Viktoria Gruber
Viktoria Gruber

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Vienna, Austria

Last College:
University of Vienna

Birthdate:
04/22/1982


Fall 2003:
Went 3-4 in singles during the fall...Fell to UT Chattanooga's Cynthia Oulevay in the first round of the UTC Fall Classic before bouncing back to win a consolation round match before falling to Wofford's Tara Hartness...Had her longest winning streak of the season at Middle Tennessee, where she downed Jacksonville State's Zeynep Gurkaynak, 6-3, 6-4, then downed Western Kentucky's Karina Ledaja, 7-6 (7), 6-3, before falling to Troy State's Carolina Aravena, 6-2, 6-2, in the semifinals...Fell to SIU-Carbondale's Alejandra Blanco, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the semifinals of the U of M Varsity Pro Shop Tournament...Was 4-3 in doubles for the fall, teaming with Andrea Feichtinger at the UTC Fall Classic, where they fell to the team of Ribero and Rvero from Toledo, 8-4...Was then teamed with Marlene Dirnstorfer for the remainder of the fall...The duo won three straight matches at the Middle Tennessee Tournament before falling to Jennifer Klaschka and Laura McNamara, 8-2, in the finals of the A Doubles...The duo then won their U of M home tournament opener, 8-1, over the team of Carter and Cansado from Tennessee Tech, before falling to Murray State's Lask and Lask, 8-6, in the semifinals.

Sophomore
Spring 2003: Was 13-8 in singles, with a 10-4 record at No. 4 singles...Also played some matches at No. 3, finishing with a 2-4 mark and a 1-0 record at No. 2 with a win over UT Martin's Gayatri Ramesh, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2...Had a season-best three match win streak three different times during the season...Won her first two matches at No. 4 singles at the C-USA Conference Championships against Southern Miss and Louisville...Fell to Marquette's Veronica Garcia Briseno, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 in a fifth-place match at the tournament...Was 14-6 in doubles, including a 14-6 mark with freshman Andrea Feichtinger at No. 3 doubles...Feichtinger and Gruber won eight-straight matches at one point, their longest winning streak of the season....Their only losses came at Mississippi State, Ole Miss, UALR, UAB , UCF and Louisville...The Louisville loss was while the duo was playing No. 2 doubles at the conference tournament becuase Marlene Dirnstorfer, one of the usual No. 2 players, was out due to injury.

Fall 2002:
Qualified for the ITA Southeast Regionals after starting the season 8-3 through her first 11 matches...Was eliminated in the qualifying singles round at the regional, 6-1, 6-0, by Kentucky's Shannon Stough...Advanced to the finals at the season-opening tournament in Saint Louis, falling to teammate Sumitra Rao, 6-4, 6-3 in the finals of the B Doubles...Went 3-0 through the SIU-Carbondale tournament to improve her overall record to 5-1...Went 1-1 at the Middle Tennessee tournament, defeating Cincinnati's Samantha Liu in the opening round, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1, before falling to Louisiana-Monroe's Matilde Taborda...Advanced to the finals of the No. 3 singles bracket at The U fo M/Varsity Pro Shop Invite before again falling to teammate Sumitra Rao, 6-4, 6-2...Teamed with Rao in the opening tournament in doubles at Saint Louis, going 2-2...Later teamed with Andrea Feichtinger to go 3-1 in doubles...Played in the main draw doubles of the Southeast Regional with Rao, winning their opening match 8-0 over North Carolina A&T's Jackson/Mayhum before falling to South Carolina's Suzuki/Wiggins, 8-3.

Prep: Had a ITF U18 national women's ranking of 102...Won two ITF U18 tournaments in East Africa...Reached a quarterfinal of an ITF U18 tournament in Chile.

Personal: Born April 22, 1981... Is the daughter of Helmut and Regina Gruber...Has one brother, Konstantin...Enjoys swimming, skating and skiing...Favorite movie is Coyote Ugly and enjoys listening to Limp Biskit, Creed and Puddle of Mudd...Selected the University of Memphis because she already knew some of the girls playing here and because of Coach Peterson...Listed her personal goal as playing as well as possible...Lists her best on-court accomplishment as winning the two ITF tournaments and competing in the European Team Cup...Would like to travel to California to play a tennis match...Major is journalism/public relations.

Why did you choose the University of Memphis?
Because of the team (I already knew one of the girls) and the coach, who was always in contact with me and seemed to be very serious.

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