Laura Claus
Laura Claus

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Wiesbaden, Germany

High School:
Gutenberg Gymnasium Wiesbaden

Height:
5-9

Experience:
3V

05/14/2013

Torero Athletes Honored at Celebration of Excellence

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

04/22/2013

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

04/17/2013

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

Toreros move down to one spot to No. 54

04/13/2013

Toreros Fall Short to Pepperdine, Lose 4-3

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

04/12/2013

Toreros Outlast LMU 4-3

Laura Claus wins pressure-packed third set to give USD their fifth WCC win

03/20/2012

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, scottphoto.net

08/25/2011

2011 West Coast Conference Championships

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

03/30/2010

Women Netters 2010

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

03/30/2010

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