July 3, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Seton Hall tennis head coach Greg Wyzykowski finalized a new-look roster for the 2014-15 season on Thursday afternoon, announcing that the fourth and final addition to a squad that won 12 matches in the spring will be Gonzaga University transfer Isabell Klingert (Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany).
Klingert spent two seasons in Spokane with the Bulldogs. She will be able to compete for The Hall immediately and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
A polished player with extensive experience playing at the highest level in her native Germany, Klingert saw her results dramatically improve during her sophomore campaign for the Zags as she helped the program reach a number of milestones.
For the season, she ranked third on the team with 13 individual victories and tied for first with 18 appearances in the singles lineup in 19 dual matches. One of the matches she featured in was a landmark victory over #65 San Diego in Spokane, marking the squad’s first-ever triumph over a ranked opponent. The result helped vault Gonzaga into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings for the first time in program history where the Bulldogs enjoyed a stint among the top-70 teams in the country.
Klingert was equally impactful on the doubles court in 2013-14 as she finished with a final tally of 11 wins; the fourth-highest mark on the squad.
The impressive display followed a freshman season in which six of her seven singles victories came in straight sets, including a dominant showing in her first and only appearance at the top position.
Prior to traveling stateside, Klingert established herself as one of the top youth players in Germany, ascending to the Regionaliga – the nation’s premier amateur league. Her ledger included several championship appearances at prestigious cup tournaments as well as three finals appearances at the U-21 level during the year prior to embarking on her collegiate career.
Klingert joins a team that includes classmate Hannah Liljekvist (Djursholm, Sweden), a fellow West Coast Conference (WCC) transfer who earned All-BIG EAST honors in her first season with the Pirates year after spending her freshman year as a part of a nationally-ranked Saint Mary’s (CA) squad.
“Isabell is a great addition to our program,” said Wyzykowski. “She brings a diverse skill set that will enable her to come in and contribute in a variety of ways. Isabell is an experienced player who is accustomed to playing against top competition each time out and as we saw with Hannah, I believe that will translate extremely well to our team as we look to continue to assert ourselves as a force in the BIG EAST.”
Klingert joins an incoming class that includes three decorated freshmen in Katie Kim (Honolulu, Hawaii), Marisa Quevedo (Tyler, Texas) and Luize Liva Strike (Riga, Latvia).
The quartet of new faces will join Liljekvist, junior Julia Keenan (Greenland, N.H.) and seniors Anna Guryanova (Moscow, Russia) and Madison Shoemaker (Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia) in blue and white. Together they will look to continue to build on the recent progress within the program despite the departures of the school’s all-time winningest doubles duo Rocio Portela and three-time All-BIG EAST performer Chloe Sher who graduated in May.
“A big part of the improvement that we have made has been the leadership within the team and the environment it helped create,” Wyzykowski explained. “Rocio and Chloe were terrific for us both on and off the court and while they will be missed, I have all the confidence that with Hannah and Madison as our new captains we will maintain the same dedication to success.”