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WELCOME A Message from the Coach Welcome to JMU Women’s tennis! It has been my privilege to be the head coach of the JMU Dukes for the past 34 years. My longevity is a testament to the wonderful administration and student-athletes with whom I have had the pleasure to work. Our program has been improving immensely and this year we become a fully funded program. Our 2010 freshman class is ranked 17th nationally amongst all mid-major universities. We expect JMU to become a dominant force in the CAA as well as the NCAA Eastern Region through the hard work and commitment of both players and staff. At JMU we are seeking prospective players who have their best years of tennis ahead of them. Our state of the art Athletic Performance Center, and an atmosphere of learning both on and off the court, combined with a competitive Division I schedule, will allow players to achieve their desired goals. This is our tradition and we hope to continue attracting the fine caliber of student-athlete as we have in the past. It would be my pleasure to speak to you at any time about our women’s program and how you may become a JMU Duke. Until that time I remain, Sincerely yours,

Maria Malerba

2010-11 Schedule September

19 California University (Pa.) 24-27 at Radford Invitational


1-3 at Virginia Tech Invitational 8-10 at ODU Invitational 22-25 at ITA Regionals


28-29 at Round Robin at Greenbrier Resort (West Virginia, Appalachian State)


5 at VCU* 6 at Old Dominion* 19 at Georgetown


7 vs. Campbell (Jacksonville, Fla.) 9 TBA (Jacksonville, Fla.) 11 vs. Penn (Jacksonville, Fla.) 15 Howard 18 Norfolk State 19 Fordham 25 at George Washington 26 at Longwood 30 Liberty


1 vs. UNC Wilmington* (at ODU) 2 vs. Delaware* (at ODU) 5 Richmond 15 at Radford 21-24 at CAA Championship Home matches in bold * denotes CAA match

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2010-11 Women’s Tennis Team (top l to r): Ida Donner, Katherine Bulling, Megan Douglass, Leah DeMasters; (bottom l to r): Kinsey Pate, Jacqueline Palmucci, Ruxandra Andriescu, Michelle Nguyen, Kristin Nimitz

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athletes Ida Donner

Kristin Nimitz Senior Durham, N.C./Jordan • Will continue to positively impact team dynamics. • 2010-11 team captain and SAAC Vice President. • Mentally tough. • Business major who enjoys reading and art. • Everybody’s best friend.

Senior Richmond, Va./Deep Run • Returning singles and doubles player. • ITA Scholar-Athlete in 2009. • Game style can be described as tenacious. • Marketing major who enjoys being outdoors. • Want to know what’s on the dining hall menu? Call Kristin.

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athletes Leah DeMasters

Kinsey Pate

Junior Lititz, Pa./Maheim Township

Junior Matthews, N.C./ Butler

• Back in action after shoulder surgery.

• Returning singles and doubles player.

• 2010-11 team captain and SAAC Secretary.

• Third Team All-CAA as a sophomore.

• Third Team All-CAA doubles in 2008.

• Team’s MVP and Coaches Award as a sophomore.

• Team’s MVP in 2008. • Best singles record on the team in 2008. • Media arts and design major. • Is always on a mission.

• Mentally tough, neversay-die attitude on the court. • Game is bigger than it looks. • Always has a story.

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athletes Katherine Bulling Sophomore Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy • Returning top singles and doubles player. • Second Team All-CAA sophomore. • Exceptional on court demeanor. • Strong work ethic. • ITA Scholar Athlete as a freshman. • Double major in history and English. • Unflappable.

Megan Douglass Sophomore Wilton, Conn./St. Luke’s School • Most improved player. • Determined and relentless on the court. • Very coachable. • Exercise science major. • Gives a new meaning to the word empathetic.

Michelle Nguyen Sophomore Springfield, Va./South County • Returning singles and doubles player. • Good athlete with hands off both sides. • Wicked lefty serve. • Sports management major. • Unique game style fits her one-of-akind personality.

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athletes Ruxandra Andriescu

Jacqueline Palmucci

Freshman Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton • Ranked as high as No. 1 in Ontario and No. 4 in Canada in singles. • International Tennis Federation doubles champion and singles quarterfinalist in 2009. • Under-14 Provincial singles champion and two-time doubles runner-up. • Under-16 National singles semifinalist and doubles semifinalist. • Biology major who enjoys working out, reading, dancing and traveling.

The JMU women’s tennis team tailgating before the 2010 football opener wearing the infamous tutus.

