In her final season with Nebraska, Gitte Ostermann cemented her spot as one of the Husker tennis greats. She started her dominant play in the fall, stringing together an eight-match winning streak on her way to winning the ITA Regional Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Ostermann went 2-1 at the ITA National Indoor Championships to finish the fall with a singles record of 9-2. Ostermann also saw some action in doubles during the fall, going 2-2 in her four matches.
Ostermann began the spring ranked No. 19 nationally, which tied the highest ranking ever achieved in school history. She would later claim the record to herself, climbing to No. 18 midway through the season. Ostermann proved the ranking was well-deserved, cruising to a 17-4 spring record and 7-3 in the Big 12, all coming at the No. 1 slot. Adding to her nine wins in the fall, Ostermann's 26 singles wins were a team-high. Her play on the singles court earned her a second straight trip to the NCAA Singles Tournament, but was knocked out by top-seeded Megan Bradley of Miami in the first round.
The doubles court also proved friendly to Ostermann, notching an impressive 15-5 record in the spring, playing exclusively at the No. 1 position. Paired with fellow senior Katie Garcia for 19 of her 20 matches, the duo started the spring season on fire, winning their first seven matches together and earning the No. 23 ranking in doubles play.
Ostermann's final season left her name etched in the Husker record books. Her 26 singles wins were the fourth-best season total in school history, moving her 2003-04 mark of 25 wins to fifth place, while her .812 winning percentage (26-6) was the third-highest ever recorded by a Husker. Ostermann also came away with multiple postseason awards, garnering first-team All-Big 12 accolades for her play on the singles court, while she and Garcia earned first-team All-Big 12 selections in doubles for the first time in their careers. An excellent student in the classroom, Ostermann also earned academic All-Big 12 honors for the third time in her career.
Ostermann entered the 2004 season as one of the nation's elite players after an impressive 2003 fall campaign. Ostermann recorded a 14-4 fall record, including a 6-2 mark against ranked opponents. Ostermann was the runner-up at the ITA Central Region Championships, then the highest finish ever by a Husker. She was also the first Husker ever to be invited to the ITA National Collegiate Indoor Championships, where she produced a 1-1 record.
However, an injury slowed Ostermann’s start in the spring season. Following her return, she quickly gained momentum on her way to posting an 11-7 record. She also received a bid to play in the NCAA Tournament, where she lost a three set thriller match in the first round.
In doubles action, Ostermann teamed with team captain Katie Garcia, for a 14-7 record at the No. 2 doubles slot. By the end of the year, their success was recognized nationally with a No. 74 ranking.
Though not fully recovered from off-season shoulder surgery, Ostermann managed to produce a winning record while playing most of her matches at No. 1 singles. Ostermann posted an 8-6 record, including a 6-5 mark from the top spot in the lineup. She went 4-3 against league opponents and became the first Husker since the 2000 season to earn All-Big 12 Conference honors.
In doubles action, Ostermann finished with a 3-7 record. She was most successful at No. 2 doubles, where she went 2-1. Both wins were with classmate Katie Garcia.
Ostermann missed the fall season while recovering from shoulder surgery.
When healthy, Ostermann played in the No. 1 singles spot. Against Colorado, she suffered a wrist injury that forced her to miss six matches. In singles action, she finished the season with a 5-6 record with victories over two ranked opponents, Jessica Roland of Texas A&M, 3-6, 6-2, 1-0, and Vladka Uhlirova, of Texas, 6-2, 7-5. Overall she went 2-4 against ranked opponents.
In doubles action, Ostermann finished with a 7-3 record. She teamed with Katarina Balan to defeat 14th-ranked Jessica Roland and Ashley Hedberg of Texas A&M, 8-4.
In the fall, Ostermann went 2-1 in singles and doubles action.
Ostermann was a member of the German National team that won the Europa Cup in 1996. Individually, Ostermann finished third in the Europa Cup for Germany. She played on the ITF junior tour and attended Gymnasium.
Gitte is the daughter of Klaus and Christine Ostermann. She was born Nov. 6, 1980, in Lueneburg, Germany. She has an older brother, Ole. Gitte played on the same club team as former Husker Jennifer Thoste. Ostermann is majoring in advertising while minoring in graphic design.