UTEP tennis’ Vivienne Kulicke | Photo courtesy UTEP
UTEP women’s tennis standout Vivienne Kulicke will compete in the pre-qualifying round at the prestigious Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. taking place Oct. 2-9.
Kulicke, who finished 14th in the 2016 Oracle ITA Tennis Rankings in the Texas region earlier in the year, is the first in UTEP history to be invited to the Championships.
In her first year as a Miner, Kulicke totaled an overall record of 25-10 in singles action while registering 21 wins in straight sets. She spent most of her time at the No. 1 position in dual play, where she ended the season with a 15-5 mark.
The Hamburg, Germany native became the first nationally ranked tennis athlete for the Orange and Blue in over 20 years when she broke into the ITA rankings at the national level at No. 107 on Feb. 23 and she remained among the top-125 for nine-straight weeks.
Kulicke was honored by Conference USA earlier this year by being named the C-USA Newcomer of the Year and a First-Team All-C-USA Singles selection, becoming the first in school history to earn the awards since joining C-USA in 2005.