Former Torero great Zuzana Lesenarova
Feb. 16, 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Former Torero tennis great Zuzana Lesenarova will be inducted into the WCC Hall of Honor on Saturday, March 6 at the West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament, held at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Zuzana made a tremendous impact on the collegiate women's tennis national scene during her time at the University of San Diego (1996-2000). A four-time ITA All-American, she is the school's only NCAA Division I national champion.
During her junior campaign, Lesenarova won the 1999 NCAA Division I national singles championship with a win over Stanford's Marissa Irvin in the final, ending her fabulous junior season as the No. 1 ranked player in the nation. In 1999 she won three of the four Grand Slam events, and all told won 37 career Grand Slam matches. Named the 1999 ITA National Player of the Year, she was rewarded with an invitation into the 1999 U.S. Open Championships. Additionally, she held the No. 1 singles ranking twice (1999, 2000), the No. 1 doubles ranking once (2000, w/Katrina Valkyova); is a two-time National Clay Court Champion; a three-time Semifinalist at the Rolex Indoors; a three-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year; and a three-time WCC All-Academic selection.
For her Torero career she finished with an overall record of 202-55 (139-25 in singles; 63-30 in doubles). On May 2, 2009, Zuzana was inducted into the University of San Diego's Chet & Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame. Zuzana will be joined by seven of the greatest athletes to have ever competed at a West Coast Conference institution. The members make up the second ever WCC Hall of Honor class and will be formally inducted at the 2010 WCC Hall of Honor Brunch on Saturday, March 6 at the Orleans Hotel and honored the next day during halftime of the first men's basketball semifinal game on March 7.
The achievements of this year's Hall of Honor inductees spans five decades in five different sports among the WCC's eight institutions. In addition to Lesenarova, this year's class includes Brandi Chastain of Santa Clara, one of the most decorated players in women's soccer history with two World Cup titles and two Olympic gold medals to her credit; Bo Kimble of Loyola Marymount, teammate of 2009 Hall of Honor inductee Hank Gathers and leader of the Lions' 1990 squad that made an unforgettable run to the Elite Eight; Anja Suomalainen from Saint Mary's, who was a two-time WCC Player of the Year in women's basketball still ranks in the top five in conference history in points, assists, and steals; Joe Etzel who has been associated with Portland athletics for nearly 50 years as he starred on the baseball field before taking over as head coach and later as the athletic director, holding the top post for over 30 years; Gail Hopkins of Pepperdine, a former All-American who became the first-ever Pepperdine player to reach the Major League; Jeff Brown of Gonzaga, who led the Bulldogs men's basketball team to their first-ever postseason appearance; and Bob St. Clair of San Francisco, who would go on to be selected NFL All-Pro nine times and be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.
2010 WCC Hall of Honor Inductees Jeff Brown, Gonzaga University Bo Kimble, Loyola Marymount University Dr. Gail Hopkins, Pepperdine University Joe Etzel, University of Portland Anja Suomalainen, Saint Mary's College Zuzana Lesenarova, University of San Diego Bob St. Clair, University of San Francisco Brandi Chastain, Santa Clara University