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Laura Claus
Laura  Claus


Wiesbaden, Germany

High School:
Gutenberg Gymnasium Wiesbaden




Former USD tennis standout Laura Claus making a difference

She is shining a light on Social Injustice


Torero Athletes Honored at Celebration of Excellence

Kris Bryant and Keenan Lineback were named Male and Female Torero of the Year


Toreros Aim For Another WCC Championship

USD enters the tournament as the No. 4 seed, will play No. 9 Gonzaga Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Barnes Tennis Center


Laura Claus up to No. 78 in ITA's singles rankings

Toreros move down to one spot to No. 54


Toreros Fall Short to Pepperdine, Lose 4-3

While celebrating senior day, the Toreros rallied from a 3-0 deficit, but fell just short


USD Women's Tennis vs. Nevada - 3/9/12

USD Women's Tennis vs. Nevada - 3/9/12 | Hogan Tennis Center | Photos by Brock Scott,


2011 West Coast Conference Championships

2011 West Coast Conference Championships from Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, CA.


Women Netters 2010

The USD Women's Tennis Team enjoys a little fun off the courts.


Women's Tennis Action Shots

Action Shots

Honors & Awards:

• 2013 2nd Team All-WCC - Singles
• 2012 All-WCC Honorable Mention - Singles
• 2012 2nd Team All-WCC - Doubles (w/ Juliette Coupez)
• 2011, 2012, & 2013 WCC All-Academic
• 2011 1st Team All-WCC - Singles
• 2011 All-WCC Honorable Mention - Doubles (w/ Josymar Escalona)
• WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll - 2011, 2012 & 2013
• 2011 & 2012 ITA Scholar Athlete
• 2011 WCC Doubles Player of the Month (February - w/ Josymar Escalona)
• 2010 2nd Team All-WCC - Singles
• 2010 All-WCC Honorable Mention - Doubles (w/ Justine Perl)

USD Records:

• T-8th in overall single season wins - 24 (2011)
• T-9th in wins by a doubles pair (w/ Josymar Escalona) in a single season - 16 (2011)
• 8th in career singles wins - 73
• T-8th in career doubles wins - 59

ITA Rankings:
• Career-high ITA Singles Ranking: #78 (4/16/13)
• Career-high ITA Doubles Ranking: #58 (w/ Shani Blecher, 3/26/13)

Senior (2012-13): Named to the All-WCC 2nd Team in singles... Posted a 14-11 overall singles record and a 10-9 dual singles mark playing at the No. 1 & 2... Made her way into the ITA rankings in both singles and doubles for the first time in her career... Was15-9 in doubles overall and 10-7 in dual doubles play, where she played at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots... Claus reached as high as No. 78 in singles (4/16/13) and No. 58 in doubles (with Shani Blecher on 3/26/13)... Was one of two captains on the team... Named to the WCC All-Academic team for the third straight year after posting a 3.96 cumulative GPA... Named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll with a 3.96 GPA.

Junior (2011-12):Named All-WCC honorable mention in singles and second team in doubles (w/ Juliette Coupez)... Posted a 21-9 overall singles record and an 11-5 dual singles mark playing primarily at No. 3... Closed out the season by winning her final eight matches... Was 11-11 in doubles overall and 9-8 in dual doubles play... Tallied a 10-4 singles record in the fall that included winning the consolation championship at the Longhorn Invitational... Also competed in the SDSU Fall Classic I, ITA Southwestern Regionals and the ASU Thunderbird Invitational... Was named WCC All-Academic with a 3.94 GPA... Named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll with a 3.95 GPA and was an ITA Scholar-Athlete.

Sophomore (2010-11): Led the team with a 24-6 overall singles record, including a 20-4 dual singles mark playing primarily at No. 3... Was selected as a first-team All-WCC honoree in singles and honorable mention in doubles with partner Josymar Escalona... Set a new career-long singles winning streak by winning 16 straight matches to finish the season... Won all three of her singles contests at the WCC Championships in the helping the Toreros finish second behind Pepperdine... Defeated UNLV's Nives Pavlovic 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the NCAA Team Championships, helping USD earn a 4-2 victory... Posted a 7-1 record against WCC opponents on the year... Was named WCC Player of the Month in doubles with Escalona for the month of February... Was a preseason All-WCC selection and a 2011 spring WCC first-team All-Academic pick after earning a 3.93 GPA... Was also named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll and an ITA Scholar Athlete.

Freshman (2009-10): Earned a starting role in the dual singles lineup at the No. 2 slot... Garnered a dual singles mark of 13-11 all at No. 2, while being the only Torero to compete in that position... Captured an overall dual doubles record of 15-10, posting her best mark of 12-4 at No. 3 alongside senior Justine Perl... Named to the All-WCC Second Team for singles... Received Honorable Mention for doubles with Perl... Helped the Toreros to a third place finish at the WCC Championships by earning singles victories over Kristina Zauere of Gonzaga (6-4, 6-0) and Kelly Lamble of Santa Clara (6-1, 6-3)... Also pocketed two tandem wins with Perl over the pairings of Sophie Lantta and Jackie Tabb (8-5) from Gonzaga and Andrea Oates and Tania Rice (8-3) from Pepperdine... During the fall, competed in the SDSU Fall Classic I.

