Page 1


COLONELS

General Information

Table of Contents Quick Facts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Head Coach Rob Oertel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Graduate Assistant Coach Carles Pons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2014 Rosters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Season Outlook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Women’s Player Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8 Men’s Player Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-12 2013 Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Ohio Valley Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Eastern Kentucky University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Richmond & Surrounding Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Colonel Tennis Honors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Quick Facts General Information

School Eastern Kentucky University Location Richmond, Ky. Founded/Enrollment 1906/15,968 Nickname Colonels Colors Maroon (209) and white Tennis Facilities Greg Adams Tennis Center (indoor) Coach Tom Higgins Tennis Courts (outdoor) Conference Ohio Valley Affiliation NCAA Division I President Dr. Michael T. Benson Athletics Director Mark Sandy Athletics Phone 859-622-2120

Coaching Staff

Head Coach Alma Mater Overall Division I Record Office Phone E-mail Fax Graduate Assistant Coach Alma Mater

Athletic Public Relations Tennis Contact Office Phone E-mail Fax Internet Twitter Facebook

Rob Oertel Wisconsin-Stout, ’86 308-254 (23 seasons – men) 204-156 (15 seasons – women) 859-622-2133 rob.oertel@eku.edu 859-622-8334 Carles Pons Eastern Kentucky, ’12 Michael Clark 859-622-6170 michael.clark@eku.edu 859-622-5108 www.EKUSports.com @EKUSports, @EKU_W_Tennis EKU Colonels

Mailing Address

Athletic Public Relations 521 Lancaster Ave. Alumni Coliseum 115 Richmond, KY 40475

Credits Writing, Editing and Design: Michael Clark, Director of Athletic Public Relations using Adobe InDesign CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Editorial Assistance: Dan McBride, Rob Oertel Photos: Chris Radcliffe, Mishari Aldiab, Salem Peters, Terrence Humphrey,

Wade Rackley, Eastern Progress, Tim Webb, Eastern Kentucky University Archives, Ohio Valley Conference Special Thanks: Kevin Britton, Steve Fohl, Simon Gray, Dan McBride, Rob Oertel

Overnight Address Same as above

1

EKUSports.com


eku

Coaching Staff The Oertel File Name: Rob Oertel Hometown: West Allis, Wis.

Head Coach • 13th Season at EKU

Rob Oertel

Education: Wisconsin-Stout (B.S., Business Administration, 1986) Indiana State (M.S., Physical Education, 1991) Collegiate Coaching Experience: Wisconsin-Stout (Head Coach, 1989) Indiana State (Head Coach, 1990-96) Denver (Head Coach, 1997-2000) Eastern Kentucky (Head Coach, 2002-present)

Alma Mater: Wisconsin-Stout, 1986 u 2013, 2012 OVC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year u 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007 OVC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year u 1995 MVC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year Rob Oertel is entering his 13th season as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Eastern Kentucky. The last few seasons have been memorable ones for the Colonels as the EKU women qualified for the NCAA championships in 2009, 2012 and 2013 while the men advanced to three straight NCAAs from 2010-12. In his 12 years at EKU, Oertel has taken the Colonels from the cellar of the OVC to a consistent contender in the season-ending OVC tournament. He has coached 42 All-OVC players, six OVC Players of the Year, three OVC Freshmen of the Year and one OVC Sportsmanship Award winner while in charge of the Eastern program. Eastern Kentucky has been successful in the classroom as well as on the court under Oertel. Three Colonels have earned Academic All-America honors while the men’s tennis team was honored with a coveted NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Award in the spring of 2012. Oertel has more than 20 years of experience as a Division I head coach after previously serving four years at Denver and seven at Indiana State. He handled both the men’s and women’s programs at Indiana State during the 1989-90 season as well as at Denver in the 1996-97 campaign and spring of 1999. “One of my primary goals when I took this position was to raise this program to national respectability,” Oertel said. “I can say with great pride that we are now at that level. I hope we can keep building on our achievements.” The University of Denver was a Division II program when Oertel took the helm in 1996. By his fourth season, he lifted the Pioneers to a very competitive status at the Division I level with an overall record of 16-8. Before joining the Pioneer staff at Denver, Oertel recorded an overall record of 95-73 with the Indiana State men’s tennis team. During the 1994-95 season, Oertel guided the Sycamores to a regular season Missouri Valley Conference co-championship and second-place finish in the conference tournament. Oertel earned the 1995 MVC Coach of the Year award as

EKUSports.com

Born: Feb. 5, 1964

ISU finished 18-9 overall with key victories over Tulsa, Purdue, Kansas and Marquette. In addition, Indiana State won its final 12 regular season dual matches to earn a berth in the NCAA team championships. The Sycamores advanced to the final 24 in the 1995 NCAA tournament before falling to Arizona State. A native of West Allis, Wis., Oertel graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1986 with a degree in business administration. In 1988, he began his coaching career at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Monroe, Mich., as the assistant coach. Next, he assumed the head coaching reins at his alma mater, WisconsinStout, before moving to Indiana State. In 1991, he earned his master’s of science degree from Indiana State in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration. Oertel has further enhanced his extensive coaching experience by working with players of all ages as a tennis pro in the Fiji Islands, Michigan and Wisconsin. As a collegiate tennis player, Oertel was one of the most decorated athletes to ever play for the Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils. He became the first tennis player in Blue Devil history to earn AllAmerican honors while also playing on four consecutive conference championship teams. Oertel’s NCAA Division III national ranking peaked at No. 13 in singles and No. 4 in doubles during his senior campaign. In 1996, Oertel was inducted into the Wisconsin-Stout Athletics Hall of Fame. He was named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) All-Time Men’s Tennis team in 2011.

