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Jessica Lehnhoff
  • (LEN-hoff)
  • Senior, 5-7, Right-handed
  • Delray Beach, Fla. (All-Star Academy)

CAREER NOTES: Career-high ITA singles ranking: 1 (April 17 & 24, May 1, 2002) ... Career-high ITA doubles ranking: 1 (Final 2001 ranking with Whitney Laiho)... Seven-time All-American: 1999, 2000, 2001 & 2002 Doubles All-American; 2000, 2001 & 2002 Singles All-American ... three-time Grand Slam champion ... 2001 Riviera All-American Singles champion ... 2001 Riviera All-American Doubles champion with Lindsay Dawaf ... 2001 NCAA Doubles champion with Laiho ... 2002 ITA National Senior Player of the Year ... 2002 NCAA Singles Finalist ... became first-ever Gator to reach the semifinals of both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships in the same year ... one of six players in the country named to the 2001 USA Tennis Collegiate Team, sponsored by the USTA & ITA... advanced to the third round of the 2001 U.S. Open with Laiho, losing to tennis legends Martina Navratilova (USA) and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) 6-3, 6-0, after defeating Ashley Harkleroad (USA) and Bethanie Mattek (USA) 6-2, 7-5 in the first match and Emmanuelle Gagliardi (SUI) and Meilen Tu (USA) 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in the second round ... by reaching the third round, Laiho and Lehnhoff tied the best performance by the reigning NCAA women’s doubles champions at the U.S. Open with Louise Allen and Gretchen Rush of Trinity (Texas), who lost to No. 5 seeds Billie-Jean King and Sharon Walsh in 1983.

Also of Note (upon completion of eligibility): 136 career singles wins ranks sixth all-time in UF history ... 114 career doubles wins ranks fourth all-time in UF history ... 250 combined career wins ranks fourth all-time in UF history.

AS A SENIOR (2001-02)
Awards: ITA National Senior Player of the Year ... Gladys Heldman Award (nation’s top senior based on athletic, academic, sportsman-ship and community service) ... ITA South Region Senior of the Year ... SEC Athlete of the Year ... MVP of the SEC Tournament ... First Team All-SEC at the No. 1 singles position ... Second Team All-SEC ... SEC Athlete of the Week (March 11-17) ... On Oct. 14, 2001, won the Riviera All-American Doubles Championship (with Lindsay Dawaf), shortly after winning the Singles title, becoming only the third player in collegiate history to sweep the singles & doubles titles at the Riviera All-American Championships ... voted Most Valuable Player (UF team award) ... Ben Hill Griffin Award Winner (presented annually to one male and one female athlete at UF for their combination of athletic & academic achievement) ... team co-captain.
Singles: Final ITA Rank: 2; Season & Career-high ITA Rank: 1 (April 17 & 24, May 1, 2002); Primary Dual Match Position: No. 1; record against ranked opponents: 25-4; record in three-set matches: 5-2
Spring: Became the ninth Gator to reach the final of the NCAA Singles Championship, where she lost to top-seeded Bea Bielik from Wake Forest 6-2, 6-0 - that final match was her 18th played over a 10-day span ... No. 3 seed in the NCAA Singles Championship... provided an emotional 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win over No. 9 Vilmarie Castellvi of Tennessee in the NCAA Team Semifinal ... dropped just a total of six games in her first three completed NCAA matches entering the semis ... has just three losses this season, with one coming against top-ranked Bea Bielik of Wake Forest and the other two coming against Kelly McCain of Duke, who was ranked fourth during the dual match meeting ... two of her three losses this season were three-set decisions ... named MVP of the SEC Tournament after going 3-0, including her 7-6 (2), 6-2 win over Vanderbilt’s 11th-ranked Sarah Riske in the semifinals, where Lehnhoff rallied from a 4-0 first-set deficit to provide the clinching team win in the 4-3 victory.
Fall: Received the No. 1 seed in the 32-player draw of the Omni Hotels National Indoor Championships and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Duke’s Kelly McCain 6-2, 6-4 ... became only the third player in collegiate history to sweep the singles & doubles titles at the Riviera All-American Championships, posting a 5-0 record – all straight sets — en route to the singles crown ... defeated No. 1 Bea Bielik of Wake Forest 6-1, 4-0 in the quarterfinals, Fresno State’s Kim Niggemeyer 6-1, 6-4 in the semis and Old Dominion’s No. 4 ranked Nataly Cahana 6-2, 6-0 in the final ... opened the season winning the FSU Lady Seminole Classic, posting four straight-set victories.
Doubles: Final ITA Rank: 4; Season-high ITA Rank: 2 (Dec. 11 & March 24 with Lindsay Dawaf); Primary Dual Match Position: No. 1 (with Dawaf)
Spring: Advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Champi-onships with Dawaf, before falling to eventual NCAA-champion and top-seeded Lauren Kalvaria & Gabriela Lastra from Staford 6-2, 6-4 ... played every dual match at the No. 1 position with Dawaf, where the duo posted a 18-6 record ... 14-7 against ranked opponents, including a 6-4 mark versus top-10 ranked teams ... won her first title on the USTA Professional Circuit, teaming with Vanessa Webb of Canada to win the doubles title at the USTA Satellite of Tallahas-see. Lehnhoff and Webb, a former Duke University standout, defeated the event’s top three seeds to win the championship, downing No. 3 seeds Courtenay Chapman of Jackson, Miss., and Lioudmilla Skavronskaia of Russia, 6-4, 6-4, in the quarterfinals, No. 1 seeds Alyssa Cohen of Parkland, Fla., and Petra Rampre of Slovenia, 6-4, 6-0, in the semifinals and No. 2 seeds Ivana Abramovic of Croatia and Jackie Trail of Raleigh, N.C., 6-4, 6-3, in the final.
Fall: Reached the quarterfinals of the Omni Hotels National Indoor Championships with Dawaf ... paired with Dawaf for the first time ever and captured the Riviera All-American Championships, which included a 8-6 win over defending champions Lauren Kalvaria and Gabriela Lastra from Stanford and an 8-4 victory over Oklahoma State’s Linda Faltynova and Katarzyna Kolodynska in the final.

