2009-10 UCF Wom menn’s Tennniss Matcch Pooinnt Cluub UCF’s Match Point Club is the oﬃcial fund raising and support group for the women’s tennis program. Donations help go towards travel, equipment and recruiting, and they have a direct impact on the lives of UCF’s student-athletes. There are also several other benefits for joining one of five levels of the club. For more information, contact the Golden Knights Club at (407) 882-2270. UCF would like to thank the following members for their special contributions: David McNicol Jill Mickle Keith & Terri Tribble Graham L. Wilson Jaime Quick
Table of Connteents
Quick Facts 1 2009-10 Season Preview 2 Head Coach Stephanie Nickitas 3 Assistant Coach Tony Giannoni 4 2009-10 Roster 4 Returning Knights 5-10 Newcomers 11 Academic Excellence 12 The Opportunity of a Lifetime 13-14 Campus Life 15 Dr. John C. Hitt, President 16 Keith R. Tribble, Director of Athletics 17 Living on Campus 18-19 Athletics Facilities 20 Strength & Conditioning/Sports Medicine 21 Welcome to Orlando 22 Orlando Sporting Options 23 Conference USA 24
General Information Location Founded Enrollment Colors Nickname Aﬃliation Conference President Director of Athletics NCAA Faculty Rep.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Orlando, Fla. 1963 53,537 Black & Gold Knights NCAA Division I Conference USA Dr. John C. Hitt Keith R. Tribble Dr. Consuelo Stebbins
Team Information Head Coach Stephanie Nickitas Alma Mater, Year Florida, 1999 Nickitas Oﬃce Phone (407) 823-6563 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Record at UCF 24-19 (Third Year) Career Coaching Record Same Assistant Coach Tony Giannoni Alma Mater, Year Florida, 2005 Giannoni Oﬃce Phone (407) 823-5853 E-mail email@example.com Strength & Conditioning Ben Fleming Athletic Trainer Lauren Donnelly, Leah Schoen 2008-09 Record 12-10 Players R/L 6/3 Team History All-Time NCAA D-I Record 287-227 Best Conference Finish First 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 ITA All-Academic Team Honors Seven ITA Scholar-Athletes 21
Credits The 2009-10 UCF women’s tennis yearbook was written and edited by Brian Ormiston and Heather Lancaster. Editorial assistance provided by Doug Richards and Joe Hornstein. Covers designed by Heather Lancaster and Sarah Tarasewicz. Photography courtesy of Sideline Sports, UCF marketing and the women’s tennis team. Printed by DME, located in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Athletics Communications Assistant Director Brian Ormiston Oﬃce Phone (407) 823-2409 Cell Phone (407) 920-1233 Fax (407) 823-5293 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Student Assistant Cell Phone E-mail
Heather Lancaster (954) 465-3979 email@example.com
ntering her third season with the Knights, Stephanie Nickitas is looking forward to another great year. The team finished with a respectable 12-10 record for the 2008-09 season.
Nickitas has the comfort of having six well-rounded returners as well as the fourth-best mid-major recruiting class in the nation. Nickitas helps preview the upcoming season with the following Q&A session. What has your team learned from the fall and how do you plan on implementing that in the spring? The team did a great job last fall of working hard and doing the things we asked them to do in practice, and then we were able to implement those things in tournaments. The fall was really part of a building process, and individually they showed quite a bit of improvement. In the spring, everything is going to come together as a whole. We have done a lot of training and worked very hard, while also asking a lot from some of the new players and given them a ton of new information that they have had to digest. They have done a great job adapting and growing in the fall and it’s a good base for the spring. Tony Giannoni is the new assistant coach this year. How has he helped this team? Tony has made a tremendous impact on the team in just a few short months. He has a vast knowledge of tennis and does a very good job communicating new ideas to the players. He brings a ton of coaching experience to the table having worked with professional players, top juniors, as well as a top-five ranked college team. One of Tony’s strengths is on court coaching during matches which has already played a major role in our success during the fall. I am extremely excited to have him join the staﬀ this year. He’s a big asset. Katie Orletsky is the lone senior on the squad but she was unable to compete in the fall. Will she be ready to go for the dual-match season? Katie unfortunately had a couple of injuries this past fall but she is working extremely hard right now with our trainers and strength and conditioning coach Ben Gleming to get back into playing form. She has a great fitness base that will help her in recovering for the spring, and is working diligently and putting in a lot of time to get her body ready. She is very eager and excited to play. I definitely expect her to contribute in the spring. Jenny Frisell is starting her third year with the Knights. She has improved over the past two years, so what are her strengths going into 2010? Jenny has continued to improve each and every year that she is here, and this fall had a big of a breakthrough. She had some great wins at the Florida tournament and also at ITA Regionals with some victories over ranked players which will help build her confidence. They certainly weren’t surprising because I feel Jenny is at a level to play with the top-ranked players. It’s part of her confidence process, learning about herself a little more and taking those wins and propelling her into the spring. She has been working hard on her serve, her fitness, her volleys and being a leader in doubles. She is doing a great job all around. 2
There are four sophomores on the team, each of them had a terrific year last season. What are your expectations for them this season? Even though they are only sophomores, I expect Alexis Rodriguez, Christy Core, Andrea Yacaman and Taylor Dubins to step up as leaders. Overall, we still have a very young team. We expect everyone to take a leadership role, and having one year under their belt is a huge help. They now have the knowledge of how to succeed through a long, hard season. Their experiences from last year have helped them mature and grow both on and oﬀ the court. You have three newcomers this year. How well have they been able to get into the sync of things? What do you think they will bring to your squad? They have been doing a tremendous job, all three of them, individually and collectively. It’s a big adjustment coming to school and they all handled it extremely well. Genevieve Lorbergs, being from Australia, had a huge social and cultural change, and she has been remarkable at adapting. We have a great team bond which has helped Genevieve, Allison Hodges and Jenna Doerfler mix in quite easily. I expect them to contribute in the spring and play in singles and doubles lineup spots. Genevieve has been working hard on her game and has already made huge improvements in two and a half months. One thing I would say that all three of them bring is a great amount of personality, excitement and enthusiasm to the team. They all have very bubbly and outgoing personalities and that’s a huge help in the team atmosphere.