Oertel’s Division I Career Coaching Record Men

Year School Record 1990 Indiana State 13- 10 1991 Indiana State 14- 10 1992 Indiana State 10- 11 1993 Indiana State 15- 9 1994 Indiana State 12- 13 1995 Indiana State 18- 9 1996 Indiana State 13- 11 1997 Denver 7- 7 1998 Denver 4- 16 1999 Denver 5- 14 2000 Denver 16- 8 2002 Eastern Kentucky 10- 13 2003 Eastern Kentucky 14- 10 2004 Eastern Kentucky 12- 13 2005 Eastern Kentucky 11- 16 2006 Eastern Kentucky 11- 15 2007 Eastern Kentucky 18- 11 2008 Eastern Kentucky 16- 12 2009 Eastern Kentucky 18- 9 2010 Eastern Kentucky 18- 9 2011 Eastern Kentucky 21- 5 2012 Eastern Kentucky 19- 10 2013 Eastern Kentucky 13- 13 Totals (23 seasons) 308- 254

2

Women

Year School Record 1990 Indiana State 5- 13 1997 Denver 13- 7 1999 Denver 7- 8 2002 Eastern Kentucky 7- 15 2003 Eastern Kentucky 13- 11 2004 Eastern Kentucky 13- 13 2005 Eastern Kentucky 15- 12 2006 Eastern Kentucky 14- 10 2007 Eastern Kentucky 12- 13 2008 Eastern Kentucky 19- 7 2009 Eastern Kentucky 22- 6 2010 Eastern Kentucky 14- 16 2011 Eastern Kentucky 13- 11 2012 Eastern Kentucky 18- 7 2013 Eastern Kentucky 19- 7 Totals (15 seasons) 204- 156


COLONELS

Coaching Staff

The Pons File Name: Carles Pons Escanilla Hometown: Barcelona, Spain Born: April 16, 1989

Graduate Asst. Coach • 1st Season at EKU

Carles Pons

Education: Eastern Kentucky (B.S., Sports management, 2012)

Alma Mater: Eastern Kentucky, 2012 Former EKU tennis player Carles Pons is in his first year with the Colonel coaching staff. Pons was a part of the three NCAA tournament squads as a Colonel – 2010, 2011 and 2012. Now a member of the coaching staff, Pons is responsible for on-court coaching, handling administrative tasks and executing miscellaneous duties off the court. Pons is also working towards completing his master’s degree in sports administration at EKU. Pons earned second team All-OVC honors in 2010 after going 7-0 in OVC singles action. As a senior in 2012, he teamed with Hugo Klientovsky to go 12-1 at No. 1 doubles and undefeated against league foes. Off the court, Pons enjoys all types of sports, listening to music and traveling.

Collegiate Coaching Experience: Eastern Kentucky (Grad. Assistant Coach, 2014-present)

Men’s Team Roster Name Alex Alvaro Diego Asis Danny Butcher Juanjo de la Llera Florian Graskamp Joao Maio Daridge Saidi Alberto Tintoré

Ht. 5-11 5-10 5-9 6-1 5-10 5-8 6-2 5-8

Wt. 165 140 165 190 151 155 192 140

Pronunciations Cl. So. Fr. Fr. Jr. So. Sr. Jr. Fr.

Hometown (Previous School) Madrid, Spain (Colegio Sagrado Corazon) Madrid, Spain Williamsburg, Ky. (Whitley County HS) Barcelona, Spain (Univ. of the Cumberlands) Geseke, Germany (Gymnasium Antonianum Geseke) Porto, Portugal (Externato Augusto Simoes) Aubervilliers, France (Universite Paris XIII) Barcelona, Spain (Escuela Suiza Barcelona)

Amandine Faouzi – AH-mahndeen FOW-zee Marcela Jimenez - HIM-en-ez Kristina Labeja – lah-BAY-ah Joao Maio – jah-WOW MAY-oh Saioa Oscoz – sigh-OH-ah AHSkohth Milena Poffo – muh-LAY-nuh POH-foh Head Coach Rob Oertel – or-TELL

Women’s Team Roster Name Amandine Faouzi Melissa Gerritsen Marcela Jimenez Danielle Kinnen Kristina Labeja Saioa Oscoz Milena Poffo Carmen Rodriguez

Ht. 5-6 5-6 5-5 5-8 5-8 5-9 5-3 5-7

Cl. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr.

Hometown (Previous School)

Mareil Sur Mauldre, France (Centre National d’ Education a distance)

Ilpendam, Netherlands (OSG Willem Blaeu) Ensenada, Mexico (Universidad Auto’noma de Baja California) Edinburgh, Scotland (British School of Barcelona) Riga, Latvia (Riga Secondary School #94) Pamplona, Spain (San Fermin) Joinville, Brazil (Celso Ramos) Toledo, Spain (Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid)

3

EKUSports.com


eku

Season Outlook “Staying healthy is our biggest obstacle right now,” Oertel said. “We’ve got a veteran team, and the wear and tear of college tennis is starting to show a little bit.” Junior Melissa Gerritsen and sophomore Danielle Kinnen both enter the spring season battling injuries. Gerritsen saw very limited action in the fall, but when healthy is one of the top doubles players in the line-up and would be a middle of the order singles player. Kinnen adds depth to the roster and is a solid competitor in doubles. Eastern Kentucky faces plenty of quality opponents in the nonconference portion of the schedule including Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville and Miami (Ohio). The OVC tournament will once again be held in Paducah, Ky., from April 17-19.

The Colonel Women A three-peat is on the line for the Eastern Kentucky University women’s tennis team as the Colonels enter the 2014 spring season. EKU is shooting to be the first team to win three straight Ohio Valley Conference titles since Murray State accomplished the feat in 2001-03. Eastern Kentucky dominated the conference in 2013, amazingly dropping just one point in 10 league matches. Just as scary for the rest of the OVC is that all six starters from last year’s team return, which makes the Colonels the favorite to win the title again. “Filling the wall [of our indoor tennis center] with banners is a major motivator for the women’s team,” EKU head coach Rob Oertel said. “It would be nice to make the national rankings, but our top goal is to win the conference title and make the NCAA tournament.” Junior Amandine Faouzi is expected to headline the roster as the team’s No. 1 singles player for the third consecutive year. Faouzi finished her sophomore campaign 19-6 overall at the No. 1 spot on the way to earning OVC Player of the Year accolades. Junior Kristina Labeja and senior Saoia Oscoz earned All-OVC honors in 2013 as well. Labeja, Eastern’s No. 2 player, concluded her 2013 season with seven straight singles victories on the way to posting a teambest .826 winning percentage in dual singles matches. Oscoz has continually improved throughout her EKU career. She was one of three Colonels to reach 20 total singles victories one year ago. “The biggest improvement we’ve made thus far is the health of Milena Poffo,” Oertel said. “She’s always been banged up and the way she plays can be tough on her physically.” Poffo, the only other senior on this year’s squad, split time between No. 4 and No. 5 singles in 2013. She had a stellar start to her senior campaign by winning the Flight 3 bracket of the Steve Baras Fall Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. Poffo advanced to the finals by winning a pair of three-set matches. Juniors Marcela Jimenez and Carmen Rodriguez will battle for the final two positions in the Colonel line-up. The duo went a combined 13-0 in OVC singles matches last spring.

