Laura Claus
Laura  Claus


Wiesbaden, Germany

High School:
Gutenberg Gymnasium Wiesbaden




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


Toreros Outlast LMU 4-3

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


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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2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
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Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
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Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
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NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
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2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
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Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
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Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
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Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
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2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
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The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
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MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
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USD Baseball Season Preview
Season starts at No. 3 Vanderbilt February 19
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USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
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UCLA Preview
USD travels to No. 9 UCLA Friday
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Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
USD looks to defend home court against No. 22 Kentucky
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Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
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Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
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Men's Tennis 2016
USD opens at home vs UC Irvine and UCSD Saturday
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BYU Preview
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.

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City Championship Highlights
Relive the Toreros' Upset over SDSU at Petco Park

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Toreros to Host Hope International
The 9-1 Toreros will host Hope International in their final game before WCC play

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Toreros Stun Aztecs at Petco
Postgame reaction and press conferences

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Toreros Return Home
USD will host Bethesda before Sunday's City Championship at Petco Park

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Men's Basketball Season Tickets
Starting as Low as $99

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Butler Preview
Pono Keni and Coach Lindsey talk about Saturday's Senior Day game against Butler

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CSUN Preview
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN

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USC Preview
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC

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Davidson Preview
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game

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San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic

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Nevada Preview
USD's Women's Basketball team will start their season at Nevada this weekend

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USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops

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Campbell Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell

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Stetson Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far

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WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day

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Warner Recap
Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win

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Warner Preview

Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner

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Torero Community Service

USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego

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Men's Basketball Camp Update

Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season

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Drake Preview

Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game

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Dayton Preview

Toreros look for 4th straight win

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LMU Preview

Pack the Stadium Night

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ITA All-American's Preview

Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare

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Marist Preview

USD Looks to Extend Home Win Streak

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Valparaiso Preview

Toreros First True Road Game of 2015

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CSUN and UCSB Preview

Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak

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Aztec Invite Recap

Both Squads Finish Second

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SDSU Preview

Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival

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WNMU Recap

Highlights from 45-21 win

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2015 Home Opener

Previewing Western New Mexico

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Volleyball Tournament Preview

A preview of the USD Tournament
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Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
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Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
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2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.


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