Jenna Doerfler (above), Jenny Frisell (left) and Katie Orletsky look to have an excellent year.
n only her third season with the Knights in 2009-10, Stephanie Nickitas continues to build a program through recruiting, and challenging her team by competing against quality opponents.
In 2008-09, the Knights faced seven ranked foes and welcomed three top-15 teams to the UCF Tennis Complex. This spring, the Black and Gold will battle highly-ranked programs such as Alabama, Illinois, Florida, Florida State and SMU. It also will face several other schools from across the country like New Mexico, Michigan State and Harvard. Coaching in her second year at UCF, Nickitas led the Knights to a 12-10 mark facing a diﬃcult schedule. The doubles pair of Jenny Frisell and Elvira Serrot was slotted together by Nickitas on Feb. 13 against Georgia Southern and quickly rose in the national ranks all the way to No. 27 after defeating the No. 11 and No. 33 ranked teams from Duke and NC State, respectively. Under the guidance of Nickitas, Katie Orletsky, a transfer from Arizona, anchored the No. 6 slot for the Knights posting a 12-5 record and capturing the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year award. The honor was the first specialty award handed to a UCF women’s tennis player since joining C-USA in 2005. In her first year at the helm of the Knights, Nickitas guided the squad to a 12-9 record and a 57.8 singles winning percentage in 2007-08. But more impressively, UCF dominated on the doubles courts by going 60-30 for a 66.7 clip. Meanwhile, four student-athletes on the 200809 roster were selected to the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. Among those Knights were Frisell and Elvira Serrot, who were voted onto the All-C-USA Second Team as a doubles tandem. Frisell as a sophomore was additionally recognized by the coaches as a singles player on the All-C-USA Second Team.
Combined with Nickitas’ first season, the Knights have had 11 selections to the prestigious honor roll. Three singles players and a doubles team were chosen for the conference second and third teams under the watch of Nickitas. And the leader of the Knights also has received plenty of other praise as well. Nickitas was elected as a regional representative on the 2009-11 ITA Women’s Division I Operating Committee. She is also a member of the the Division I Southeast Regional Committee. Since she first arrived in Orlando in the summer of 2007, Nickitas’ recruiting classes have been worthy of attention as well. Her incoming class for 2009-10 was ranked as the fourth-best mid-major class in the nation by TennisRecruiting. net. That was the highest of any C-USA program. A year earlier, her first UCF class climbed all the way to sixth in the rankings. And for 2010-11, five-star player Courtney Griﬃth is already on tap to join the Knights.
The Nickkitaas Fille Resides: Orlando, Fla. Education: University of Florida, 1999 B.A. in Business Administration Coaching Career: Head Coach - UCF, 2007-present Assistant Coach - Duke University, 2005-07 Assistant Coach - Harvard University, 2002-05 Coaching Honors: 2009-11 ITA Women’s D-I Operating Committee 2008-11 ITA South Region Committee Member 2007 Women’s Coaches Academy Graduate 2004-05 Intercollegiate Tennis Association East Region Assistant Coach of the Year Playing Career: WTA Tour, 1999-00 University of Florida, 1996-99 USTA Junior National Team, 1993-94 Playing Honors: 1999-00 NCAA Top VIII Award 1999 Univ. of Florida Female Athlete of the Year 1996 and 1998 NCAA Team Champions 1997 NCAA Doubles Champion 1996 NCAA Doubles Champion 1996-99 All-SEC First Team All-America selection six times Won four collegiate Grand Slam titles
Nickitas was a standout player at Florida from 1996-99, earning All-America recognition six times for the Gators. She went on to be selected for The 1999 NCAA Top VIII Award, which honors the most-deserving eight student-athletes from across the country in all sports for their athletic, academic and leadership achievements.
A member of the Gators’ 1996 and 1998 NCAA national championship squads, Nickitas won 128 singles matches during her career and earned All-Southeastern Conference First Team honors all four years. She won four collegiate Grand Slam titles as well, while that 1996 squad was ranked seventh of the Top 25 Gator Teams released in 2009. Nickitas also was the 1996 and 1997 NCAA Doubles champion with Dawn Buth, becoming the first duo in Division I history to claim backto-back titles. She currently ranks first in singleseason doubles winning percentage (41-1, 97.6 percent), and second all-time at UF with a career mark of 89.5 percent (128-15).
Nickitas is entering her third season as head coach
Prior coming to Orlando, Nickitas spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Duke University and three at Harvard University.
With Nickitas on the staﬀ, Duke advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships in 2007. The Blue Devils finished the season ranked ninth nationally and went 20-8 overall and 9-1 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. Before working at Duke, Nickitas spent three years as an assistant at Harvard. In her three campaigns with the Crimson, Nickitas helped the Crimson claim three Ivy League championships. Harvard made two appearances in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and went undefeated in Ivy League play during Nickitas’ tenure. Following the 2005 season, Nickitas was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association East Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Nickitas is a native of Tampa and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida in 1999, and is pursuing her master’s degree at UCF. She received GTE Academic All-America honors in 1998 and was awarded with the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship following her senior campaign.
pening up his first season with the Knights in 2009-10, Tony Giannoni was hired as UCF's assistant coach on June 26, 2009. He comes to Orlando after spending two seasons as the University of Florida's volunteer assistant coach. "I'm thrilled to have this opportunity. I've spent a lot of time working on this goal of getting an assistant coaching job," said Giannoni. "I feel like I'm in a great place. We have several ladies who have proven themselves here and have been ranked which is huge if we want to continue to move forward." A graduate from Florida in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Giannoni helped the Gators reach the Sweet Sixteen in last year's NCAA Tournament and the Final Four in 2008. A native of Miami, he also was a tennis instructor at the DB Racquet Club in Gainesville beginning in 2005 and assisted the Florida men's team as a stringer in 2005-06.