The Colonel Men It was a strange sight to see a team other than Eastern Kentucky win the OVC men’s tennis title in 2013. The Colonels had won either the OVC regular season or tournament crown for four straight years dating back to 2009. However, EKU finished in third place last spring behind Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech. What will it take for Eastern to rise back to the top? “Believe in themselves, inner confidence,” EKU head coach Rob Oertel said. “So far, so good. I like what I am seeing thus far in that category.” Five of the Colonels’ top six players from last spring are back on the roster this year. Three players – sophomore Alex Alvaro, junior Juanjo de la Llera and junior Daridge Saidi – appear to be in the running for the top spot in EKU’s line-up. “Usually the player who wants to be number one, ends up playing number one,” Oertel said. Saidi spent the majority of 2013 at the top position and went 5-4 against OVC competition. However, de la Llera has put himself in position for the No. 1 slot in the early portion of the indoor season. Alvaro came on strong at the end of his freshman campaign, winning his final five singles matches, all in straight sets. “Juanjo’s and Alex’s match maturity has drastically improved [over last year] and they’ve finally embraced being Colonels,” Oertel said. “They’ve come a long way in believing in themselves and realizing how good they truly are on the court.” Senior Joao Maio and sophomore Florian Graskamp give EKU quality depth in the line-up. Maio, the only senior on the roster, led the team with 15 dual singles victories last season. Graskamp went 7-0 in OVC singles matches in 2013, mainly at the No. 6 position. Three new players joined the squad this year – freshmen Diego Asis, Danny Butcher and Alberto Tintoré. Asis has a solid allcourt game and is expected to be a major contributor in doubles. Butcher is battling injuries and may not be able to compete this season. Tintoré’s greatest strength is his speed and court coverage. At least one of those players will need to step up and be an immediate contributor. Asis may have the early edge after producing a three-set win at No. 6 singles against Xavier on Jan. 25 to help propel the Colonels to a 4-3 victory. The schedule will once again be very challenging with the likes of Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana on tap in the indoor season. The conclusion of the schedule will be just as daunting against OVC contenders Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech as well as Louisville. The OVC tournament will once again be held in Paducah, Ky., from April 17-19.

All seven women’s players from the 2013 team that qualified for the NCAA championships are back again this season.

EKUSports.com

4


COLONELS

Player Profiles

5-9 • Senior

5-3 • Senior

Saioa Oscoz

Milena Poffo

Hometown: Pamplona, Spain

Hometown: Joinville, Brazil

u 2013 All-OVC first team selection

u 2012 All-OVC second team selection

Player Profile – Oscoz is once again expected to compete for a spot in the middle of the line-up as a senior … has continually improved her conditioning throughout her collegiate career. 2012-13 (Junior) – Won all nine of her OVC singles matches in straight sets, mainly at the No. 3 position … rallied for a three-set win at Miami (Ohio) on Feb. 2 which turned out to be the deciding point in the 5-2 win … went 3-0 in three-set matches in the spring including a win versus Xavier on Jan. 25 … finished 9-3 in doubles with Milena Poffo at the No. 2 spot while winning all five OVC contests … teamed up with Melissa Gerritsen to win the Flight A doubles bracket at the Austin Peay Fall Invitational. 2011-12 (Sophomore) – Spent most of the season playing at No. 3 singles … earned OVC Player of the Week honors (April 4) after putting together a 12-1 streak in singles … won the deciding singles match in a 4-3 win over Abilene Christian on Feb. 25 … went 6-0 spring singles matches that went to a third set. 2010-11 (Freshman) – Split her freshman year between No. 3 and No. 4 singles … went 4-4 in OVC singles matches… ended her freshman season by winning five of six doubles matches with Jessica Albuquerque at the No. 1 spot. Off the Court – Serving on EKU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in 2013-14 … climbed as high as No. 103 in the Spanish national rankings … twice won the regional tournament to advance to the national junior tournament … also participated in basketball in high school … her hobbies include shopping, going out to eat and hanging out with friends … her tennis goals include helping the team win its third straight OVC title.

Player Profile – Poffo can hit a variety of ground strokes and possesses a reliable serve … a very confident player on the court … should once again be a fixture in the starting line-up. 2012-13 (Junior) – Ended the season with a five-match winning streak … clinched the 2013 OVC title with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 5 singles in the championship match versus Jacksonville State … won the deciding match in the upset over Louisville on Feb. 14 … put together a 9-3 record in doubles with Saioa Oscoz at the No. 2 spot while winning all five OVC contests … advanced to the finals of the Flight C singles bracket at the Austin Peay Fall Invitational thanks to a three-set win over UT Martin’s Alice Laing. 2011-12 (Sophomore) – Won the No. 3 bracket at the Ball State Fall Invitational thanks to a three-set win over Ball State’s Ashlyn Rang … teamed up with Kristina Labeja to win three matches and advance to the round of 16 at the 2011 ITA Fall Regionals … posted a perfect 8-0 OVC singles record mainly at the No. 5 spot … led the team with 24 overall singles victories … won the deciding match in a 4-3 win over UT Martin on April 7. 2010-11 (Freshman) – Finished second on the team with six OVC singles victories (6-2), mainly at the No. 5 spot … earned a hard fought third-set tie-breaker win against Duquesne (7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (6)) to propel EKU to a 4-3 victory … also won the deciding match versus Morehead State in three sets … joined the squad in the spring of 2011. Off the Court – Competed in 10 national championships and 16 regional championships in the last five years … climbed all the way to No. 2 in the Brazilian junior national rankings … won the second biggest tournament in Brazil – The Best of Brazil Masters … also competed in swimming and soccer in high school … enjoys swimming and playing volleyball in her spare time … her EKU goals include earning a collegiate degree and improving her tennis game.