High School/Prep: Attended Gutenberg Gymnasium Wiesbaden in Germany... Competed on high school team that was runner-up at the German Teams Competition... Made it to the quarterfinals of the German Junior Championships as a 16 year-old... Won a variety of German state titles throughout her junior career... Achieved a No. 13 ranking among all German juniors and No. 88 among all German women.

Personal: Born June 6, 1990 in Mainz, Germany to parents Dr. Dieter and Dr. Elisabeth Aust-Claus... Has a younger brother, Felix, who is 18 years-old... Father, Dieter, is a psychiatrist specializing in mental disorders and mother, Elisabeth, specializes in treating ADHD... She is interested in how the human mind works... Aspires to be a consultant for firms after graduating from USD... Enjoys painting, drawing, watching musicals, and visiting art galleries in her free time... Started playing tennis at age five... Also played field hockey as a child... Points to her making it to the quarterfinals of the German Junior Championships at only 16 years-old as one of her career highlights... Enjoys working hard and seeing the results pay off personally and for the team... Likes being able to balance school and tennis in the United States, which is hard to do in Germany... Also recruited by Northwestern University, USF, and Florida State... Chose to attend USD because of the reputation of the coaching staff as well as the academics.

"The spirit that is involved when we play as a team and the feeling that everyone would give everything to their teammates to win and pursue the goals that we are all sharing is incredible."

Major: Finance;Business Administration

Laura's Career Singles Records

Season Overall Dual Tourn. vs. Ranked vs. WCC No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5 No. 6
2012-13 14-11 10-9 4-2 3-9 5-5 6-6 4-3 --- --- --- ---
2011-12 21-9 11-5 10-4 1-3 7-1 --- 2-3 8-1 1-1 --- ---
2010-11 24-6 20-4 4-2 1-1 7-1 1-0 1-2 18-2 --- --- ---
2009-10 14-13 13-11 1-2 0-4 5-2 --- 13-11 --- --- --- ---
Career 73-39 54-29 19-10 5-17 24-9 7-6 20-19 26-3 1-1 --- ---

Laura's Career Doubles Records

Season Overall Dual Tourn. vs. Ranked vs. WCC No. 1 No. 2 No. 3
2012-13 15-9 10-7 5-2 0-1 5-4 7-6 3-1 ---
2011-12 11-11 9-8 2-3 --- 4-4 7-7 2-1 ---
2010-11 18-9 16-6 2-3 2-2 5-2 1-0 15-6 ---
2009-10 15-13 15-10 0-3 --- 6-1 --- 3-6 12-4
Career 59-42 50-31 9-11 2-3 20-11 15-13 23-14 12-4

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USD take on cross-town rival SDSU
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USD vs. Hartford highlights
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Toreros end the 2018 season against Gonzaga in the WCC finals.
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Women's win send them to the championship game
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Toreros close out 2018 season against BYU
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: "Off Day"
Toreros prepare for the WCC quarterfinals against BYU
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Quarterfinal Highlights
USD defeats BYU in quarterfinal of WCC Tournament
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Freshman guard knows how to prep for a win
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Toreros travel to Vegas for the WCC Tournament
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Toreros edge out top five team
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Toreros played No. 6 Gonzaga in a fight to the last minute
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Day in the Life
Guard Olin Carter III knows the games starts long before tip-off
Video Thumbnail Winter Saturday
Rowing, tennis, basketball and baseball, a winning day in the books
Video Thumbnail Baseball: For the Love of the Game
Baseball celebrates 60 years
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: Women in Sports Day
Julie Foudy spoke to student-athletes and guests for National Women in Sports Day
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: At LMU
Men's basketball on the road
Video Thumbnail Women's Rowing: Day in the Life
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Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Youth Basketball Clinic
Toreros lead clinic in local community
Video Thumbnail Men's Rowing: Winter Camp 2018
There are plenty perks to being the early bird
Video Thumbnail 60 Years of USD Baseball
Milestones on the road to Omaha
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Toreros showed their support and hosted local military members at the men's basketball game
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Toreros show their talent out of uniform
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Toreros play SDSU Thursday night at 8
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Football preps for second round of playoffs at NDSU
Video Thumbnail Football: NAU From the Sidelines
Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Thirteen
Football travels to NAU for the first round of the FCS Playoffs
Video Thumbnail Torero Tuesday
A day to give to Torero Athletics
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Twelve
Toreros gear up for last game of conference play
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Toreros prep for game day
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USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
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Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
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Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
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Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Video Thumbnail Halloween Hoopla
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Video Thumbnail Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Video Thumbnail Seamus Night
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Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Video Thumbnail Homecoming
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
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Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
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Video Thumbnail Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
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