos and mascots on May 18. The mural marks the second step of a multi-part series that celebrates and highlights Pioneer athletic team and individual successes, and what it means to be a Denver Pioneer. An effort was made to include individuals who have helped establish the University of Denver as a thriving NCAA Division I institution. The mural also includes official DU athletic logos and mascots, including Pioneer Pete, Denver Boone and Ruckus. Images of select student-athletes include DU Hall of Fame inductees, national champions, All-Americans, Olympians and Academic All-Americans.

If you have a name of a former DU student-athlete for future inclusion of the next mural, please submit the name and a high resolution color action photo to Assistant Vice Chancellor Bob Willis at Robert.Willis@du.edu

 


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