The Oscoz File Name: Saioa Oscoz Born: June 1, 1992 Parents: Peio Oscoz and Yolanda Cob Siblings: Eneko (19), Mikel (17) Major: Chemistry Singles Overall Spring Doubles Overall Spring 2010-11 10-20 10-14 14-15 11-11 2011-12 18-11 15-7 10-15 10-10 2012-13 21-9 17-5 17-10 12-7 Totals 48-40 42-26 41-40 32-38

The Poffo File Name: Milena Poffo Parents: Marcio and Kátia Poffo Major: Apparel design

Born: June 2, 1992 Siblings: Felipe (21), Camila (18)

Singles Overall Spring Doubles Overall Spring 2010-11 14-9 14-9 11-12 11-12 2011-12 24-9 16-7 20-16 12-11 2012-13 19-6 14-4 12-7 12-7 Totals 57-24 44-20 43-35 35-30

5

EKUSports.com


eku

Player Profiles

5-6 • Junior

5-6 • Junior

Amandine Faouzi

Melissa Gerritsen

Hometown: Mareil Sur Mauldre, France

Hometown: Ilpendam, Netherlands

u 2013 OVC Player of the Year u 2012 OVC Freshman of the Year u 2013, 2012 All-OVC first team selection

u 2012 All-OVC second team selection Player Profile – Gerritsen should compete for a spot in the upper half of the line-up … her serve and forehand are major weapons in her game … improved patience and fitness will help her rise to the top of the line-up. 2012-13 (Sophomore) – Piled up 21 doubles victories in the fall and spring, most on the team … settled with Kristina Labeja at No. 1 doubles in the spring and went 6-0 against OVC competition … split time between No. 4 and No. 5 singles … nearly pulled an upset at No. 58 Ohio State, but fell in a third set super tiebreaker in the No. 3 match … teamed up with Saioa Oscoz to win the Flight A doubles bracket at the Austin Peay Fall Invitational … also won the Flight B singles draw at the APSU Invite … earned a spot in the main draw of the ITA Fall Regionals thanks to winning two qualifying matches. 2011-12 (Freshman) – Advanced to the finals of two fall tournaments while winning the No. 5 bracket at the Ball State Invitational … won all three matches at Ball State in straight sets … posted an overall singles record of 7-2 in the fall … split time between No. 3 and No. 4 singles … only dropped one OVC singles match … rolled off eight straight singles victories in the middle of the year … teamed up with Kristina Labeja to go 7-2 at No. 1 doubles versus OVC competition. Off the Court – Reached as high as No. 65 in the Dutch national rankings … she enjoys reading and drawing in her spare time … used to take taekwando lessons.

Player Profile – Faouzi should be in the hunt for OVC Player of the Year honors again as a junior … plays a tough counterpunching game, but can also take the ball on the rise … a true competitor. 2012-13 (Sophomore) – Led the team with 19 dual victories, all at the No. 1 spot … did not drop a set in 10 OVC singles matches … tallied key non-conference win against Louisville, North Texas and Miami (Ohio) … in doubles, she teamed with Danielle Kinnen to go 6-2 at the No. 3 spot, including 4-0 versus league foes … captured the No. 1 singles title at the Austin Peay Fall Invitational … won all four matches in straight sets. 2011-12 (Freshman) – Captured the No. 2 bracket at the Ball State Fall Invitational … did not drop a game in the championship match … advanced to the round of 32 at the 2011 ITA Fall Regionals … lost to the 13th seed from Vanderbilt, Marie Casares, in three sets … went 8-1 in OVC singles action at the No. 1 position … won all eight of those matches in straight sets … ended Austin Peay’s Vanja Tomic’s 17-match winning streak with a 6-4, 6-2 win … split time at No. 3 doubles with Marcela Jimenez and Carmen Rodriguez … first ever EKU player to win OVC Freshman of the Year honors. Off the Court – Her hobbies include reading, working on the computer, listening to music and watching movies. The Faouzi File

The Gerritsen File

Name: Amandine Faouzi Born: Nov. 21, 1993 Parents: Alain and Patricia Faouzi Siblings: Manon (17), Léo (14), Major: Business Mathis (7)

Name: Melissa Gerritsen Born: Aug. 22, 1992 Parents: Ton and Tineke Gerritsen Siblings: None Major: Communications

Singles Overall Spring Doubles Overall Spring 2011-12 23-10 16-7 20-16 14-10 2012-13 25-9 19-6 12-8 10-5 Totals 48-19 35-13 32-24 24-15

Singles Overall Spring Doubles Overall Spring 2011-12 22-9 15-7 27-13 20-11 2012-13 19-10 12-6 21-8 16-5 Totals 41-19 27-13 48-21 36-16

EKUSports.com

6


COLONELS

Player Profiles

5-5 • Junior

5-8 • Junior

Marcela Jimenez

Kristina Labeja

Hometown: Ensenada, Mexico

Hometown: Riga, Latvia

Player Profile – Jimenez’s strengths include her court speed and forehand … she should be a factor in the starting rotation. 2012-13 (Sophomore) – Rotated the year between No. 5 and No. 6 singles … was in the line-up at No. 6 singles for the OVC and NCAA championships … took all seven of her conference singles matches in straight sets … picked up a three-set win at Miami (Ohio) on Feb. 2 … won the Flight D singles bracket at the Austin Peay Fall Invitational. 2011-12 (Freshman) – She joined the team in the spring … went 5-0 in OVC singles play mainly at the No. 6 position … clinched the OVC championship over UT Martin with a three-set win at No. 5 singles … teamed up with Amandine Faouzi to go 5-0 in OVC doubles at the No. 3 spot. Off the Court – Reached as high as No. 23 in Mexico’s 21-andunder division … her best ranking in Southern California’s 18-and-under division was No. 17 … also played basketball in middle school … in her spare time, she enjoys reading and taking pictures … her tennis goals are to help the team qualify for another NCAA tournament.

u 2013, 2012 All-OVC first team selection Player Profile – Labeja plays a very unique style of tennis that often frustrates the opposition … possesses uncanny anticipation … one of the better doubles players on the team … will compete for the top spot in the singles line-up. 2012-13 (Sophomore) – Piled up a team-high 26 singles victories spanning the fall and the spring … finished 19-4 in singles dual matches, mainly at the No. 2 spot … recorded key non-conference wins against Miami (Ohio), Louisville and Georgia State … teamed up with Melissa Gerritsen to go 10-3 at No. 1 doubles … won four straight matches to take the consolation bracket at the Muirfield Fall Invite … advanced to the round of 32 at the ITA Fall Regionals with a win over Memphis’ Kelly Gray. 2011-12 (Freshman) – Only dropped four games total on the way to winning the No. 6 bracket at the Ball State Fall Invitational … teamed up with Milena Poffo to win three matches and advance to the round of 16 at the 2011 ITA Fall Regionals … spent the spring playing No. 2 singles … was one of four Colonels to go undefeated in OVC singles play (8-0) … won the deciding match to give EKU a 4-3 win over Jacksonville on March 7 … led Eastern with an 18-4 dual singles record. Off the Court – Her hobbies include listening to music, watching movies and playing volleyball … she wants to help the team achieve the best record possible.

