2011 West Coast Conference Championships from Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, CA.
Honors & Awards:
SD Hall of Champions Star of the Month - April 2013
2012 1st Team All-WCC - Singles
2012 1st Team All-WCC - Doubles (w/ Maja Sujica)
2011 All-WCC Honorable Mention - Singles
2011 All-WCC Honorable Mention - Doubles (w/ Maja Sujica)
2011 & 2012 WCC Doubles Player of the Month (March - w/ Maja Sujica)
2012 & 2013 WCC All-Academic
WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll - 2011, 2012 & 2013
2011 & 2012 ITA Scholar Athlete
2nd in doubles wins by a pair (w/ Maja Sujica) in a single season - 23 (2012)
5th in doubles wins in a single season - 23 (2012)
10th in doubles winning pct. in a single season - .793 (23-6 in 2012)
T-2nd in career doubles wins by a pair (w/ Maja Sujica) - 39 (2011-12)
10th in career doubles winning pct. - .666 (55-28)
Career-high ITA Singles Ranking: #75 (Sept. 7, 2012)
Career-high ITA Doubles Ranking: N/A
Junior (2012-13): Tied with Marta Stojanovic for the team-lead in overall singles wins (17). and for dual match singles victories (14)... Went 17-10 overall in singles and 14-6 in dual matches while playing at the No. 3, 4, and 5 spot... Posted a 13-13 overall doubles record and a 9-11 mark in dual matches, playing at all three spot in the Toreros lineup... Played with seven different doubles partners... Was named April Star of the Month by the San Diego Hall of Champions after going 5-2 in singles during the month... Was named to the WCC All-Academic team for the second year in a row with a 3.87 GPA... Also named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Sophomore (2011-12):Named first-team All-WCC in singles and doubles (w/ Maja Sujica)... Combined with Sujica to set a USD record with 19 dual doubles wins as a pair; they went 23-6 overall and 19-2 in dual play... Also moved into second place in the USD record books after teaming with Sujica to win 39 career doubles matches as a pair... She and Sujica earned WCC Doubles Team of the Month honors for March... Posted a 21-11 overall singles record and a 15-7 dual singles mark... Split her time between No. 3 and No. 4, going 8-0 in the No. 3 slot... Earned her first-career ITA singles ranking coming at No. 97 on Mar. 13... Set a new career-long singles winning streak by winning nine straight contests between Feb. 17 and Mar. 25... Named WCC All-Academic with a 3.83 GPA... In the fall, went 6-4 in singles while competing in the SDSU Fall Classic I, ITA Southwestern Regionals and ASU Thunderbird Invitational... Named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll with a 3.86 GPA and was an ITA Scholar-Athlete.
Freshman (2010-11): Compiled an overall singles record of 23-10 with a dual singles mark of 20-4 playing primarily at No. 5... Was an All-WCC honorable mention selection in singles and doubles with partner Maja Sujica... Put together a winning streak of seven-consecutive singles matches from March 16th to April 2nd... Won all three of her singles contests in the WCC Championships to help USD finish second... Defeated UNLV's Jana Albers 6-4, 7-5 to help the Toreros advance to the second round of the NCAAs... In doubles, was 19-9 overall and 17-6 in dual doubles play teaming mostly with Sujica at No. 3... Was named WCC Player of the Month in doubles with Sujica for the month of March... Won nine-straight doubles matches with Sujica from March 19th to April 21st... Named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll as well as an ITA Scholar Athlete after compiling a 3.84 GPA.
High School/Junior: Attended Helmholtz-Gymnasium Essen Eliteschule des Sports in Germany... Earned a No. 3 ranking in Germany in her age group and a No. 97 ranking among German women... Junior team competed in the highest division in Germany... High school team played in the state final four years in a row... Won first singles points for WTA rankings this past summer... Participated in the German Championships every year since she was eight years-old, making it to the final three times in a row in doubles and playing in the semi-finals in singles... Won several local singles and doubles titles in Germany.
Personal: Born April 21, 1992 in Aachen, Germany to Theo and Beate Depenau... Her father, Theo, is a lawyer and she has two older sisters, Lisa, 21, who studies medicine, and Laura, 26, who works for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011... Has a dog named Nike... Worked for the FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup the summer of 2010 and would like to have that job in the future... Started playing tennis at age three and parents also played tennis... Opted not to pursue a professional tennis career because she felt that college would better prepare her to be successful in business and her social life... Points out that her main goal is to be happy with her work ethic and the most motivating thing for her is the desire to improve... Was also recruited by Pepperdine, Maryland, Purdue, Boise State, Nebraska, and Auburn... Chose USD because they had the best tennis team, coaches, campus, and city.
"You can compare your life to a tree. You want to grow as high as possible. But at first the tree needs roots to be resilient later. Although I will work very hard to reach my goals, we should never forget to enjoy life. The most important thing is that you should never take life too seriously. I am sure that USD, the tennis team, the coaches, and everything else will be perfect and I hope that our season will be successful!"
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