AS A JUNIOR (2000-01)
Awards: NCAA Doubles Champion ... ITA South Region Player to Watch ... ITA National Doubles Team of the Year (with Laiho) ... Singles All-American ... Doubles All-American ... ITA National Doubles Team of the Month (with Laiho) for April after going 5-0 ... Most Valuable Player (team award) ... First Team All-SEC Singles (No. 2 position) ... First Team All-SEC Doubles (No. 1 position) ... SEC Athlete of the Week for the week of April 3-9, when she posted four wins in two dual matches, including a pair of victories against No. 4 Georgia which lifted UF into sole possession of first place in the SEC standings.
Singles: Final and Season-high ITA rank: 12; Primary dual match position: No. 2; record against ranked opponents: 13-4; record in three-set matches: 1-3
Spring: Reached the second round of the NCAA Singles Champion-ships, defeating California’s Anita Kurimay 6-4, 6-7 2), 6-3, before losing a tough 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 decision to top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Laura Granville from Stanford ... defeated South Florida’s Genevieve Houle 6-0, 6-0 (Feb. 22) to spark a 16-match winning streak and did not drop a set during the run ... the streak was halted against Georgia’s Mariel Verban (April 21), who handed her a 6-3, 6-2 defeat in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament ... during the winning streak, she tallied six wins over nationally ranked opponents ... posted two 6-0, 6-0 victories.
Fall: Opened the fall season winning her first 11 matches, not dropping a set during the streak and capturing two tournament titles... won the second tournament title her of career, defeating FSU’s Alida Gallovits 6-2, 6-0 in the final of the Lady Seminole Classic... won the St. Mary’s Health Systems Classic hosted by Tennessee, defeating teammate Julia Scaringe 6-1, 6-3 in the final... reached the final of the SEC Coaches Fall Classic in Stone Mountain, Ga., where she lost to top-seeded and 15 th -ranked Julie Ditty from Vanderbilt ... declared co-champion of the ITA South Regional Championships with Georgia’s Anne Nguyen, after both reached the finals but were unable to play because of rain.
Doubles: Final & Season-high ITA rank: 1 (final ranking with Whitney Laiho); Primary dual match position: No. 1
Spring: Teamed with Laiho to win the NCAA Doubles Champion-ships with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Stanford’s Laura Granville and Gabriel Lastra in the final ... defeated top-ranked Lauren Barnikow and Lauren Kalvaria from Stanford 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals of the NCAA doubles championships ... brought a perfect 25-0 overall record with Laiho entering the NCAA Championships, including a 20-0 record in dual match action and a 10-0 mark in the SEC ... have been pushed to a pro-set tiebreaker twice, including in the thrilling comeback against Georgia’s Agata Cioroch and Tina Hojnik when Laiho and Lehnhoff were trailing 5-1 and receiving: The next four games in the match featured service breaks, with the Lady Bulldog duo taking a 6-3 lead. Laiho then held serve before the Gators earned another service break to close to 6-5. But on the next game, UF couldn’t hold and Cioroch was serving for the match at 7-5. Florida broke right back and the teams held serve over the next three games to force a tiebreak, where the Gators jumped out to a 4-1 lead and never looked back en route to the 9-8 (2) victory.
Fall: Paired with Julia Scaringe to win the Lady Seminole Classic, defeating teammates Lindsey Dawaf & Edit Pakay 8-1 in the final ... won the consolation draw of the St. Mary’s Health Systems Classic hosted by Tennessee with Scaringe, upsetting UT’s ninth-ranked team of Castellvi and Ojeda in the final ... played with Laiho at the ITA South Regional Championships and was declared co-champion after rain soaked the final day of competition, when the duo reached the final.

