The University of Oregon women’s tennis program not only reached across the entire United States, but the Atlantic Ocean as well, to sign their first recruit of the spring. Marlou Luiving, a native of the Netherlands, has been announced by head coach Paul Reber as the first player to sign as part of Oregon’s 2013 women’s tennis class.
Playing most her tennis across the sea, Kluiving has been playing tennis since the age of five and has most recently competed in several International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments in Europe. A member of the Dutch National Team, she has also traveled with the Dutch Federation and wowed audiences in her home country. Playing at the junior level in the Netherlands, the 18-year-old was ranked as high as the No. 1 overall Dutch player while being ranked No. 720 overall by the ITF on the ladies senior tour. Aside from those two rankings she has also been rated as the No. 46 player in singles and No. 40 in doubles in the Netherlands for her efforts in the ladies senior tour.
“I am really looking forward to start playing for the University of Oregon,” said Kluiving in a release on Goducks.com. “I want to finish school as soon as possible so I can be a Duck next year. I am really looking forward to it.”
Kluiving will finish her high school career in the Netherlands before making the trip to Eugene in the fall.