The Giannnoni File Resides: Orlando, Fla. Education: University of Florida, 2005 Cum Laude B.S Psychology Coaching Career: Assistant Coach - UCF 2009-present Volunteer Assistant Coach - UF 2007-09 Playing Career: Grew up playing in South Florida Was coached by Alex Bogomolov Sr. Favorite Player: Roger Federer, “the guy is silky smooth, and his preparation and his anticipation are second to none”
20 009-10 0 UC CF Knnigghtts Rostterr Name Christy Core Jenna Doerfler Taylor Dubins Jenny Frisell Allison Hodges Genevieve Lorbergs Katie Orletsky Alexis Rodriguez Andrea Yacaman
Height 5-8 5-5 5-8 5-9 5-7 5-11 5-9 5-5 5-9
Head Coach: Stephanie Nickitas (Florida, ‘99) - Third Season Assistant Coach: Tony Giannoni (Florida, ‘05) - First Season Athletic Trainer: Leah Schoen, Lauren Donnelly Strength & Conditioning: Ben Fleming Academic Advisor: Lindsay Black 4
Class So. Fr. So. Jr. Fr. Fr. Sr. So. So.
Hometown/Previous School Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day School Winter Park Fla./Winter Park North Miami Beach, Fla./Dr. Michael Krop Gothenburg, Sweden/Katrinelun Gymnasiet Germantown, Tenn./Houston HS Victoria, Australia/McKinnon Secondary Titusville, Fla./Arizona Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River Cartagena, Colombia/Boca Raton Prep (Fla.)
Prior to UCF
• Captured the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year award after transferring from Arizona • Honored on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and as a Scholar-Baller for maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA • Provided a solid presence for the Knights in finishing the season at 17-12 overall in singles and with a 16-13 doubles mark • Began the dual-match season with a six-match win streak all in straight sets, including knocking oﬀ No. 13 Miami’s Alessa Waibel and No. 75 NC State’s Pender Sessoms • Captured a four-match win streak from March 25-April 4 with Christy Core and Kenza Belbacha, including a victory against USF’s Jessica Zok and Allyn Mueller • With Core, toppled Tulane’s Marcella Fonseca and Jessica Lange 8-4 at the C-USA Championship
• Spent the first two years at the collegiate level at the University of Arizona • Recorded 11 singles victories as a sophomore and six as a freshman • Earned a No. 58 national ranking and No. 14 in the state of Florida while at Titusville High School • Served as the No. 1 singles player as a freshman and a sophomore before not competing on the high school level her final two seasons • Claimed district titles and advanced to the state tournament both years
Personal • • • •
Born Katie Elizabeth Orletsky in Titusville, Fla. Parents are Brian and Lyn Orletsky Has one older brother, Nick Majoring in business
Orlletsky’ k ’s C Caareeer SSttatiistiics Singles Year 2008-09 Totals
No. 1 ---
No. 2 ---
No. 3 ---
No. 4 ---
No. 5 2-1 2-1
No. 6 12-5 12-5
Dual 14-6 14-6
Doubles Year 2008-09 Totals
No. 1 ---
No. 2 1-1 1-1
No. 3 11-8 11-8
Dual 12-9 12-9
Tour. 3-3 3-3
Overall 15-12 15-12
Pct. .556 .556
Tour. 3-6 3-6
Overall 17-12 17-12
Pct. .586 .586
Prior to UCF
• Named to the All-Conference USA Second Team as a singles and doubles player • Honored on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and as a Scholar-Baller for maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA • Ended the season with a 10-15 overall singles mark and a 17-12 doubles record • On Feb. 13 against Georgia Southern, Elvira Serrot teamed up with Frisell at No. 1 doubles and they finished the season with a 12-4 record and ranked No. 61 in the Campbell/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, but rose up to No. 27 when they broke into the poll on March 17 • A six-match win streak is how the duo started including upsets in back-to-back matches against No. 75 NC State and No. 4 Duke highlighted the spring campaign • Announced as the C-USA Players of the Week for their dominant doubles performance on March 10
• Graduated from Katrinelun Gymnasiet in Gothenburg, Sweden • Ranked in the top 24 of the women’s open category in Sweden, posting a 12-2 singles record • Both of those losses came against players in the top 150 in the WTA • Also ranked in the top four in the U-18 division, winning over 20 matches • In the U-18 age group, consistently ranked No. 1 or No. 2 fivestraight years • Claimed two Swedish national championships and was a runner-up four times • Winner of more than 20 regional tournaments
Personal • • • •
Born Jenny Viktoria Frisell in Gothenburg, Sweden Parents are Goran and Annethe Frisell Has a twin sister, Anna Majoring in interdisciplinary studies pre-med track
2007-08 • Earned a spot on the All-C-USA Third Team in first season at the Division I level • Also a member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll • Racked up a 17-9 singles record as a freshman with a 6-2 mark at No. 1 and a 3-4 showing at No. 2 • Went 7-2 before the dual-match season began, highlighted by fivestraight tournament wins to open her career • That winning streak featured opponents claiming just eight games, as she won all three matches at the C.L. Varner Memorial Invitational and the first two at the ITA Southern Regionals • Collected singles wins at No. 1 vs. Florida A&M, Tennessee Tech, Rice, UTEP, UAB and Stetson • Had a 17-10 overall doubles record • Paired with Kyla McNicol to win the Florida Gulf Coast MLK/Johan Kriek Classic doubles tournament • During that event, the duo gained 13 points by going a perfect 4-0 • They completed the season with a 12-9 record together with an 8-9 mark at No. 1 doubles
Frissell’s Careeer Statiistics
Singles Year 2007-08 2008-09 Totals
No. 1 6-2 3-8 9-10
No. 2 3-4 1-1 4-5
No. 3 1-1 2-0 3-1
No. 4 ----
No. 5 ----
No. 6 ----
Dual 10-7 6-9 16-16
Doubles Year 2007-08 2008-09 Totals
No. 1 9-9 12-4 21-13
No. 2 -1-2 1-2
No. 3 ----
Dual 9-9 13-6 22-15
Tour. 8-1 4-6 12-7
Overall 17-10 17-12 34-22
Pct. .630 .586 .607
Tour. 7-2 4-6 11-8
Overall 17-9 10-15 27-24
Pct. .654 .400 .529
Prior to UCF
