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DU tennis teams to make racket this season

The University of Denver’s women’s tennis team has a new head coach, new players, and a rejuvenated excitement for the upcoming season.

Jeremy Wurtzman, formally the assistant coach for the DU men’s program from 2006–08 and at his alma mater, Ohio State, in 2008¬–09, replaces Amy Jensen, who resigned May 13.

“Jeremy is a rising star in the coaching profession and we welcome him back to DU,” says Peg Bradley-Doppes, vice chancellor for athletics and recreation and Ritchie Center operations.

Last year, the women’s tennis team had perhaps its finest season in history, posting a 23-3 record, a Sun Belt Conference Championship and NCAA tournament appearance. The Pioneers advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, marking the team’s highest ever showing for NCAA Division I tennis. DU was eliminated by No. 21 Mississippi, 4-1, in the Georgia Tech Regional. The Pioneers also reached a program-high No. 19 ranking.

This year, the team has its sights set on the NCAA tournament once again.

“We plan to build off of last year’s team success,” Wurtzman says.  “We want to win the conference and make the NCAA tournament.”

Wurtzman says seniors Julia Bauregger and Ute Schnoy have helped make the program what it is today and are stepping up as leaders and captains.

“This team has had a lot of success and I am excited to lead the pack,” Wurtzman says.

Over on the men’s tennis team, the Pioneers will have to get used to life without Benny Althaus, who graduated.

Last year, the men’s team made the Sun Belt Conference semifinals, where they were eliminated from post-season play by Middle Tennessee.

The team is looking forward to the 2009–10 season with Danny Westerman, head coach for three seasons, and Chris Lam entering his second season as an assistant with the Pioneers.

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