The Jimenez File

The Labeja File

Name: Marcela Jimenez-Ramos Born: Oct. 3, 1991 Parents: Marco Jimenez and Leticia Ramos Siblings: Marco (25), Major: Economics Alejandra (17)

Name: Kristina Labeja Parents: Igors Labejs and Alla Labeja Major: Marketing

Singles Overall Spring Doubles Overall Spring 2011-12 12-4 12-4 9-4 9-4 2012-13 15-8 12-4 4-5 2-2 Totals 27-12 24-8 13-9 11-6

Born: Aug. 29, 1992 Siblings: Irina (24), Alise (15)

Singles Overall Spring Doubles Overall Spring 2011-12 23-7 18-4 20-12 10-10 2012-13 26-7 19-4 16-12 12-8 Totals 49-14 37-8 36-24 22-18

7

EKUSports.com


eku

Player Profiles

5-7 • Junior

5-8 • Sophomore

Carmen Rodriguez

Danielle Kinnen

Hometown: Toledo, Spain

Hometown: Edinburgh, Scotland

Player Profile – Rodriguez will once again be in the hunt for a starting spot in the rotation this spring … she can control a match with her strong forehand. 2012-13 (Sophomore) – Won 10 of her 12 singles dual matches, mostly at the No. 6 position … did not drop a set in six OVC contests … saw limited time at No. 3 doubles … advanced to the finals of the Flight C bracket of the Austin Peay Fall Invitational. 2011-12 (Freshman) – Advanced to a pair of finals in two fall tournaments while winning the Singles G bracket at the Kentucky Invitational … she defeated Kansas’ Amy Barnthouse in a thirdset tie-breaker to claim that title … split time at No. 6 singles with Marcela Jimenez … finished 5-0 in OVC singles matches … also saw time at No. 3 doubles with Amandine Faouzi. Off the Court – In her free time, she enjoys shopping and going to the cinema … her tennis goals include helping the team win a third straight OVC title.

Player Profile – Kinnen hits the ball as well as anyone on the team … one of the better doubles players on the squad … will try to work her way into the singles line-up. 2012-13 (Freshman) – Joined the squad in the spring of 2013 … saw limited action in singles … teamed up with Amandine Faouzi to post a 6-2 record at No. 3 doubles, including 4-0 versus OVC competition. Off the Court – Has also participated in soccer, golf, swimming and field hockey … she hopes to go into broadcasting after graduation … in her spare time, she enjoys traveling and going to music festivals … her tennis goals include improving her indoor and hard court play.

The Rodriguez File

The Kinnen File

Name: Carmen Rodriguez Born: Dec. 23, 1992 Parents: Juan Manuel and M’Antonia Rodriguez Siblings: Gonzalo (21), Major: International Business Manuel (10)

Name: Danielle Kinnen Born: March 5, 1994 Parents: Hector Charles and Susan Kinnen Siblings: Sharon (43), Major: Journalism Steven (46)

Singles Overall Spring Doubles Overall Spring 2011-12 19-5 12-4 13-5 9-4 2012-13 14-5 10-2 8-6 4-2 Totals 33-10 22-6 21-11 13-6

Singles Overall Spring Doubles Overall Spring 2012-13 3-0 3-0 8-2 8-2 Totals 3-0 3-0 8-2 8-2

EKUSports.com

8


COLONELS

Player Profiles

5-8 • 155 • Senior

6-1 • 183 • Junior

Joao Maio

Juanjo de la Llera

Hometown: Porto, Portugal

Hometown: Barcelona, Spain

Player Profile – Maio is one of the true leaders on the team … should be a factor in the middle of the line-up as a senior. 2012-13 (Junior) – Led the squad with 15 dual singles victories, mainly at the No. 5 position … one of just two Colonels to go undefeated in OVC singles action … put together a nine-match winning streak towards the end of the season … won the deciding match versus Morehead State in the OVC tournament, which came down to a third set tie-breaker … split time between No. 2 and No. 3 doubles … posted a 5-9 dual doubles record. 2011-12 (Sophomore) – Won the Volunteer singles bracket at the 2011 Tennessee Fall Invitational … captured the title with a 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 decision over Davidson’s Kevin Moore … rallied from one set down to defeat Jacksonville’s Matt Hansen and clinch a 4-3 team win on March 7 … finished 5-1 in OVC singles play, mainly at No. 5 singles. 2010-11 (Freshman) – Joined the EKU team in the spring of 2011 … finished 8-2 in dual singles matches, mainly at No. 6 singles … rallied for a three-set win at Stetson over spring break trip. Off the Court – Serving on EKU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in 2013-14 … climbed all the way to No. 2 in the Portugal junior rankings and No. 23 in the senior rankings … he is focused on improvement in all aspects of his tennis game … wants to help the Colonels reach another NCAA tournament … also participated in judo in high school … earned six ATP doubles points … in his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends and playing soccer.

u 2013 All-OVC second team selection Player Profile – de la Llera has a strong serve and plays very aggressive tennis … one of the top doubles players on the team … should be a consistent contributor in singles as well. 2012-13 (Sophomore) – Finished his first season on the squad at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles … led the team with 11 dual doubles victories … went 6-3 in OVC singles competition … all six victories were in straight sets … was victorious in both singles and doubles versus Morehead State in the OVC tournament. 2011-12 (Freshman) – Played at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. … named the Mid-South Conference Player of the Year. Off the Court – Enjoys playing soccer and padel in his spare time … hopes to get into the sports business world after graduation … on the court, he wants to maximize his potential to the highest level at EKU.

The de la Llera File Name: Juanjo de la Llera Parents: Juanjo de la Llera and Marta Morella Major: Business

The Maio File Name: Joao Maio Parents: Joao and Marganida Maio Major: Economics

Born: Nov. 2, 1991 Siblings: Maria (3)

Born: July 12, 1992 Siblings: Marta (19)

Singles Overall Spring Doubles Overall Spring 2012-13 14-17 11-12 13-14 11-11 Totals 14-17 11-12 13-14 11-11

Singles Overall Spring Doubles Overall Spring 2010-11 8-3 8-2 2-1 2-1 2011-12 13-16 9-10 2-4 1-1 2012-13 16-12 15-5 6-13 5-9 Totals 37-31 32-17 10-18 8-11

9

EKUSports.com


eku

Player Profiles

6-2 • 180 • Junior

5-10 • 152 • Sophomore

Daridge Saidi

Alex Alvaro

Hometown: Aubervilliers, France

Hometown: Madrid, Spain

Player Profile – Saidi will be a top player again for the Colonels as a junior … has lots of competitive experience from playing in France … should compete for All-OVC honors this year. 2012-13 (Sophomore) – Stepped into the No. 1 singles position in his first year on the squad … went 5-4 against OVC foes in singles … picked up a three-set win versus Wright State on Feb. 8 to seal the team victory … also recorded three-set wins against Belmont and Tennessee State. Off the Court – Also has participated in cross country running, basketball and soccer … his hobbies include listening to music, hanging out with friends, playing soccer and watching TV … he hopes to help the Colonels win the OVC team championship this year … after graduation, he would like to become a tennis coach.