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Freshman Aurora, Colo./ Cherokee Trail • Ranked top 100 nationally and Four Star Tennis Recruit in juniors. • All-State as a senior. • Team’s MVP as a junior and senior. • Independent School League state singles champion as a sophomore at Flint Hill (Va.). • Fighter on the court.

coaching staff Maria Malerba Head Coach

• 35th year at JMU • Needs just nine wins to reach the 400-win plateau. • United States Tennis Association 1997 and 2003 Virginia Coach of the Year. • 1989-90 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year. • Coached three NCAA national qualifiers (1986, 1987, and 2000). • Team recognized as ITA All-Academic in 1997, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’03, ’04, ’05 and ’06. • Coached 25 ITA Scholar Athletes. • Received bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from William & Mary. • Earned master’s degree in kinesiology from James Madison.

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coaching staff Courtney Klein Assistant Coach

• Third season as an assistant at JMU. • Former women’s assistant coach at the University of Richmond. • Former assistant head tennis professional at the Park Country Club in Williamsville, N.Y. • Served as a tennis instructor at the Country Club of Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y., and the Village Glen Tennis & Fitness Center in Williamsville, N.Y. • Three-time NCAA team qualifier at the University of Richmond. • Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in Spanish from Richmond in 2005. • Received her master’s degree in exercise science with a concentration in Nutrition & Physical Activity from JMU in 2010.

Alyssa Brandalik Student Assistant Coach

• Joins the JMU coaching staff after playing two years for Coach Malerba. • Senior majoring in sports management. • Tennis instructor at Five Seasons Sports Club in Covington, Ky. • Loves to organize.

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Barrett Donner • 2008 ITA Scholar Athlete

Chris Gillies • 1987 & 1988 CAA Player of the Year • NCAA Qualifier • CAA 25th Anniversary Team

Ashley Reyher • 2006 JMU Female ScholarAthlete of the Year • 2002-03 ITA Scholar Athlete

Kelly Maxwell • 2010 ITA Scholar Athlete

Lauren Graham • 2007 Finalist JMU ScholarAthlete of the Year • Two-time ITA Scholar Athlete (2006 and 2007)

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Kristin Nordstrom • 2005-06 ITA Scholar Athlete

Terry Gaskil • NCAA Qualifier

Team received ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award (April 2010)

Rebecca Vanderelst • Three-time ITA Scholar Athlete (2003-05) • 2004 and 2005 Finalist, JMU Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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Sarah Granson • 1999-2000 and 2000-01 ITA Scholar Athlete

caa Leah DeMasters & Rebecca Erickson • 2009 Third Team AllCAA doubles

Katherine Bulling

Tory Schroeder

• 2010 ITA Scholar Athlete • 2010 Second Team All-CAA singles

• 1994 CAA Rookie of the Year • 1997 All-CAA Team, Singles and Doubles • ITA National Arthur Ashe Winner • Eastern Region Sportsmanship Winner

Kristin Nimitz • 2010 ITA Scholar Athlete • 2008 Third Team All-CAA doubles

Kinsey Pate • 2010 Third Team All-CAA singles

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caa Maria Malerba • 1990 CAA Coach of the Year

Lauren Dalton • 2001 Second Team All-CAA singles • 2001 Second Team All-CAA doubles • 1999, 2000 First Team All-CAA doubles

The CAA extends from Boston in the north to Atlanta in the south.

Sheri Puppo • 2000, 2001 Second Team All-CAA singles • 2001 Second Team AllCAA doubles • 1998, 1999 First Team All-CAA singles • 1999, 2000 First Team All-CAA doubles

Margie Zesinger • 2002, 03, 04 Second Team All-CAA

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this is jmu JMU’s beautiful campus includes 111 major buildings on 712 acres. The original campus is built around the Quadrangle, where buildings are constructed of native blue limestone and have ivy coverings. The University’s 18,400 students may choose from 108 degree programs in seven colleges -- College of Arts and Letters, College of Business, College of Education, College of Integrated Science and Technology, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Graduate School. JMU’s academic program combines the liberal arts tradition with preparation for technology in a rapidly changing world. All students receive a strong foundation of knowledge through a rigorous general education program. • Female/Male Ratio: 61/39 • Student/Professor Ratio: 16/1 • Average Class Size: 29