• Finished the season with an 18-14 overall singles record and a 1713 mark in doubles • Began the year with a 6-5 record in singles play, including winning her final two matches at the Miami Fall Invitational • Dominated the C.L. Varner Memorial Flight B singles bracket, winning all four decisions to pick up the title • Went 10-7 in dual-match singles playing mostly at No. 5 • Posted a key three-match winning streak from March 9-14, including a three-set triumph over Tulane’s Caroline Gerber to seal the victory over the Green Wave • Named Conference USA Player of the Week for her performance against Tulane • Partnered with Jenny Frisell, Kenza Belbacha, Alexis Rodriguez and Katie Orletsky in doubles and finished the fall with a 7-6 overall record • With Belbacha, the duo breezed through the C.L. Varner Memorial Invite by winning all four matches to earn the championship • Teamed up with Orletsky at No. 2 for the dual-match season; the duo ended the season with a 9-6 record picking up victories against Florida Gulf Coast, Eastern Michigan, No. 65 South Florida and two wins against Tulane
• Competed for Covenant Day School in North Carolina • Helped the Lady Lions win the conference title and place second in the state finals as a senior • Claimed the No. 1 singles and doubles state championships that season • Named all-state and all-conference in singles and doubles the final two years • Selected to the all-state team as a freshman • Earned second place in the girls 18s doubles event at the USTA National Opens in February 2008 • Went 3-2 in singles at the USTA National Opens in February 2007 and advanced to the finals of the doubles bracket • Competing at the 2007 National Open in Georgia, went on to claim the doubles title with an 8-1 win over the No. 2 seed • Represented North Carolina and the south region in the national clay court and hart court championships in four separate age divisions
Personal • • • •
Born Christina Leigh Core in Charlotte, N.C. Parents are Hap and Paula Core Has an older brother, Andy, and a younger sister, Katie Majoring in business
Corre’s Caareerr Staatissticss Singles Year 2008-09 Totals
No. 1 ---
No. 2 ---
No. 3 ---
No. 4 3-1 3-1
No. 5 7-6 7-6
No. 6 ---
Dual 10-7 10-7
Doubles Year 2008-09 Totals
No. 1 ---
No. 2 0-1 0-1
No. 3 10-6 10-6
Dual 10-7 10-7
Tour. 7-6 7-6
Overall 17-13 17-13
Pct. .567 .567
Tour. 8-7 8-7
Overall 18-14 18-14
Pct. .563 .563
Prior to UCF
• Broke into the lineup against Louisiana-Lafayette on March 27 at No. 2 doubles, teaming up with Alexis Rodriguez • Recorded first collegiate win as a singles player against Stetson in straight sets
• Played three varsity sports all four years of high school: tennis, soccer and volleyball • Helped her team win the state championship in tennis her junior and senior year, the school’s first state championships • Won the athlete of the year Award in 2008 • Was first team All-Dade by the Miami Herald in 2007 and 2008 • Was a doubles and mixed doubles Florida state champion with Brittany Dubins and Jeﬀrey Morris
Personal • • • •
Born Taylor Lynn Dubins in North Miami Beach, Fla. Parents are Ross and Veronica Dubins Has a younger sister, Brittany Majoring in communication sciences and disorders
Dubins’ Careeer Sttattistticcs
Singles Year 2008-09 Totals
No. 1 ---
No. 2 ---
No. 3 ---
No. 4 ---
No. 5 ---
No. 6 1-0 1-0
Dual 1-0 1-0
Doubles Year 2008-09 Totals
No. 1 ---
No. 2 0-1 0-1
No. 3 ---
Dual 0-1 0-1
Overall 0-1 0-1
Pct. .000 .000
Overall 1-0 1-0
Pct. 1.00 1.00
Prior to UCF
• Racked up an even 17-17 overall singles record during freshman campaign and a 12-17 doubles mark • Amassed six singles victories during the fall • Earned three straight-set wins at the C.L. Varner Memorial en route to the finals of the Flight B bracket • During the dual-match season, posted an 11-10 singles record primarily in the No. 4 slot • Strung together a five-match win streak from March 27-April 16 that was snapped against No. 38 Tulsa at the C-USA Championship • Entered the spring partnered with Jenny Frisell collecting a 2-1 record at the FGCU/Johan Kriek Tennis Classic • Joined Christy Core, Frisell, Andrea Yacaman and Taylor Dubins throughout the spring dual-match season combining for an 8-12 record
• Selected as the 2007 Boca News Player of the Year and the 2005 Sun Sentinel Player of the Year while at Spanish River High School • A member of the Junior Fed Cup Team, and earned a No. 17 ranking in the Florida Section • Advanced to the finals of the 2007 Class 4A Division 1 singles draw • Named to the Palm Beach Post All-Area First Team as a sophomore thanks to a 10-1 record with district and regional titles at No. 1 singles • Eventually reached the semifinals en route to helping her team claim the Class 4A state title, and also was a singles champion and a doubles finalist as a freshman • Participated in the USTA G18 National Championships, the National Clay Court Championships and the National Opens in 2007 • Also posted four singles victories at the Florida Open Championships and reached the finals of the Seminole County Fall Sectional
Personal • Born Alexis Renee Rodriguez in New York, N.Y. • Parents are Angel and Wanda Rodriguez • Father is a tennis director at Boca Pointe Country Club and owns a top-10 USPTA ranking • Has one older brother, Dion • Majoring in marketing
Rodriguezz’s Careeer Staatissticcs Singles Year 2008-09 Totals
No. 1 ---
No. 2 ---
No. 3 3-1 3-1
No. 4 8-9 8-9
No. 5 ---
No. 6 ---
Dual 11-10 11-10
Doubles Year 2008-09 Totals
No. 1 ---
No. 2 6-12 6-12
No. 3 2-0 2-0
Dual 8-12 8-12
Tour. 4-5 4-5
Overall 12-17 12-17
Pct. .414 .414
Tour. 6-7 6-7
Overall 17-17 17-17
Pct. .500 .500
Prior to UCF
