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Stephanie Balzert Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 16, 2005
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Head Coach Vicky Maes: “Steffi finished last year playing some great tennis. With a little more confidence, she is a tough player to beat. We hope to see her have a strong, injury-free year."


Arizona - Junior Year (2004-05): Finished her first season with the Cats with an 18-18 singles record ... Longest winning streak of the season came in the fall at the Cal Nike Invitational (four matches) ... Had a 10-4 doubles record with Kelly Perry ... Went 1-1 with Camelia Todorova as a partner, and 2-5 with Kasia Jakowlew ... Went 6-8 in singles matches in the three position ... Was 0-1 at Nos. 2 and 4 ... Was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team.


Baylor ?- Sophomore Year (2003-04):  Finished the season 9-18 overall with her last match coming March 31 against SMU ... Went 0-4 against ranked opponents, including a three-set match to Arizona’s Dianne Hollands at the Baylor Invitational ...  Posted an 8-5 record in the fall, reaching the quarterfinals in two of her three tournaments ... Played in the No. 2 position for the first nine matches of the regular season before dropping to the No 3 slot for her last four appearances.


Baylor - Freshman Year (2002-03):  One of three Baylor players to chalk up 19 victories for the season, finishing with a 19-17 record ... Played the last five matches of the season at No. 2 ... Was 7-4 in Big 12 play (2-2 at No. 2, 3-2 at No. 3, and 2-0 at No. 4) ... Teamed with Izabela Mijic to win six straight doubles matches, the longest doubles streak on the team ... The pair went 7-1 together ... Finished the fall season with an 8-4 singles record and 4-5 doubles record with Vida Mulec ... Won three of her first four matches, and after a loss, won three in a row ... Lost in the Round of 16 at the ITA Southwest Regional ... Named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the fall semester.


High School:  Attended Wirtschaft swiss enschafliches Gymnasium in Saarbruecken, Germany.


Junior Tennis:  Was ranked No. 12 in the German Junior rankings and No. 28 in the European Junior rankings ... Third-place finish at ITF Cyprus Tournament (Aug. 2000) ...  Finished as runner-up in ETA Waiblingen and Baden-Baden tournaments (Sept. 1999).


Personal: Full name is Stephanie Antje Balzert ... Nickname is “Steffi” ... Born Aug. 1, 1982, in Voelkingler, Germany ... Parents are Erich and Marita Balzert ... Major is Spanish.


Why Arizona? Came to Arizona because it is one of the best schools in academics and athletics.


Favorites: Enjoys riding horses, listening to music and spending time with friends ... Swimming is her hidden talent ... Favorite food is fish... favorite TV show is Der Schuh des Manita.


Personal Goals for 2006: Hopes to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, be a supportive teammate, stay injury-free, and get to know her new teammates.

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