EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon women's tennis head coach Paul Reber has announced his first signing of the spring. Marlou Kluiving, a native of the Netherlands, will play for the Ducks beginning in fall of 2013.
The 18-year-old Kluiving, who has played tennis since she was five years old, has most recently competed in numerous International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments throughout Europe. Over the last few years, she has been traveling with the Dutch Federation and was a member of the Dutch National Team as well.
Kluiving has been a participant at the Junior Fed Cup, European Championships and World Championships in her years of playing tennis in the Netherlands. At the junior level, Kluiving climbed as high as No. 1 in the Dutch rankings. On the ladies senior tour, she was ranked No. 720 overall by ITF, No. 46 in the Netherlands in singles play and No. 40 in the country in doubles competition.
"I am really looking forward to start playing for the University of Oregon," Kluiving said. "I want to finish school [in the Netherlands] as soon as possible so I can be a Duck next year. I am really looking forward to it."
"We are extremely excited with the addition of Marlou to the team," Reber said. "She is a tremendous player who will help us out in both singles and doubles immediately. Her bright and easy-going personality was a natural fit with the team; they all hit it off on her recruiting trip."
Kluiving is the daughter of Otto and Anita Kluiving. She has one older brother, Rienk.