• Honored on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and as a Scholar-Baller for maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better • Earned a 21-13 overall singles mark and a 15-15 doubles record as a freshman • Claimed a victory in her first six singles matches of her career, helping her be selected as the Conference USA Player of the Month on Oct. 14 • Without the benefit of a bye in the first round, won all four matches at the Gator Fall Classic for the Flight B singles championship • Began the spring season at the No. 2 singles slot posting a 12-8 mark • Put together a three-match win streak from Feb. 13-26 that included wins over players from Georgia Southern, Tulane and Penn State • Played with Elvira Serrot the entire fall for five doubles wins, which included four-straight victories at the C.L. Varner Memorial for the Flight A tournament title • Started the dual-match season teamed up with Serrot at No. 1, but found success playing aside Kenza Belbacha and Alexis Rodriguez at No. 2 posting a 7-7 record
• Began playing in Colombia and attended Jorge Washington School before moving to the United States and training at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton • Went to Boca Raton Preparatory High School for her senior year • While at Jorge Washington, named the 2005 athlete of the tear • Finalist in the girls 18s at the 2008 Security and General International Tennis Federation Junior Tennis Open in the Bahamas • Selected as the Colombian Tennis Association Player of the Year in December 2005, and was No. 1 in the national rankings in the G12, G14 and G16 divisions • Then started competing in the International Tennis Federation Juniors and held a No. 349 ranking • Was the doubles champion in Copenhagen ITF G4 and the Illinois ITF G4 in 2007, a finalist at the Bahaman ITF Tournament in 2006 and a semifinalist at the Arhus, Denmark ITF G4 and the Bermuda ITF Tournament in 2007 as well
Personal • • • • •
Born Andrea Yacaman in Cartagena, Columbia Parents are Humberto Yacaman and Olga Elena Burgos Father played table tennis at the international level Has as two younger siblings, Natalia and David Plans lans to major in business
Yaccamann’s Caareeer Stattistticss
Singles Year 2008-09 Totals
No. 1 ---
No. 2 8-6 8-6
No. 3 4-2 4-2
No. 4 ---
No. 5 ---
No. 6 ---
Dual 12-8 12-8
Doubles Year 2008-09 Totals
No. 1 1-2 1-2
No. 2 6-8 6-8
No. 3 1-0 1-0
Dual 8-10 8-10
Tour. 7-5 7-5
Overall 15-15 15-15
Pct. .500 .500
Tour. 9-5 9-5
Overall 21-13 21-13
Pct. .618 .618
Prior to UCF
• Graduate of Winter Park High School • A five-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net; held a No. 10 ranking in the state of Florida and a No. 57 ranking in the country • Was selected as the Orlando Sentinel 2007-08 Central Florida Girls Tennis Player of the Year while competing for WPHS • Guided her team to the Class 4A state finals in each of the last three seasons
• Born Jenna Katherine Doerfler in Winter Park, Fla • Parents are Glenn and Theresa Doerfler, and both went to college at UCF • Has a younger sister, Jillian • Undecided on a major
Prior to UCF
• Playing for Houston High School outside of Memphis, won the Tennessee Class AAA single championship in 2008-09 • Her performance in 2008 allowed her to be named The Commercial Appeal’s 2007-08 Pepsi Best of the Preps Girls Tennis Player of the Year • Ranked first in her state, was one of only two players in Tennessee to be listed as a four-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net • Also stood at No. 84 in the country at one point in her career
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Born Allison Brooke Hodges in Germantown, Tenn. Parents are Lincoln Hodges and Jill Wilson Hodges Has a brother, Rees, and a sister, Hollie Majoring in sport and fitness training
Prior to UCF
• Graduated from McKinnon Secondary College in Victoria, Australia • Participated in the 2009 KIA Amateur Australian Open and claimed the doubles title while finishing as the runner-up in the singles event • In 2008, was selected to play at the highest level of competition in Australia with the Victorian State Grade’s Beaumaris team and earned the best results on the squad
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Born Genevieve Grace Lorbergs in Adelaide, Australia Parents are Sigurds and Jane Lorbergs Has three brothers, Tobijs, Kristian and Markus Majoring in psychology 11
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE UCF student-athletes are supported by a nine-person professional staﬀ of advisors and program coordinators from the Oﬃce of Academic Services for Student-Athletes (ASSA). The ASSA mission is to support student-athletes’ academic development while exceeding satisfactory progress toward their degrees. ASSA advisors coordinate tutoring, mentoring, study sessions, and priority class registration for all current student-athletes and assist new Knights through the recruitment process. UCF student-athletes receive specific academic and athletic information at orientation as well as study skills and time management instruction through out the year. More than 50 computers are available for student-athlete’s use anytime during the academic year. During the 2008-09 academic year, UCF placed a league-record 224 student-athletes on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. Student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better to earn a spot on the honor roll.
MAKING THE GRADE Thirty-four Knights earned the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal in 2008-09. The medals are awarded to student-athletes who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better.
NATIONAL HONORS Jenny Heppert became the first UCF volleyball player to garner ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® honors during the 2008-09 season. The middle blocker graduated with a 4.0 GPA and earned her degree in biology.
UCF - THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME UCF is the university that seeks opportunities, creates opportunities and brings them to fruition. The school’s culture of opportunity is driven by the diverse people it attracts, its Orlando environment, its history of entrepreneurship, and its youth, relevance and energy. Located in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, UCF is among the fastest-growing research universities in the country.
