Courtesy: USD Athletics
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Former Torero tennis great Zuzana Lesenarova was 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.
"She had a God given gift; an ability that I haven't seen in many players ever at the collegiate level" said University of San Diego Head Coach Sherri Stephens. "It takes a special care with her, because she is so good that we had to pretty much structure things around her as an individual."
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 made up the second ever WCC Hall of Honor class and were 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.
"She was giving to the program and to the university by being an ITA All-American, National Champion and all the other accolades she got as a player here", said Stephens.