Honors & Awards

  • ITA Scholar-Athlete (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
  • First Team All-Big Ten (2018-19, 2019-20*) *Unanimous selection
  • Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week (March 13, 2018)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018, 2020, 2021)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020; Spring 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Nebraska Herman Team GPA Award (2018, 2019)
  • Sam Foltz 27 Hero Leadership Award (2019)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Ranked No. 53 Nationally (2016)
  • Marion County Champion (2016)
  • Conference Championship Team (2015, 2016)
  • Purdue ITA Champion (2016)
  • Four-time First Team All-State

2020-21: Senior
As one of three seniors awarded an extra year of eligibility, Claire Reifeis continued her success throughout her fifth year. The two-time First Team All-Big Ten member saw action in both the fall and spring semesters. Reifeis made it to the semifinals in two ITA Fall Circuit Tournaments, finishing with a 4-2 record overall. In the spring, Reifeis recorded eight singles wins with victories at the No. 3 (4-5) and No. 4 (4-0) positions. Overall, Reifeis finished 8-9 and recorded wins over Wisconsin, Penn State and Maryland.

In doubles, Reifeis saw much success with teammate, Isabel Adrover Gallego, going 11-6 on the season. Her eleven total wins ties her for third on the team, behind the No. 3 duo of Haakenstad and Kuckelman.

Off the court, Reifeis was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and an Academic All-Big Ten selection. She was also named to the 2021 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

2019-20: Senior (Year of Eligibility Restored Due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

Reifeis put together a second straight All-Big Ten season even though the 2019-20 campaign was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reifeis still impressed enough to earn a spot on the 14-person All-Big Ten team, and she was one of seven unanimous selections to the squad. Reifeis posted an 8-8 record on the season in singles play, including a 6-4 record during the spring with two of her losses coming to nationally-ranked opponents. She went an impressive 5-3 from the No. 1 spot in the lineup, with her five wins tying for the most by a Husker in any spot of the lineup in the spring. In doubles action, Reifeis posted a 7-5 record, including a 5-3 mark during the spring.

In the fall, Reifeis was selected to compete at the ITA All-American tournament in Tulsa, Okla. In the qualifying singles draw, Reifeis came back after falling in the opening set to defeat Kaitlin Staines of Tennessee 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. During the spring, Reifeis played out of the No. 1 spot in the lineup in eight of her 10 matches. She posted an impressive four-match winning streak out of the No. 1 spot late in the season against opponents from Colorado State, Iowa State, Rutgers and Wichita State. Overall, Reifies won five of her final seven singles matches. On the doubles court, Reifeis found her most success paired with Isabel Adrover Gallego. Together, the duo won four of their five matches together, including a perfect 3-0 mark in the spring.

2018-19: Junior

Reifeis captured All-Big Ten honors after completing her junior season with a 19-6 (8-3 Big Ten) record in singles play in the spring of 2019. Playing out of the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the lineup, Reifeis went 10-3 at the No. 1 spot and 9-3 at No. 2. Claire won her last six matches of the year (all at No. 1) and eight of her last nine.


In doubles play, Reifeis went 15-6 (6-4 Big Ten) on the season, playing with two different partners. She went 2-0 with fellow junior Hayley Haakenstad and 13-6 with freshman Jessica Aragon.


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.


2017-18: Sophomore
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.


2016-17: Freshman
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. 


Before Nebraska
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, Ind. She has one brother, Will. An actuarial science major in the College of Business Administration at Nebraska, Claire is a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice. She is also a 10-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. She was a five-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.


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.”


Year Spring Big Ten Fall Total
2016-17 12-10 3-6 8-4 20-14
2017-18 17-5 5-3 8-4 25-9
2018-19 19-6 8-3 4-1 21-7
2019-20 6-4 1-0 2-4 8-8
2020-21 8-9 7-9 0-0 8-9
Totals 62-34 24-21 22-13 82-47


Year Spring Big Ten Fall Total
2016-17 16-5 7-3 8-3 24-8
2017-18 12-7 2-4 4-5 16-12
2018-19 14-5 5-3 4-3 18-8
2019-20 5-3 0-0 2-2 7-5
2020-21 11-6 11-5 0-0 11-6
Totals 58-26 25-15 19-13 76-36