May 4, 2012

Vlasak adds two more to tennis

Fall Signing Story

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

GREELEY – Northern Colorado women’s tennis coach Brenda Vlasak announced Friday her final two additions to the roster for the 2012-13 season in Claire Uhle and Madison Henning.

“I am extremely pleased with the two final additions to our roster,” said Vlasak. “I believe these two young ladies have what it takes to join our team and immediately become part of the family.”

Uhle is a National Letter of Intent signee from Blue Bell, Penn., and Wissahickon High School. She was the No. 1 singles player as a freshman and junior and No. 2 as a sophomore. In her senior year, she played No. 3 singles on the boy’s team, earning a total of four letters. In that senior campaign, she was undefeated at No. 3. She was the 2010 conference champion, the Suburban One League Player of the Year and reached the state quarterfinals. In her freshman and sophomore seasons she reached the conference finals and the quarterfinals at districts in both singles and doubles.

“Claire is a tough player who will come in and make an immediate impact,” said Vlasak. “She is the type of player that never gives up and is very determined. She is a crafty all around player that will give her opponents headaches and I can’t wait to see her start competing.”

Henning comes south to the Bears from Bozeman, Mont., where she is a four-year letterman in tennis. She is the fourth-best player in Montana according to the USTA and ranked 56th in the USTA Intermountain rankings. She is a three-time all-conference selection heading into the end of her senior year and was an all-state pick and finished 2nd at State AA as a junior. Also a member of the National Honor Society, she has been named to three academic all-state teams the past three years.

“Madi Henning is another great addition to our team,” Vlasak stated. “She is a hard worker both on and off the court and will bring a dedicated work ethic. She has a ton of talent and will only improve.

The pair joins Hilary Walters-West, who signed during the early period in the fall.

“There is no doubt in my mind that our incoming freshman Hilary Walters-West, Claire Uhle and Madison Henning will help us get to the next level,” concluded Vlasak.