Marlene Dirnstorfer
Marlene Dirnstorfer

Class:
Graduate Student

Hometown:
Pinsdorf, Austria

Last College:
University of Vienna

Birthdate:
05/27/1981

Experience:
3L

Honors:
Tiger Academic 30 (Fall 2003); C-USA Academic Honor Roll (2003, 2004, 2005); Commissioner's Academic Medalist (2004, 2005); ITA Scholar-Athlete (2003, 2004, 2005); M-Club Female Student-Athlete of the Year (2005)


A 2004 Conference USA Third Team honoree for the women's tennis program, Dirnstorfer capped her three-year Lady Tiger career with a pair of degrees from the U of M, including an MBA which she finished in May of 2005...She finished her career with a 53-35 singles mark and a 51-34 doubles record. In May of 2005, she shared the M-Club Female Student Athlete of the Year Award with volleyball player Heather Watts and was also named the women's tennis team MVP.

Spring 2005: Led the Lady Tigers with a 9-9 singles record at No. 1...Teamed with freshman Brooke Cowie at No. 1 doubles for a 6-12 mark...Caps her Lady Tiger career with a 53-35 singles mark and a 51-34 doubles mark...Was named the M-Club Co Female Student-Athlete of the Year (2005), sharing that honor with Memphis volleyball player Heather Watts...Was also named the Team MVP...Completed her MBA in May of 2005.

Fall 2004: Was named to the Tiger Academic 30 for having one of the highest GPAs in Tiger athletics during the fall semester...Was also a member of the Tiger 3.0 club during the fall...Went 5-6 in singles during the fall and teamed with freshman Brooke Cowie to post an 8-3 mark in doubles...The duo of Dirnstorfer and Cowie won the Middle Tennessee doubles title.

Spring 2004: Was a Third Team All-Conference USA honoree after going 17-6 at No. 1 singles and teaming with Viktoria Gruber to post an 11-11 mark at No. 1 doubles...Was the first-ever Lady Tiger tennis player to Co-SIDA Academic All-District IV At-Large Second Team, qualifying for the Academic All-America ballot...Was named to the Tiger Academic 30 for having one of the 30 highest GPAs in Tiger athletics during the spring semester...Was also named to the Tiger 3.0 club during the spring...Played all 23 of her matches at No. 1 singles, going 5-3 at No. 1 against Conference USA foes...Was 12-11 at No. 1 doubles, going 11-11 with teammate Viktoria Gruber and 1-0 with Andrea Feichtinger...Played in 24 of the Lady Tigers' 25 matches.

Fall 2003: Went 1-4 in singles, winning her first match of the year against Catherine Allen from UT Chattanooga, 6-2, 6-4 at the UTC Fall Classic before falling to Jaclyn Leeper (Murray State), 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 16...Received a default from Jessie Mills from Austin Peay State to advance to the quarterfinals at the Middle Tennessee State tournament, where she fell to Luisa Lopez from Troy State, 6-2, 6-2...Fell to Leeper again in her first match at the U of M Varsity Pro Shop Invite, 6-2, 6-2 and fell to Katerina Lozanova from Saint Louis, 6-2, 6-3, in the consolation round...Finished with a 4-3 mark in doubles...Was 0-1 when teamed with Kristin Noble at UT Chattanooga, falling to Charlotte's Robey and Friedman, 8-5...Was 4-2 when teamed with Viktoria Gruber...That duo won three straight matches in the Middle Tennessee State tournament, advancing to the finals, where they lost to Middle Tennessee's Klaschka and McNamara, 8-2...Won their opening match in the U of M tournament, 8-1, over the Tennessee Tech team of Carter/Cansado before falling to Murray State's Lask/Lask, 8-6, in the semis.

Spring 2003: Posted a 12-4 mark in singles before missing the C-USA tournament due to injury...Was 6-3 at No. 5 singles and 3-1 at No. 4 singles...Also played one match at No. 3, finishing with a 1-0 mark...Was one of five Lady Tigers to earn an ITA Scholar Athlete Award...Teamed with senior Sumitra Rao to post a 13-5 mark at No. 2 doubles...The duo lost their first two doubles matches at Mississippi State and Mississippi, then went on a 11-match winning streak that included wins over opponents from fellow C-USA school Saint Louis, UAB and Cincinnati and a pair of wins over opponents from UALR and a win at Georgia State...The Lady Tigers broke into the national rankings after upending Georgia State...Both Rao and Dirnstorfer battled injuries toward the end of the season, with Dirnstorfer missing the conference tournament...Named the C-USA Player of the Week the week of Feb. 18th.

Fall 2002: Finished an impressive fall season with a 9-1 singles record, winning the C Singles title at the season-opening Saint Louis tournament by defeating teammate Andrea Feichtinger in the final, 3-6, 6-1, 10-7...Went 3-0 in the SIU-Carbondale tournament and advanced all the way to the finals of the C singles bracket at Middle Tennessee, where she suffered her only loss of the fall to Louisiana-Monroe's Matilde Taborda, 6-3, 6-3...Missed the University of Memphis/Varsity Pro Shop Invitational due to a foot injury...Teamed with Feichtinger to post a 3-0 mark in doubles at the season-opening tournament in Saint Louis...The duo won the C doubles with a 8-2 win over the team of Dressman and Wiles from Xavier...Teamed with senior Sumitra Rao for a majority of the doubles matches she played, posting an unblemished 6-0 record...Rao and Dirnstorfer won the B doubles championship at Middle Tennessee with an 8-6 win over the team of Basile (Ole Miss) and Vest (Middle Tennessee).

Prep: Attended the Business School in Gmunden and graduated in 2000...Attended the University of Vienna for one year...Was ranked No. 75 in Austrian women's singles and was ranked No. 1 in Upper Austria from ages 13-18...Won an Austrian championship in 2000 and won a provincial championship in Upper Austria...Participated in an ITF U18 tournament in Wels, Austria, advancing to the second round...Is also a state-certified tennis instructor and has been an official chair umpire since 1998...Became a state-approved tennis trainer in 2002 in Austria...Played in second-highest league in Austria (Staatsliga B) at No. 4 and No. 5 singles.

Personal: Born May 27, 1981... Is the daughter of Hubert and Margarete Dirnstorfer...Enjoys downhill skiing, climbing and tennis...Listens to Linkin Park and Ingram Hill...Lists her greatest on-court accomplishment as winning a U13 tournament in Austria...Would love to visit or play a match in New York...Received her BBA in International Business in May 2004 Summa Cum Laude...Will receive her master's degree in Business Administration in May of 2005

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