UCF oﬀers degrees through its 12 colleges: College of Arts and Humanities College of Business Administration College of Education College of Engineering and Computer Science College of Graduate Studies College of Health and Public Aﬀairs College of Medicine College of Nursing College of Optics and Photonics College of Sciences Rosen College of Hospitality Management The Burnett Honors College
One of Florida’s 11 public universities, UCF opened its doors to students in 1968. The school has grown quickly and UCF now oﬀers almost 200 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and 29 doctoral programs. UCF began oﬀering a doctor of medicine degree program in 2009. The M.D. Program enrolled an initial class of 41 students and will eventually produce about 120 medical graduates each year.
UCF RECREATION & WELLNESS CENTER
FORGING AHEAD With a total enrollment of 53,537, UCF has the third-largest student population in the country and has become a prominent player in undergraduate education nationwide oﬀering innovative corporate partnerships, world-renowned faculty, and cutting-edge technology and undergraduate research opportunities.
UCF STUDENT UNION
UCF - THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME
University Profile Student Population: 53,537 Undergraduate Enrollment: 42,910 Graduate: 7,344 Student/Faculty Ratio: 24 to 1
We have a talented and unique student body. UCF has a diverse student body, with students coming from 63 Florida counties, 50 states and 142 countries. We have connections. Internationally known companies such as Disney, Universal, Google, Marriott, Anheuser-Busch and many others recruit on the campus regularly and are partners with the university. We’ll help you land a job. Our career services professionals help students gain practical work knowledge during their collegiate experience at schools, hospitals, hightech companies, local municipalities and in the entertainment industry. Students typically enjoy success in landing employment thanks to their due diligence, their preparation at UCF and the university’s fine reputation among employers.
CHARGING KNIGHT Don Reynolds’ statue, “The Charging Knight,” at the Insurance Office of America Plaza outside Bright House Networks Stadium, symbolizes UCF’s excellence in academics, partnerships and athletics.
UCF LEISURE POOL
CF’s 1,415-acre campus provides a safe, serene setting for learning with 600 acres of natural lakes and woodlands. At UCF, there is always something to do. Students attend Division I athletics events, concerts and shows at UCF Arena and are oﬀered a wide array of cultural events and opportunities. Personal development programs and activities in a broad range of educational, recreational and social-awareness topics allow students a chance to expand their understanding of the world. Among the things available to all students are an 85,000-square foot recreational fitness center, a 181,000-gallon outdoor recreational pool and nine sandy beach volleyball courts. UCF’s exciting campus includes a variety of on-campus residential communities, and the addition of new housing, a new alumni center and a full-service medical clinic provides expanded opportunities for activities.
SPIRIT SPLASH UCF’s Spirit Splash is one of the most unique Homecoming events in the nation. Once a year, thousands of students gather in the Reflection Pond at the center of campus for a pep rally and concert.
DR. JOHN C. HITT • PRESIDENT John C. Hitt became the fourth president of the University of Central Florida on March 1, 1992, after nineteen years of administrative experience and a distinguished academic career. A native of Houston, Texas, he graduated cum laude in 1962 from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, earning a B.A. degree in psychology. He completed his M.S. degree in 1964 and his Ph.D. degree two years later, both in physiological psychology at Tulane University. His graduate study was supported by fellowships from the Danforth Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Hitt served as an assistant professor of psychology at Tulane before moving to Texas Christian University as an associate professor of psychology in 1969. Three years later, he became associate dean of the university. In 1974, he was appointed vice president of the Texas Christian University Research Foundation and was named dean of the graduate school in 1975. In 1977, Dr. Hitt left Texas Christian University to become provost and vice president for academic aﬀairs and professor of psychology at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. In 1987, he moved to the University of Maine as vice president for academic aﬀairs and professor of psychology. In 1991, Dr. Hitt was named Maine’s interim president.
Early in his tenure, President Hitt outlined the following five major goals for UCF: • oﬀer the best undergraduate education in Florida • achieve international prominence in key programs of graduate study and research • provide an international focus to the curricula and research programs • become more inclusive and diverse • become America’s leading partnership university Under President Hitt ’s leadership, enrollment at UCF has more than doubled, the number of doctoral degrees awarded each year has increased sevenfold, and research funding has increased from $6.2 million to $121 million a year. President Hitt has conferred more than 130,000 degrees during his presidency. One of President Hitt ’s greatest achievements occurred when the Florida Board of Governors approved the UCF College of Medicine, and the Lake Nona Medical City was founded. This multi-billion dollar development includes new facilities for medical education, hospital care, and biomedical research. The Lake Nona Medical City will be a principal driver of the central Florida economy for decades to come. President Hitt ’s current civic service includes membership on the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission Fundraising Campaign leadership cabinet and the MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando’s Council of Governors. He serves on the boards of the American Heart Association, Central Florida Partnership, the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, SunTrust N.A., and United Arts. President Hitt is a member of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment Leadership Circle. He is also a member, vice-chair, and chair-elect of the Conference USA Board of Directors. President Hitt is two-term past-chair of the State University Presidents Association, a member of the Florida Council of 100, and founder of the Florida High-Tech Corridor Council. He is a two-term past-president of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities. He chaired the Governor’s Select Task Force on Healthcare Professional Liability Insurance and was a member of the Florida Distance Learning Task Force. He was a member of the Orange County Chairman’s Transportation Commission, and in 2008, he co-chaired the Orange County Underage Drinking Task Force. President Hitt is a former member of the boards of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, EDUCAUSE, Orlando Health, and the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is a former member of the NCAA President’s Commission and the former Chair of Board of the Atlantic Sun Athletics Conference. In recent years, the Central Florida community has honored President Hitt with a number of prestigious awards. He was the recipient of the 2008 Junior Achievement Spirit of Achievement Award. He has been listed for a number of years among the Orlando Sentinel’s 25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida and the Orlando Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People. He received the Seminole Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement award in 2007. In 2006, he received the Orlando Business Journal’s first-ever Legacy Award, and in 2005 he was named the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Floridian of the Year. In 2002, he received the James B. Greene award from the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission; in 1999, he was awarded the Tree of Life from the Jewish National Fund and the Jack Halloway Star of Gratitude from United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida; and in 1998, he earned the John Young Award from the Greater Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. President Hitt is an avid fisherman and golfer. He has been married to the former Martha Halsted for 47 years, and they have two children and two grandchildren.
