Berger, DeFelice and Van Hollen Sign With Cowgirl Tennis

Dec. 1, 2006


University of Wyoming head tennis coach Kristen Hall today announced the signing of three student-athletes to a national letter of intent to attend the University of Wyoming beginning in the fall of 2007.

"We are extremely excited about having Rebecca (Berger), Brittany (DeFelice), and Carly (Van Hollen) join our program next fall," said Hall. "All three display the characteristics that we are looking for in student-athletes and will represent the University of Wyoming and our tennis program in a first class manner. They all bring a tremendous amount of competitiveness to our program and I look for them to add many positives to our tennis program throughout their years at the University of Wyoming."

Here are the signees.

Rebecca Berger, Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS):
A three-time 4A doubles champion while attending Hermiston High School.Currently ranks third in the state of Oregon and among the Top Five in the PNW section. Over the past three years her team has had a combined record of 50-1 which included a second place finish and two third place finishes in the state. During her junior tennis career, Berger has competed in several national events. A four-time letterwinner in tennis, she also lettered in cross country and helped them to a second place finish at the state competition this past season. An excellent student, she is currently ranked first in her graduating class while being a member of the National Honors Society. Berger comes from a very athletic family. Her father competed at Oregon State in wrestling, while her sister, Rachel, is currently a member of the Eastern Washington tennis team. She is the daughter of Curt and Roxane Berger.

"Rebecca is a natural athlete and her best tennis is yet to come. She is an intelligent player who has a strong desire to improve. I am excited to see the impact that Rebecca will have on the future of the Cowgirl Tennis Program."

Brittany DeFelice, Edmond, Okla. (Edmond North HS):
A three-time All-City and All-State honoree while attending Edmond North High School. She is also a three-time City and Regional Champion who won the Oklahoma State Championship at the second spot in singles as a freshman. DeFelice finished in fourth place in first singles at state when she was a sophomore, and was a state finalist as a junior. A team captain who is currently ranked number two in the Oklahoma District and seventh in the Missouri Valley Section according to USTA Tennis. Has played in many Super National and National Open events, bringing a tremendous amount of experience with her. She was also named Sportsperson of the Year in 2005 for the Missouri Valley Section. A four-time letterwinner in high school while being coached by Debbie Davis. She selected Wyoming over several schools including Oklahoma, Nebraska and Seton Hall. DeFelice is an outstanding student as well, being named to the honor roll for four years as well as being a member of the National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Terry and Sue DeFelice.

"Brittany is an extremely hard worker both on and off the court. She is a very positive and consistent player. We look for her to make an impact both immediately and over the course of her four years in the program."

Carly Van Hollen, Millers, Md. (St. Paul's School For Girls):
A three-time letterwinner in tennis while attending St. Paul's School for the Girls in Brooklandville, Md. Van Hollen helped her team to a tournament championship as both a freshman and sophomore, while earning the sportsmanship award. She currently ranks among the Top five in the state of Maryland, represented the Middle Atlantic section in the World Team Tennis and the Junior Fed Cup this past summer and has been ranked as high as sixth in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section. Van Hollen is an outstanding student as well, being named to the honor roll for the past three years while being the student body vice president and on the academic council. Also, earned the Randolph Macon College Book Award for her leadership skills. She is the daughter of Nancy and Chris Van Hollen.

"Carly brings a very powerful game and a team-oriented spirit to the Cowgirl Program. She is an incredibly talented and determined player. She will play a significant role in the success of the program over the next four years."