Nicole Leimbach enters her first season at USC... Enjoyed an outstanding Fall, posting an 11-3 singles record... Advanced to the quarterfinals of the Riviera ITA Championship through the qualifier... Advanced to the ITA Regional quarterfinal... Earned an invitation to the ITA National Indoor Championships where she advanced to the semifinals before falling to second-ranked Megan Bradley of Miami... Enters the season ranked No. 6.
Leimbach is a 2004 graduate of Pine Creek High in Colorado Springs, Colo. ... A four-time Division 4A State High School Champion... Named the 2004 National High School Coaches Association Athlete of the Year and was inducted to the Colorado Sportswoman Hall of Fame in 2002... Owns a current WTA singles ranking of 489... A top-ranked junior who earned No. 1 rankings in 14s, 16s and 18s... Captured two ITF titles and 13 national championships, including four Roxy National Opens (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003), two USTA Super National Winter Championships (2002, 2003), two El Paso ITF Championships (2002, 2003), two Copper Bowl National Opens (2000, 2001), the 2003 Texas Open Championship, 2002 USTA Super National Spring Championship, 2001 USTA Super National Clay Court Championship, 2001 Denver City Open, 2001 Franklin Winter National Open and the 2000 USTA National Open... Also captured two Pro Circuit titles (Evansville, Ind., and Southlake, Texas) in 2004.
Nicole Jillian Leimbach was born on Nov. 24, 1985, in Colorado Springs, Colo. ... The daughter of Glenn and Sharleen Leimbach, she is an only child.... Lists Pete Sampras as her biggest sports hero... Hopes to play professionally after graduation... Her major is undeclared.