AS A SOPHOMORE (1999-00)
Honors: Singles All-American... Doubles All-American... Second-Team All-SEC (doubles)... Dorothy Anderson Scholarship winner (combo of academics, character on & off court)
Singles: Season-high ITA rank: 16 (March 16); Final rank: 23; Primary dual match position: No. 2... earned a bid to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships, where she reached the quarterfinals, losing a tough battle against fifth-ranked Aarthi Venkatesan of Georgia 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-0 after beating Baylor’s 20th-ranked Jahnavi Parekh 6-2, 6-1 in the third round; defeated Tennessee’s Alison Ojeda 6-4, 6-1 in the first round and Utah’s Megan Dorny 7-5, 7-5 in the second round ... provided the clinching dual match victory four times this season, including the 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 upset win over 8th-ranked Esther Knox - after losing to Knox 6-4, 6-2 just two weeks ago - to clinch UF’s 5-1 victory over 2nd-ranked Georgia in the SEC Tournament championship match and her 6-2, 6-3 win over LSU’s Ana Paula Mores in the SEC Tournament quarterfinal ... captured the No. 2 Flight of the St. Mary’s Health System Classic hosted by Tennessee, defeating teammate Julia Scaringe 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, in the final... reached the semifinals of the SEC Coaches Fall Classic, losing to teammate Traci Green 7-6 (0), 2-6, 6-4... advanced to the finals of the Clay Court Championships consolation draw after losing to Duke’s 15 th -ranked Megan Miller 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the main draw... versus nationally ranked opponents: 13-9... in three-set matches: 6-5.
Doubles: Season-high ITA rank: 9 (April 12 with Whitney Laiho); Final rank: 15 (with Laiho); Primary dual match position: No. 1 (with Laiho)... earned a bid to compete in the NCAA Doubles Champion-ships (with Laiho), where the pair lost 7-6 (3), 6-3 to Pepperdine’s sixth-ranked Ipek Senoglu and Paola Palencia in the first round ... provided the team’s clinching dual match point (with Laiho) after an 8-5 win over Vanderbilt’s 11 th -ranked Blumberg & Burson... won the No. 1 doubles flight (with Scaringe) at the St. Mary’s Health System Classic hosted by Tennessee... captured the SEC Coaches Fall Classic (with Scaringe), defeating UF teammates Camino & Green, 9-8 (9) in the final.

