USC All-American Nicole Leimbach To Transfer to TCU

June 1, 2005

Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 19 TCU women's tennis team announced today that All-American Nicole Leimbach will transfer to TCU next year to continue her education and be a part of the Horned Frog tennis program. As a freshman at Southern California, Leimbach was the Pac-10 Player of the Year and is expected to be among the top-10 players in the country in the final ITA singles rankings that will be released on Friday.

"We're really excited to get a player of Nicole's caliber to come to TCU," said Head Coach Dave Borelli. "Last year we were able to get Story (Tweedie-Yates) to transfer from Stanford and now getting Nicole to come from USC speaks volumes about where our program is going. We're getting to the point where people realize that we're an up-and-coming program that will continue to get better."

During her freshman campaign in Los Angeles, Leimbach finished with a 32-12 singles record while playing at the No. 1 singles spot for the Women of Troy. In April at the Pac-10 Championships, Leimbach won the singles title when she topped Alice Barnes of Stanford in the final. For her efforts, she was a First Team All-Pac-10 selection and the Player of the Year.

On the professional stage, Leimbach has claimed two Pro Circuit titles in her young career - in Evansville, Ind. and Southlake, Texas in 2004. She has climbed as high as No. 476 in the world rankings and she is currently No. 615 as of May 23.

Heading into the collegiate ranks, the Colorado Springs, Colo., native was the nation's top recruit in 2004, as she was the top ranked junior in the 14s, 16s and 18s. She was a four-time 4A State High School Champion at Pine Creek High School, where she was the 2004 National High School Association Athlete of the Year.

The Frogs, who advanced to the Round of 32 at the NCAA Championship last month, have nine players returning next season, including All-American Ana Cetnik and NCAA singles qualifier Helena Besovic. Seniors Paige Brown, Karla Mancinas and Tweedie-Yates, a singles and doubles All-American, have all completed their eligibility.



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