KEITH R. TRIBBLE • DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS The thread that has bridged together nearly three decades working in and around the collegiate community has been Keith Tribble’s history of building programs with strong foundations and dynamic structure. Since his start as Director of Athletics and Executive Vice President for the University of Central Florida Athletics Association on June 6, 2006, Tribble has quickly taken hold of the program’s blueprints and promised to lead with a principle that everyone associated with the program will also share - to “finish.”
Keith Tribble is committed to the concept of the well-rounded studentathlete, emphasizing the importance of their academic prowess oﬀ the field as well as championship results on.
COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE
In addition, the other focal point of his concentration is the oversight of the construction, expansion and completion of the noted UCF Athletics Facilities Master Plan. When finished, the plan will touch all areas of the student-athletes’ well-being, including residential housing, academic and mentoring support facilities and state-of-the-art performance venues where UCF fans and supporters can cheer on the Knights. To date, Tribble has overseen $150 million in new construction and improvements to UCF athletic facilities since his arrival. Through a renewed commitment, Tribble has been most proud of the record academic achievement of the UCF student-athletes during his first two years in Orlando. The Knights, for the third-straight year in 2008-09, placed the highest number of student-athletes on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll with 224 representatives maintaining a 3.0 grade-point average or better. Much of UCF Athletics went from transitioning into Conference USA to competing for its titles in just a few short years. The football program has played for two C-USA titles since 2005, winning the championship and coveted AutoZone Liberty Bowl berth in 2007. In 2007-08, other programs such as women’s soccer and softball, and members of women’s track and field, claimed CUSA titles. In 2008-09, men’s golf reigned over the league, in addition to a big Conference USA Tournament championship from women’s basketball. Over half of the programs have competed in NCAA postseason tournaments the past two years.
Successful student-athletes start with top-notch coaching and at UCF the commitment to coaching excellence has been evident. Among Tribble’s transactions so far has been the renewal of several successful veteran coaches, including Amanda Cromwell (women’s soccer), Renee Luers-Gillispie (softball), George O’Leary (football) and Kirk Speraw (men’s basketball). Additionally, Tribble was instrumental in the hiring of several new head coaches, including Bryan Cunningham (men’s soccer), Todd Dagenais (women’s volleyball), Becky Cramer (women’s rowing), Stephanie Nickitas (women’s tennis), Terry Rooney (baseball), Caryl Smith-Gilbert (women’s track and field/cross country) and Joi Williams (women’s basketball).
Tribble attended the University of Florida where he played oﬀensive guard for three bowl teams. He graduated in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism (public relations and marketing). Tribble and his wife, Terri, have a daughter, Carlyn, and a son, Kyle.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION Jessica Reo
NIKE AND HERCULES COMMUNITIES The Nike and Hercules Communities are located at the Academic Village, which sits directly behind the Recreation and Wellness Center, leisure pool, and next to the intramural fields. The Nike and Hercules Communities are comprised of residence halls and apartment buildings. There is a large plaza space which joins the Nike and Hercules Communities at the Academic Village, and it holds several large events. Meanwhile, residents have the luxury of Internet access, cable TV and local telephone service within the community.
TOWERS AT KNIGHTS PLAZA Numerous UCF student-athletes reside on campus at the Towers at Knights Plaza, modern apartment-style dormitories on the north side of campus which allow student-athletes to live within close proximity to UCF’s athletics facilities. The apartments feature common kitchen and living room areas as well as four single bedrooms with full-size beds. Each bedroom includes high-speed Internet access, cable television and local phone service. The Towers at Knights Plaza feature 100,000-square feet of retail shops and restaurants. Tenants include Barnes & Noble bookstore, Subway and Knightro’s cafeteria, where UCF student-athletes dine. The apartments are located near the majority of the athletics facilities, including Bright House Networks Stadium, the UCF Arena, The Venue at UCF, Jay Bergman Field, the UCF Softball Complex and the UCF Track and Field and Soccer Complex. The Towers at Knights Plaza are also in close proximity to the Wayne Densch Sports Center and Nicholson Fieldhouse.
APARTMENT-STYLE LIVING The apartments in the Towers at Knights Plaza feature common kitchen and living room areas as well as four single bedrooms with full-size beds.
SHOPPING CONVENIENCE Students living in the Towers can dine and shop at establishments like Tailgaters Smoked-Grill Restaurant, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Knightro’s Cafeteria, Red Brick Oven Pizza, Jimmy John’s, Subway, Papa John’s and Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream.
BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS STADIUM
ATHLETICS FACILITIES UCF SOFTBALL COMPLEX
UCF SOCCER COMPLEX
From Bright House Networks Stadium to the UCF Arena, UCF student-athletes play and train in top-notch venues. The school’s always growing and improving athletics complex is part of UCF’s commitment to provide student-athletes with exceptional and modern facilities. In the past few years, this commitment has assured that the UCF athletics facilities are not only among the best in Conference USA, but across the nation. The 45,000-seat Bright House Networks Stadium, the home of the UCF program, shared its debut season on campus in 2007 with another brand new facility - UCF Arena. Home to the Knights’ men’s and women’s basketball programs, the 10,000-seat venue also opened in the fall of 2007. The arena, which also hosts concerts and UCF commencement ceremonies, includes luxury boxes and suites, open concourse areas and numerous concession options.