AS A FRESHMAN (1998-99)
Honors: All-American in doubles... second team All-SEC in doubles (with Nickitas)... represented the U.S. team versus Great Britain Oct. 27-31 in the Maureen Connolly Challenge.
Singles: Season-high ITA rank: 45 (March 9); Final rank: 65; Primary dual match position: Nos. 3-4... provided UF’s clinching team point in its NCAA second round match against Arizona with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) victory over Michelle Gough... earned the seventh alternate position in a bid into the NCAA Singles Championships... provided the clinching dual match point in UF’s first round victory over Notre Dame in the National Team Indoor Championships... versus nationally ranked opponents: 5-4... in three-set matches: 2- 1.
Doubles: Season-high ITA rank: 4 (Fall with Stephanie Nickitas); Final rank: 8 (with Nickitas); Primary dual match position: No. 1... earned a bid into the NCAA Doubles Championships (with Nickitas), where the duo advanced to the quarterfinals before bowing out to San Diego’s Zuzana Lesenarova and Katarina Valkyova 7-6 (7), 6- 4... paired with Nickitas to clinch UF’s NCAA Semifinal victory over Duke with an 8-6 upset over third-ranked Karen Goldstein and Vanessa Webb... provided the clinching team point with junior Baili Camino at the National Team Indoor, where the pair defeated Duke’s Kathy Sell and Brook Siebel 9-7 at the No. 3 position in the finals to give UF the 5-4 win and the title... captured the ITA South Region Championship with Nickitas after a winning all five matches in convincing fashion, losing just 10 games... upset fourth-ranked Courtenay Chapman and Agnes Muzamel from Mississippi 8-0 in the ITA Regional semifinals... advanced to the semifinals of the Rolex Indoor Championships before losing 6-4, 6-4 to Georgia’s Marissa Catlin and Vanessa Castellano... captured her inaugural collegiate tournament in her debut event, winning the Gator Fall Classic with a 8-2 win over teammates Stephanie Hazlett and Whitney Laiho.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA
Jessica Lehnhoff trained at the International Tennis Academy in Delray Beach, Fla., for two years with coach Alan Ma during high school... fitness coaches were Dave Herman and Scott Delmastro... a member of the USA team (1998), USTA training assistance program, and USTA player development program... best career win was over Sonya Jeyaseelan, who was then-ranked No. 94 in the WTA listings... has played in the U.S. Open Juniors singles and doubles, in addition to the Junior French Open and Junior Wimbledon... achieved International Tennis Federation world rankings of No. 9 in the Girl’s 18’s in 1998 and No. 11 in 1996... in the U.S. national rankings: 14’s (1994) ranked No. 1; 16’s (1995) – No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles; 18’s (1997) – No. 1 singles... No. 1 ranked player in Guatemala in the 10’s, 12’s and 14’s before coming to the United States... playing in the girls 14’s tournaments, won the K-Swiss Nationals, Easter Bowl, Spring Fling, National Clay Court, Hard Court Nationals, Eddie Herr Internationals, Orange Bowl... playing in the 16’s singles won the National Clay Court and was a finalist at the Easter Bowl, finished third at the National Hard Courts, reached the semifinals of Eddie Herr, Orange Bowl, Torino Italy, Milano Italy and advanced to the quarterfinals of LaBaule, France.... in 16’s doubles competition, won Orange Bowl, was a finalist at the National Clay Courts and Hard Courts, while reaching the semifinals of Eddie Herr... in 18’s, won Reebok Cup (Venezuela)... also in 1997, reached the finals of Copa Del Café (Costa Rica), Easter Bowl and Reebok Cup (Venezuala)... played an exhibition for IMG in Japan with Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati, Chanda Rubin, Lori McNeil and Kimberly Po.

PERSONAL
Jessica J. Lehnhoff, daughter of Anne-Marie and the late Walter Lehnhoff... born on March 15, 1980 in Guatemala City, Guatemala where her and her family lived for ten years before moving to the US... has three brothers, Alex, Danny (who graduated from UF in 1996), and Chris... is fluent in English, Spanish and German... graduated from the All-Star Academy in 1998... began playing tennis at the age of seven and was taught by her three brothers... majoring in Communications - Production.


CAREER RECORD
OVERALL DUAL SEC NCAA
YEAR SINGLES SINGLES SINGLES SINGLES
1999 23-4 21-3 7-0 5-1
2000 39-10 23-5 9-2 6-3
2001 38-7 20-3 9-1 4-2
2002 36-4 20-2 10-0 9-1
Totals 136-25 84-13 35-3 24-7
OVERALL DUAL SEC NCAA
YEAR DOUBLES DOUBLES DOUBLES DOUBLES
1999 28-5 16-3 8-1 3-1
2000 19-6 12-4 6-1 1-2
2001 40-2 23-0 10-0 9-1
2002 27-9 18-6 7-2 7-3
Totals 114-22 69-13 31-4 20-7
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