u 2013 OVC Freshman of the Year u 2013 All-OVC second team selection Player Profile – Alvaro has a wealth of talent and potential … his hand-eye coordination, ball striking ability and court coverage are all above average … has court smarts. 2012-13 (Freshman) – Became just the second EKU player ever to win the OVC Freshman of the Year award … ended the season on a five-match winning streak at No. 3 singles … finished second on the team with 13 dual singles victories … posted a 9-2 record at the No. 3 spot … won both of his OVC tournament singles matches. Off the Court – Has climbed up to No. 438 in the Spanish national rankings … won a few junior tournaments … also played soccer and basketball … in his spare time, he enjoys going to the beach and hanging out with friends.

The Saidi File Name: Daridge Saidi Parents: Khoudir Saidi and Anna Lopez Major: Business management

The Alvaro File Born: Dec. 2, 1991 Siblings: Ceidgie (20)

Name: Alejandro Alvaro Parents: Tomás and Pilar Álvaro Major: Business administration

Singles Overall Spring Doubles Overall Spring 2012-13 10-15 10-15 3-14 3-14 Totals 10-15 10-15 3-14 3-14

EKUSports.com

Born: June 17, 1994 Siblings: Maria (21)

Singles Overall Spring Doubles Overall Spring 2012-13 13-9 13-9 5-13 5-13 Totals 13-9 13-9 5-13 5-13

10


COLONELS

Player Profiles

5-10 • 139 • Sophomore

5-10 • 140 • Freshman

Florian Graskamp

Diego Asis

Hometown: Geseke, Germany

Hometown: Madrid, Spain

Player Profile – Graskamp is a rock solid baseline competitor who doesn’t make many unforced errors … another strength is his return of serve … adds quality depth to the line-up. 2012-13 (Freshman) – Spent most of the season at No. 6 singles … won all six of his OVC singles matches in straight sets … ended the year winning eight of his last nine singles contests … saw limited time at No. 3 doubles as well … picked up a couple of wins to advance to the quarters of the Louisville Fall Invite Flight ‘B’ bracket. Off the Court – Enjoys playing soccer, watching movies and hanging out with friends … reached No. 135 in the German junior rankings … his tennis goals include winning a conference team title.

Player Profile – Asis is an all-court player who is comfortable at the net … expected to be a major contributor in doubles … has natural net instincts … very mature player for a freshman. Off the Court – Also plays soccer and golf … enjoys hanging out with friends in his spare time … reached the under-18 regional tennis team championship match … following college, he hopes to work at a big computer company.

The Graskamp File Name: Florian Graskamp Parents: Ulrich and Ulrike Graskamp Major: International business

The Asis File Born: April 19, 1993 Siblings: Carina (18)

Name: Diego Asis Ruiz Parents: Daniel Asis and Laura Ruiz Major: Computer science

Born: Jan. 18, 1995 Siblings: Gonzalo (21)

Singles Overall Spring Doubles Overall Spring 2012-13 17-10 13-5 3-10 2-6 Totals 17-10 13-5 3-10 2-6

11

EKUSports.com


eku

Player Profiles

5-9 • 165 • Freshman

5-8 • 140 • Freshman

Danny Butcher

Alberto Tintoré

Hometown: Williamsburg, Ky.

Hometown: Barcelona, Spain

Player Profile – Battling injuries heading into the spring and may not play until late in the season. Off the Court – Enjoys fishing and hanging out with friends … also played basketball in high school … won three regional tennis titles (one doubles, two singles) at Whitley County High … reached the state tournament quarterfinals … he wants to help the Colonels qualify for another NCAA tournament … his dad, Don Butcher, is the head men’s basketball coach at the University of the Cumberlands … his grandfather, Donnie Butcher, played basketball for five years in the NBA and coached the Detroit Pistons for a year (1967-68).

Player Profile – Tintoré is a classic clay-court player … his greatest strength is his speed and court coverage … can grind all day from his forehand side. Off the Court – Earned a spot in the Spanish national rankings … hobbies include soccer, going to the movies and hanging out … he hopes to work for the FBI some day … his tennis goals this year include earning a spot in the starting line-up.

The Butcher File Name: Daniel Raymond Butcher Parents: Don and Bonnie Butcher Major: Undeclared

EKUSports.com

The Tintoré File Born: Sept. 14, 1993 Siblings: Don (21)

Name: Alberto Tintoré Gonzalez Born: Jan. 15, 1995 Parents: Alberto Tintoré Belil and Maria Dellluch Gonzalez Siblings: None Major: Criminal justice

12


COLONELS

2013 Results / Ohio Valley Conference

2013 Women’s Tennis Results

Ohio Valley Conference Now in its 66th year, the Ohio Valley Conference continues to build on the success that has made it the nation’s eighth-oldest NCAA Division I conference. In May 2011 the Conference expanded for the second time in four years, adding Belmont University which began competition in the 2012-13 academic year. The addition of Belmont gave the OVC 12 members, the most the league has had at one time in its illustrious history. The move added a second team in the city of Nashville and was the first addition to the league since Southern Illinois University Edwardsville joined in 2008. Subsequently, the league has shown its stability over the past decade, seeing only one member institution depart over the past 13 years. The 2009-10 school year saw a change in leadership as Beth DeBauche was named the seventh full-time Commissioner in league history on July 28, 2009. She is currently one of just six females to be the head of a Division I conference, and one of just nine to lead a Division I conference all-time. The OVC’s proud history dates back to 1948, but seeds for the new league were actually planted in 1941. It was then that Roy Stewart, the athletics director at Murray State, Charles “Turkey” Hughes, the athletics director at Eastern Kentucky, and Kelly Thompson, the public relations director at Western Kentucky, first broached the idea of forming a new conference. Discussions were put on hold by World War II, but reemerged Feb. 27-28, 1948 at the Kentucky Hotel in Louisville as the three original institutions combined with Morehead State, Louisville and Evansville to form the OVC. The Ohio Valley Conference sponsors the following sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis and track for men, and basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and volleyball for women. In addition, the OVC also sponsors the combined men’s and women’s sport of rifle.

