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USF Women's Tennis Kicks off their 2006 Fall Season at the Cal-Nike Invitational

Sept. 28, 2006

The Dons will play their first individual tournament of the season at Berkeley this Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1. We have 10 players competing in both singles and doubles this weekend. I am very excited for the team this year. We have a very talented, positive and enthusiastic group. Come check it out at the Hellman Tennis Complex at Cal Berkeley.

New Faces: We have three new additions to our roster this year: freshmen Valerie Meise, Nisha Dixit, and Jennifer-Lee Heinser. Valerie is from Bielefeld, Germany. At the age of 19 she is one of the best tennis players in Germany. She was the U14 Girls Champion in Germany in 2000. Her best WTA ranking was 943 and she played some tournaments on tour in 2003 and 2004. Her best ranking in Germany was 54.

Jenni is one of the top recruits in USF women's tennis history and brings an outstanding tennis resume to the Hilltop. After achieving USTA top-25 singles rankings from 2000-2003, highlighted by a No. 2 ranking in USTA 14's in 2001, Heinser earned her highest ITF Junior World Rank of No. 16 in 2005. The all-surface player reached the 2005 doubles quarterfinals at the 2005 Wimbledon Junior Championships and advanced to the singles round of 16 in the 2005 Junior French Open. Heinser posted impressive results in her first full year on the ITF Tour capturing a doubles title and runner-up in singles at a pair of ITF events: the Chanda Rubin ITF Junior Classic and the North/Central American & Caribbean Closed ITF Junior Championships. A doubles finalist and singles quarterfinalist at the Yucatan Cup, the Miami, Florida native reached the semifinals in singles and doubles at the USTA International Winter Championships.

Nisha is a local standout from Los Altos, CA and has posted an impressive resume in USTA Northern California competition. We truly welcome our three additions to the Dons family this year.

Drop Shots: Freshman Jenni Heinser won the 2006 San Francisco City Open defeating Stanford's Leija Hodzic 6-4, 6-2 in the Finals. We are so excited to have Jenni join our tennis program here at USF. She will have a huge impact and is just the type of player we need to bring our program to another level. Her level of play, her professionalism and her attitude are all so admirable. She is a very special player to have here at USF.