THE VENUE AT UCF
Other facilities that have seen upgrades in recent years are Jay Bergman Field – home to the baseball program - and The Venue at UCF, the renovated previous arena which now houses exclusive modern practice facilities and oﬃces for the men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as an equally-spacious home facility for volleyball. Oﬀ campus, two new facilities opened in 2009 - the UCF Intercollegiate Rowing Center and the UCF Golf Practice Facility. UCF ROWING CENTER
UCF’s Facilities Master Plan includes numerous facility enhancements in the coming years, including the planned construction of a new stadium and entrance structure at the UCF Soccer and Track and the expansion of Jay Bergman Field. The vision for a new academic services center is imminent, one which will provide student-athletes greater access to resources near their new Athletics Village residences, and further assist their progress towards their degrees and post-graduate success.
UCF TRACK & FIELD COMPLEX
When UCF Athletics completes its Facilities Master Plan during the next decade, every sport and every student-athlete will have received the benefit of an improved facility to practice, train and compete for championships in. UCF GOLF PRACTICE FACILITY
JAY BERGMAN FIELD
UCF TENNIS COMPLEX
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING/SPORTS MEDICINE The strength and conditioning program is an integral component of UCF’s 16-sport athletic family. The most visible sign of the Knights’ commitment in this area is an 11,200-square foot weight room located in the middle of the Wayne Densch Sports Center. The state-of-the-art facility contains the finest free weight and machine equipment, cardio equipment and treadmills. UCF also houses a weight room in The Venue, which is utilized by the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball programs. Five certified strength and conditioning coaches monitor the progress of UCF’s student-athletes. The UCF sports medicine facilities are fully equipped with the most up to date technology, including a SwimEx aquatic therapy pool, used to aid in advanced rehabilitation of the elite student-athlete. The main athletic training room is located in the Wayne Densch Sports Center with additional locations at The Venue, Jay Bergman Field, the UCF Softball Complex and the brand-new UCF Intercollegiate Rowing Center. The sports medicine staﬀ consists of six full-time athletic trainers, seven graduate assistant athletic trainers and SwimEx resistance pools approximately 60 undergraduate athletic training students.
oﬀer a complete isokinetic aquatic therapy system - putting rehabilitation programs into a new league. Starting with 0 to 30,000 gallons per minute water flow, patients in initial stages of rehab can begin aquatic therapy sooner due to the buoyancy of water. Aquatic therapy treatment can extend into a full range of training and conditioning.
WELCOME TO ORLANDO UCF students have easy access to one of the world’s most vibrant cities – Orlando. Looking for theme parks, attractions, museums, world-class shopping, great restaurants, golf courses, jogging trails and nature preserves? You can find it all here in Orlando. Orlando is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. In 2007, 48.8 million visitors traveled to the region. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando and Sea World are just a short drive away from the UCF campus. The Kennedy Space Center, state parks and sandy beaches oﬀ the coast of the Atlantic Ocean are also all nearby. Orlando is a frequent destination for today’s top national musical acts, who visit popular venues like Hard Rock Live at Universal’s CityWalk and House of Blues, which is located at Downtown Disney. The city’s world-renowned theme parks have added a variety of new entertainment experiences, including Disney’s Cirque de Soleil and Universal’s Blue Man Group performances. Beyond the theme parks, downtown Orlando features an ever-changing skyline, fine dining options and a newly developed arts district. Cultural destinations in the city include the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orange County Regional History Center and Lake Eola Park.
SUNSHINE STATE One of the area’s biggest attractions is its yearround mild weather. At the heart of the Sunshine State, the region’s average annual temperature is a comfortable 72.4 degrees.
ORLANDO SPORTING OPTIONS With top-notch events occurring year round, Orlando is a premier destination for sports fans. The region is home to professional franchises, college football bowl games, worldfamous auto races, several professional golf tournaments and much more. The Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association brought excitement to the city last season with a tremendous run to the NBA Finals. The Magic will open the 2010-11 season in a new arena in downtown Oralndo. The regionâ€™s sports calendar is busy with baseball each spring as Disneyâ€™s Wide World of Sports Complex hosts the Atlanta Braves for Major League Baseball spring training. The Houston Astros train in nearby Kissimmee and the Washington Nationals prepare for the regular season close to UCF in Viera. The Florida Citrus Bowl, the former home of UCF football, hosts a pair of college bowl games each winter - the Champs Sports Bowl and the CapitalOne Bowl. The stadium has also been the site of World Cup and Olympic soccer contests. In 2006, the World Baseball Classic held part of its inaugural event in Orlando.
HOMETOWN PRIDE In addition to UCF athletics events, the region also features the most prominent NASCAR race, the Daytona 500. Several other NASCAR races, PGA Tour golf tournaments and numerous action sports championships are also held in Central Florida.
C-USA CHAMPIONS Emma Cannon’s 16 points and 15 rebounds led the UCF women’s basketball team past Southern Miss in overtime, 65-54, to claim the 2009 Conference USA Women’s Basketball Championship.
CONFERENCE USA Conference USA features 12 nationally prominent, tradition-rich members in East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UCF and UTEP. All C-USA institutions sponsor football, along with several other men’s and women’s athletic programs, many which compete regularly for NCAA Championships. C-USA sponsors completion in 19 sports – nine for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field) and 10 for women (basketball, cross country, golf, softball, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball). The conference’s footprint is concentrated with 12 members in nine states and a combined area population of nearly 17 million. Along with the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC, CUSA is one of the seven conferences having significant representation in the NCAA governance structure. C-USA was formed in 1995 and quickly emerged as one of the nation’s top conferences. The league’s charter members included Charlotte, Cincinnati, DePaul, Houston, Louisville, Marquette, Memphis, Saint Louis, Southern Miss, Tulane, UAB and USF. The league’s headquarters were established in Chicago and after nine years, relocated to the current oﬃce in Irving, Texas. Britton Banowsky was named commissioner in 2002. After celebrating is 10th anniversary during the 2004-05 season, C-USA began a new chapter the following year when its current membership came together to form the new look of the league.
C-USA CHAMPIONS Behind the play of junior Simon Ward and freshman Blayne Barber, the UCF men’s golf team claimed the 2009 Conference USA Championship at the RedTail Golf Club. The league tournament championship was the first for the Knights.
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