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this is jmu • U.S. News & World Report in its 2010 America’s Best Colleges guidebook ranked JMU first in the South among public universities for the 16th straight year. • JMU is Virginia’s most-popular college or university, drawing applications from the greatest percentage of the state’s graduating high school seniors. • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in 2010 ranked JMU 21st nationally on its list of 100 best values in public colleges -- schools that offer a first-class education at a reasonable price. • Yahoo! Internet Life included JMU on its 2001 listing of “The Nation’s 100 Most Wired Universities,” listing JMU 53rd among larger institutions. • JMU was included in the 2002 edition of The Unofficial, Unbiased, Insider’s Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges with one author saying “JMU is almost too perfect to be believed.” • JMU has been described as “one of the best managed, most dynamic public universities in the nation” in The Guide to 101 of the Best Values in America’s Colleges and Universities. • BusinessWeek magazine in 2010 ranked JMU’s College of Business 12th nationally among business schools at public universities and 41st among all universities. • JMU is among schools “that prove activism and community service are alive and well on campus,” says Mother Jones Magazine. • JMU’s exemplary programs for first-year students are “cornerstones of the University’s strong commitment to student learning and success,” says The Temple Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development. • JMU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 50 “Best Value” public universities in the 2010 Princeton Review “Best Value Colleges.” The list recognizes schools that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable price.”

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harrisonburg, va. A Great College Town Harrisonburg is convenient to the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C., and Richmond while providing JMU students the comforts of the picturesque setting of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The city offers something for everyone. From downtown shopping and restaurants, to nearby national parks and forests, it provides JMU students the opportunity to sample many aspects of life. Harrisonburg offers a learning environment that is very unique in today’s hightech, educational world.

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plecker center Robert & Frances Plecker Athletic Performance Center • A $10 million state-of-the-art athletic support facility • 7,000-square foot strength and conditioning center with flatscreen televisions for individual instruction • 5,000-square foot sports medicine facility • JMU’s athletic hall of fame

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academic History advising • Located in the Plecker Athletic Performance Center • Computer lab with more than 30 work stations • Tutoring and small group meeting facilities • Student-athlete lounge

Casey Carter Associate Athletics Director for StudentAthlete Services James Madison ‘70

Alise Svihla Team Academic Advisor Virginia Tech ‘05

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strength &conditioning History • Developing athleticism and sports performance • Seven training facilities encompassing more than 17,000 square feet • Staff includes five full time professionals with certifications as strength and conditioning specialists

Lee Rowland Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Iowa State ‘05

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sports History medicine • Multi-skilled professionals use current research, educational knowledge, and state-of-the-art equipment and technology to provide a comprehensive and progressive approach to assure the holistic well-being of student-athletes • Staff includes 20 boardcertified and licensed athletic trainers • Team physicians include Dr. Kent Diduch (boardcertified in family practice physician) and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Miller, a nationally renowned fellowship-trained orthopedist from the University of Virginia

Brittany Vorndran Team Athletic Trainer

• Local chiropractors, physical therapists, sport psychologists, nutritionists, and orthotists are available to assist in the health care needs of student-athletes

Tom Kuster, ATC Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine James Madison ‘95

Dr. Kent Diduch Team Physician

Dr. Mark Miller Team Orthopedic Surgeon

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sport psychology • The Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) is committed to addressing the unique challenges that face student-athletes at JMU. • The CSDC provides a supportive environment to empower studentathletes to achieve personal, academic and athletic goals in the context of individual and/or group counseling. • Staff includes two full-time professionals with doctorates specifically tailored towards Sports Psychology.

Dr. Robert Harmison Director

Dr. Challace McMillin

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tennis information Office Location: Godwin Hall 318 Telephone: (540) 568-6527 Fax: (540) 568-3901 E-mail: Mailing Address: Women’s Tennis 261 Bluestone Drive MSC 2301 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA 22807 Head Coach Maria Malerba, William and Mary ‘76 James Madison, MS ‘78 E-mail: Telephone: (540) 568-6527 Assistant Coach Courtney Klein, Richmond ‘05 James Madison, MS ‘10 E-mail: Telephone: (540) 568-6527 Administrative Assistant Cassidy Merica: (540) 568-6692 Athletics Communications Chris Brooks E-mail: Telephone: (540) 568-3701

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Template Design: Grant Hawkins Design, McKinney, Texas Design: Teresa Craig Photography: Cathy Kushner, Diane Elliott, Melinda Westhoff, Tommy Thompson, Virginia Convention and Vistors Bureau and others

Who’s Who in JMU Athletics

Jeff Bourne

Geoff Polglase

Casey Carter

Athletics Director

Deputy Athletics Director

Associate AD, Student Athlete Services

Shelia Moorman Associate AD, Senior Woman Administrator

Kevin White Associate AD, Sports Programs

David Biancamano

Mike Carpenter

Assistant AD, Athletic Development

Assistant AD, Ticketing & Customer Relations

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Tom Kuster

John Martin

Assistant AD, Sports Medicine

Assistant AD, Athletics Communications

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