Women's Tennis Signs Two To Letters of Intent

Nov. 13, 2003

LOS ANGELES - Lindsey Nelson of Villa Park (Calif.) High and Nicole Leimbach of Pine Creek High in Colorado Springs, Colo., signed letters of intent with the USC women's tennis team, head coach Richard Gallien announced today.

'We could not be more elated to have signed two such accomplished and competitive tennis players,' said Gallien, who is in his ninth season at USC. 'They are both ferocious competitors, as well as great student-athletes, around whom we will be able to build our team over the next four years.'

As one of the top prep players in Southern California, Nelson has enjoyed a great deal of success at the high school level. As a junior, she went 48-0 in dual matches, won her third Century League singles title and reached the CIF Southern Section singles final for the second consecutive season. She was named to the Orange County Register all-county first team as both a junior (2002) and sophomore (2001). Nelson has been ranked as high as No. 3 in the USTA (United States Tennis Association) 18s in 2002, and No. 1 in the SCTA (Southern California Tennis Association) 16s and 18s in 2001 and 2002.

Leimbach, who attends Pine Creek in Colorado Springs, has enjoyed much success on the ITF junior circuit, even entering the international singles rankings (No. 251) in 2002. She was ranked as high as No. 1 in the USTA 16s in 2002. This season she has already captured three singles titles at the Girls 18 Texas, El Paso and Roxy Opens.

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