19-7 Overall, 10-0 OVC (1st) Date Opponent Jan. 19 Eastern Michigan Jan. 19 Univ. of the Cumberlands Jan. 25 Xavier Jan. 29 at #58 Ohio State Feb. 2 at Miami (Ohio) Feb. 10 Butler Feb. 14 Louisville Feb. 23 at #58 Georgia State Feb. 26 at #63 Kentucky Mar. 1 Lindsey Wilson Mar. 10 vs. UAH1 Mar. 12 vs. Troy2 Mar. 16 at Austin Peay* Mar. 17 at Murray State* Mar. 23 Belmont* Mar. 24 Tennessee State* Mar. 29 Jacksonville State* Mar. 30 North Texas Apr. 4 at Morehead State* Apr. 6 Southeast Missouri* Apr. 7 UT Martin* Apr. 13 at Eastern Illinois* Apr. 14 at SIUE* Apr. 20 vs. Eastern Illinois3 Apr. 21 vs. Jacksonville State3 May 10 at #13 Clemson4

Result 6- 1 W 7- 0 W 3- 4 L 0- 7 L 5- 2 W 7- 0 W 4- 2 W 2- 4 L 0- 4 L 7- 0 W 7- 0 W 1- 4 L 7- 0 W 4- 1 W 7- 0 W 4- 0 W 7- 0 W 2- 5 L 7- 0 W 7- 0 W 7- 0 W 7- 0 W 7- 0 W 4- 0 W 4- 0 W 0- 5 L

at Birmingham, Ala. ~ 2at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. ~ 3OVC tournament at Paducah, Ky. NCAA tournament at Clemson, S.C. Boldface denotes a home match ~ Asterisk (*) denotes OVC match 1 3

2013 Men’s Tennis Results 13-13 Overall, 7-2 OVC (3rd) Date Opponent Jan. 21 at #19 Tennessee Jan. 26 at Butler Feb. 1 Xavier Feb. 2 Univ. of the Cumberlands Feb. 2 UAH Feb. 8 Wright State Feb. 9 at #32 Indiana Feb. 12 at #7 Kentucky Feb. 15 at #35 Louisville Feb. 21 Lindsey Wilson Feb. 23 Pikeville Mar. 2 at Liberty Mar. 3 vs. Radford1 Mar. 10 at #59 Samford Mar. 12 vs. Troy2 Mar. 16 at Austin Peay* Mar. 17 at Murray State* Mar. 23 Belmont* Mar. 24 Tennessee State* Mar. 29 Jacksonville State* Mar. 30 Tennessee Tech* Apr. 4 at Morehead State* Apr. 13 at Eastern Illinois* Apr. 14 at SIUE* Apr. 19 vs. Morehead State3 Apr. 20 vs. Austin Peay3

Result 0- 4 L 3- 4 L 0- 7 L 7- 0 W 7- 0 W 6- 1 W 0- 7 L 0- 7 L 0- 4 L 5- 2 W 7- 0 W 1- 6 L 1- 4 L 0- 7 L 3- 4 L 2- 5 L 4- 0 W 5- 1 W 4- 0 W 5- 2 W 3- 4 L 5- 2 W 6- 1 W 5- 2 W 4- 3 W 2- 4 L

OVC All-Time Member List University of Akron Austin Peay State University Belmont University East Tennessee State University Eastern Illinois University Eastern Kentucky University University of Evansville Jacksonville State University University of Louisville Marshall University Middle Tennessee State University Morehead State University Murray State University Samford University Southeast Missouri State University Southern Illinois Univ. Edwardsville University of Tennessee at Martin Tennessee State University Tennessee Technological University Western Kentucky University Youngstown State University

1978-87 1962-present 2011-present 1957-78 1996-present 1948-present 1948-52 2003-present 1948-49 1948-52 1952-00 1948-present 1948-present 2003-08 1991-present 2008-present 1992-present 1986-present 1949-present 1948-82 1981-88

at Blacksburg, Va. ~ 2at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. OVC tournament at Paducah, Ky. Boldface denotes a home match ~ Asterisk (*) denotes OVC match 1 3

13

EKUSports.com


eku

The University

Eastern Kentucky University is a regional, coeducational, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, Eastern has a distinguished record of more than a century of educational service to the Commonwealth. History – The Kentucky General Assembly of 1906 enacted legislation establishing the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. Governor J.C. Beckham signed the bill into law on March 21, 1906. On May 7 of that year, the Normal School Commission, meeting in Louisville, selected the campus of the old Central University, founded in 1874 in Richmond, as the site of the new school. On June 2, 1906, Ruric Nevel Roark was chosen President of the Normal School and the training of teachers was begun. In 1922, Eastern became a four-year institution known as the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College. The first degrees were awarded by this institution in 1925. In 1928, the College was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In 1930, the General Assembly renamed the school the Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College. In 1935, a graduate program was approved at Eastern, leading to the Master of Arts degree in Education. In 1948, the General Assembly removed the word “Teachers” from the name of the college and granted the college the right to award nonprofessional degrees. The most significant day since its founding came for Eastern on February 26, 1966, when Governor Edward T. Breathitt signed into law a bill renaming the institution Eastern Kentucky University and sanctioning the awarding of graduate degrees in academic fields other than education. During this period of time, Eastern Kentucky University has increased rapidly in size and stature. Beginning with a few students engaged in short review and certificate courses, the University today serves thousands of Kentuckians. The curriculum leads to associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, and an expanding graduate program that currently offers degrees at the master’s level in many other fields as well as the already well-established Master of Arts degree in Education and the various fifth- and sixth-year leadership programs in education, psychology, and technology. In addition to these programs, Eastern offers joint doctoral programs with cooperating institutions. Purpose – Within its statutory responsibilities, Eastern Kentucky University seeks to provide intellectual and cultural opportunities that will develop habits of scholarship and intellectual curiosity, provide a deep understanding of American democracy and the citizen’s role in maintaining its strength and vitality, impart an understanding of humans and their aspirations, enable effective and efficient communication, and prepare productive and responsible citizens. The University will remain responsive and flexible in order to serve in unique and needed ways. Within these general responsibilities and purposes, the University is dedicated to three specific functions – high-quality instruction, scholarship, and service, and places emphasis on the three in that order. Through its colleges and schools, the University seeks to offer quality instruction at a variety of degree levels in general education, the arts, the sciences, business, education, pre-professional and professional areas, and applied and technical disciplines. Through consultative services, continuing education, and the extended campus, the University seeks to provide service to the community and the region. Research seeks both to advance knowledge in the subject matter areas with which the University is concerned and to support the primary function of teaching.

