Honors & Awards
- Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week (March 13, 2018)
- Nebraska Herman Award (2018)
- Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2018)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2017; Spring 2017, 2018)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)
- Ranked No. 53 Nationally (2016)
- Marion County Champion (2016)
- Conference Championship Team (2015, 2016)
- Purdue ITA Champion (2016)
- Four-time First Team All-State
Reifeis began her junior season with a perfect 3-0 record and a championship victory in Singles Flight B at the Minnesota Invitational. She did not lose a set in singles play all weekend. Reifeis and Hayley Haakenstad partnered up in doubles play once again and picked up right where they left off last season, going 4-2.
At the ITA Central Regionals in Iowa City, Iowa, Reifeis had a stellar, come-from-behind victory over Zerulo (ARK) 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the first round of bracket play. She fell in her next singles match to Poppe (Tulsa) to end her fall season with a 4-1 record in singles play. Reifeis and Haakenstad lost their only doubles match in Iowa.
Claire Reifeis (prononcued Rife-Ice) returns for year number three in scarlet and creme after a sophomore year that saw her win a team-best 17 games in singles play last spring. Reifeis seems poised to take over in the number one singles spot after going 9-5 in the two spot last year. The team will look to her for leadership as one of the most experienced upperclassmen.
Head Coach Scott Jacobson said “Claire has grown her game as much as anyone I have ever coached. She has made a total commitment to the program, from her nutrition plan to her footwork, agility and strength. We fully expect her to be in our top two this year and to have an outstanding season. She put in the work this summer and is primed for a really successful junior season.”
Coming off a dominant inaugural season, Claire Reifeis kept up her high level of play throughout her sophomore season with the Huskers.
Reifeis came away with a singles championship at the Gopher Invitational in September of 2017 and totaled 12 fall victories, matching teammate Paula Del Cueto Castillo for the most among the Huskers.
The regular season was full of singles and doubles success. Reifeis went 17-5 in singles play, putting up a 5-3 mark in Big Ten competition. Reifeis assisted the Huskers to a 4-3 team triumph over No. 19 Ohio State with a 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2 win at No. 2 singles. Reifeis was named Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week following her wins against the Buckeyes.
Accompanied by Hayley Haakenstad, Reifeis found her groove on the doubles court. The duo took over doubles duties at the No. 2 position and achieved a record of 12-7, which included a win over Big Ten champion and player of the year Kate Fahey.
Off the court, Haakenstad was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
As one of five true freshman that joined the Huskers in 2016-17, Reifeis paced the Huskers in every level of play, boasting some of the top records on the team. She posted a team-best 24-8 record in doubles play, including an impressive record of 16-5 in spring play. She earned a 7-3 clip in Big Ten play.
Reifeis was only outdone in singles play by teammate Katerina Matysova who went 21-3 with a perfect spring season. Reifeis posted a team second-best 20-14 in singles play, playing out of the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 positions. She went 12-10 in spring play and had a 3-6 record in Big Ten play.
Off the court, Reifeis was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
Reifeis played for the North Central High School tennis team, which was the runner-up for State in 2014. Under head coach Dan Brunette, Reifeis achieved a record of 95-10 and a national recruiting ranking of 53. Reifeis was number one in singles through all four years of high school, and a four-time First Team All-State player. Reifeis also won the Purdue ITA Summer Circuit in July 2016. Additionally, Reifeis was an AP distinguished scholar and a member of the National Honors Society.
Reifeis is the daughter of Rick and Jenny Reifeis and was born on Aug. 18, 1998 in Indianapolis. Reifeis has one brother, Will. Reifeis studies actuarial science in the College of Business Administration at Nebraska. A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and an Academic All-Big Ten choice in 2018, she is a four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. She was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2017 and 2018.
In the summers, Reifeis enjoys playing and teaching tennis, and likes to read in her free time.
Why Claire Chose Nebraska
“I chose Nebraska because the coaches are amazing, the team is friendly, and I love the school.”