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The DU women posted an impressive 18-4 overall record and were a perfect 8-0 in WAC regular season play during their 2012-13 campaign
Courtesy: Denver Athletics
The DU women posted an impressive 18-4 overall record and were a perfect 8-0 in WAC regular season play during their 2012-13 campaign
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Women’s Tennis 2012-13 Season Recap
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 05/22/2013
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DENVER – The University of Denver women’s tennis finished its season with an 18-4 record, while touting an 8-0 record in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play.  The Pioneers entered the postseason as a No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament.  The Pioneers defeated No. 8 New Mexico State and No. 5 Idaho to reach their first WAC Tournament finals.  DU was stunned by No. 2 San Jose State, falling 4-3 in the finals. 

 

“I felt this year was a giant step in the right direction for where we want this tennis program to be.” Head coach Jeremy Wurtzman said. “We were very successful against ranked teams and made a big jump in to the rankings. I feel that with the experience we gained this year and the commitment from the players the future is very bright.”

 

Denver seniors Sophia Bergner (Schechen, Germany), Emma Isberg (Tyreso, Sweden) and Steffi Rath (Hochst, Austria) provided a spark and leadership to the lineup.  Bergner finished the season 25-8 overall in singles with a 16-4 dual match record, all while playing in the No. 1 singles slot.  Bergner’s efforts and hard-fought season were awarded, as she was named 2013 ITA Mountain Region Senior of the Year.  She also earned All-WAC second team honors in singles and was selected to the WAC All-Tournament team in doubles with Rath.  

Isberg was named Most Valuable Player by her teammates after finishing her senior campaign 26-8 overall in singles with an 18-4 dual match record.  Isberg was an All-WAC first team honoree in singles.  The senior only surrendered three singles losses during 2013, which included two separate eight-match win streaks.

Rath ended her senior season with a 23-7 overall singles record and an impressive 16-3 dual match record.  Rath ended her senior campaign with an incredible 19-match unbeaten streak in singles after starting the spring season, 0-2. Rath was named a member of the All-WAC first team in singles and selected to the All-Tournament team with partner Bergner in doubles. 

“The seniors won a ton of matches for Denver throughout their careers and especially this year” Wurtzman said. “They were great leaders for our team both on and off the court, and will be greatly missed.”

Newcomer Kathryn Hughes (Wrexham, Wales) capped off her first season as a member of the Pioneers with a 11-5 overall singles record, which earned her All-WAC first team and Most Valuable Freshman honors.  She also finished the season with only one conference loss.  Hughes paired with junior Caroline Schnell (Greenwood Village, Colo.) the majority of the season in doubles.  The tandem finished the season with a 9-3 overall record, and was named to the All-WAC second team in doubles.

“After a difficult start to the season, [Kathryn] really stepped up and won some key matches for the team.” Wurtzman said.  “She has a huge amount of talent and has the skills to become one of our top players.  She has room to develop and once she has some more experience in college, there will be no turning back.”

Coach Wurtzman and first year Assistant Coach Christian Thompson helped lead Denver to one of its best seasons in program history.  The efforts did not go unnoticed;  Wurtzman was named WAC Women’s  Tennis Coach of the Year.  The coaching duo will look to continue to improve and grow in 2013-14.

 

Awards/Honors:

All-Western Athletic Conference First Team- Emma Isberg (Singles), Steffi Rath (Singles), Kathryn Hughes (Singles)

All-Western Athletic Conference Second Team- Sophia Bergner (Singles), Mandy van den Eerenbeemt (Singles), Caroline Schnell and Kathryn Hughes (Doubles)

WAC All-Tournament- Caroline Schnell (Singles), Sophia Bergner and Steffi Rath (Doubles)

Team Most Valuable Player- Emma Isberg 

Team Most Valuable Freshman- Kathryn Hughes

Hornbeck List and Dean’s List Honoree- Steffi Rath

ITA Mountain Regional Player of the Year - Sophia Bergner

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