EKUSports.com

14


COLONELS

City of Richmond Richmond is home to many interesting and convenient activities. Whether it’s arts and entertainment, recreation, or shopping and dining out you are looking for, Richmond has it all. With more than 100 buildings in Richmond on the National Register of Historic Places and three areas on the National Register of Historic Districts, it is one of Kentucky’s finest restored 19th Century commercial districts. Arts and entertainment take center-stage with the EKU Center for the Arts. Its grand opening in 2011-12 featured such acts as Wynonna Judd, Peter Frampton, Jerry Seinfeld, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. With 2,100 seats, the theater is the largest performing arts venue in Central Kentucky — larger than Lexington’s Singletary Center for the Arts at the University of Kentucky and Danville’s Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College. There is never any lack of recreational activities in Richmond. An array of parks and recreational centers across the city offers something for everyone. Lake Reba Recreational Complex includes golf, little league baseball and softball fields, soccer, fishing and a water park which opened in the summer of 2008. If it’s shopping you want, downtown Richmond can accommodate you. Locally owned businesses line the historic streets of downtown Richmond with everything from fine antiquities to exquisite jewelry. There is a wide variety of stores at the brand new Richmond Centre as well. The outdoor mall offers shoppers convenience and style. Dining isn’t hard to find either. Family-owned and major chain restaurants give Richmond a unique variety of menus. Local hot spots include Madison Gardens, which is uniquely Richmond, to restaurants such as Olive Garden, Logan’s Roadhouse, O’Charley’s and Outback Steakhouse. Whatever your pallet craves, Richmond dining offers a variety of tastes made to satisfy. Never far from mainstream, Richmond offers the comforts of simplicity with the convenience of the city. Only 29 miles from Lexington and the Bluegrass Airport, Richmond is easily accessible to all travelers. Interstate 75 is a major artery of both state and national motor transportation. Richmond’s location on I-75 makes it an important factor in making the city a commercial hub. In fact, the ease of travel to and from Richmond makes the city an ideal spot for those who enjoy outdoor activities. Fort Boonesborough State Park is located only 12 miles from EKU’s campus, while Natural Bridge State Park (63 miles) and Cumberland Falls State Park (100 miles) are located nearby. Also within easy driving distance of Richmond are the Kentucky Horse Park, the state capital in Frankfort, Herrington Lake, My Old Kentucky Home at Bardstown, White Hall State Shrine and thoroughbred horse racing at Keeneland.

A Brief Richmond History Richmond was founded in 1798 by Colonel John Miller, a Revolutionary War soldier. In 1798, the Kentucky Legislature authorized the moving of the Madison County seat from nearby Milford to land owned by Colonel Miller. The move was bitterly opposed by about 300 residents of the Milford area and a fight to retain the seat resulted between Dave Kennedy, who represented the Milford location, and William Kearly, who represented the new site. Although history does not record the results of the brawl, the county approved the move in March of 1798 and two acres of land were purchased from Colonel Miller. Court was held in his barn. On July 4, 1798, the site was officially named Richmond in honor of Miller’s birthplace, Richmond, Va.

15

EKUSports.com


eku

Colonel Honors

Men’s Tennis Ohio Valley Conference Championships 1951, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

OVC Player of the Year 1975 – Joe Shaheen 2010 – Alex Das 2011 – Alex Das

All-Conference Players

1963 – Sam Nutty/Lewie Heil (doubles) 1966 – Lindy Riggins (singles) 1967 – Mike Jeffries/Tom Davis (doubles) 1968 – Tom Davis (singles) 1975 – Joe Shaheen (singles) 1983 – David Ghanayem (singles), David Ghanayem/Todd Clements (doubles) 1998 – Jamey Sellars 2003 – John Kellert 2006 – Lars Gratzki 2007 – Florian Kiefer, Lars Gratzki 2008 – Alex Das, Mel Segota 2009 – Alex Das 2010 – Alex Das, Hugo Klientovsky, Carles Pons, Niklas Schroeder 2011 – Alex Das, Philip Janz, Hugo Klientovsky, Niklas Shroeder 2012 – Hugo Klientovsky, Niklas Schroeder, Parul Verma 2013 – Alex Alvaro, Juanjo de la Llera

Alex Das

Women’s Tennis Ohio Valley Conference Championships 2009, 2012, 2013

OVC Player of the Year

1980 – Deanna Addis 1988 – Nikki Wagstaff 1989 – Nikki Wagstaff 2006 – Meredith Giles 2009 – Alexandra Sitnikova 2011 – Jessica Albuquerque 2013 – Amandine Faouzi

OVC Freshman of the Year 2008 – Alex Das 2013 – Alex Alvaro

All-Conference Players

1979 – Mandy Jackson (singles) Nikki Wagstaff 1980 – Deanna Addis (singles) 1983 – Susan Wilson (singles) 1984 – Claudia Porras (singles), Kristi Spangenberg (singles) 1987 – Tina Peruzzi (singles) 1988 – Nikki Wagstaff (singles), Pam Wise (singles) 1989 – Nikki Wagstaff (singles) 1990 – Yael Soresman (singles), Samantha Roll (singles), Tina Peruzzi/Samantha Roll (doubles) 1992 – Amy Scott (singles) 2003 – Lindsay Herrera 2005 – Lindsay Herrera, Meredith Giles 2006 – Meredith Giles 2007 – Svetlana Pimenova, Lucia Vojtkova 2008 – Svetlana Pimenova, Alexandra Sitnikova 2009 – Myriem Mhirit, Svetlana Pimenova, Alexandra Sitnikova 2010 – Myriem Mhirit 2011 – Jessica Albuquerque, Anouk Faure, Myriem Mhirit 2012 – Amandine Faouzi, Melissa Gerritsen, Kristina Labeja, Milena Poffo 2013 – Amandine Faouzi, Kristina Labeja, Saioa Oscoz

OVC Sportsmanship Award 2002 – Alvin Cheng

OVC Coach of the Year 1966 – Jack Adams 2007 – Rob Oertel 2009 – Rob Oertel 2010 – Rob Oertel 2011 – Rob Oertel

Alvin Cheng

OVC Freshman of the Year

2012 – Amandine Faouzi

OVC Coach of the Year Alexandra Sitnikova

EKUSports.com

Hugo Klientovsky

1992 – Sandy Martin 2012 – Rob Oertel 2013 – Rob Oertel

Myriem Mhirit

16


2013-14 Eastern Kentucky University Tennis Guide  

The guide for everything you need to know on EKU tennis in 2013-14.

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you