Fall 2004: Showed improvement by compiling a 7-7 overall singles record...accumulated a 7-3 doubles record with Christine Bader...invited to play at ITA Midwest Regional Tournament.
Spring 2004: Competed at No. 3 doubles during conference play with Jessica Baron...saw playing time at the No. 5 and 6 spots...faced No. 77 Ashley Schellhas of Virginia...finished the season 6-10 in singles.
Fall 2003: Went 2-1 at the Wolverine Invitational...3-1 at The Spartan Cup...6-5 fall single record.
Spring 2003: Battled her way as high as the No. 3 singles position...had an 11-17 singles record...was 6-11 in doubles with Kate Thomas, at No. 2 and No. 3...finished with a 9-17 overall doubles record
Fall 2002: Won three of four matches at Bronco Invitational...competed at Wolverine Fall Classic and beat Western Michigan's Maelynn Bernosky twice, 6-7, 6-4, 1-0(10) and also, 6-4, 6-1. Battled her way as the No. 3 singles position had an 11-17 singles record.
Spring 2002: Did not comete.
Fall 2001: Was 3-3 during the fall season in singles...beat Sarah Engelbert of Valparaiso, 6-1, 6-0 Sept. 28...won first two matches in the Spartan Cup.
High School: Four-year letter winner at East Lansing HS ... member of the 1997 State Championship team ... All-area and conference champion '98, '99, '00 ... all-state '00 ... tennis team MVP '99, '00 ... also lettered in volleyball and soccer.
Personal: Born January 17, 1983 ... daughter of John and Nancy Gustafson ... brother, Mike, is a member of the MSU men's club tennis team ... made the Dean's List in the fall 2001 ... was named Student Athlete of the Month (Dec. 01) ... has aspirations to be a pediatrician.
Coach Bauer's Comments:
"Karen is full of potential. With strong, powerful groundstrokes, Karen is shaping her game each day. A multi-sport athlete in high school. With a strong competitive streak, Karen pushes herself to improve in each training session.
"It is great to watch the improvement right before your eyes. Karen works hard and shows that she can compete at the Big Ten level in both singles and doubles.
"I think Karen could challenge many more experienced players successfully just simply on the strength of her drive to be great at what she does. Look for Karen's powerful ground game to become complimented by improved net play and reliable serving. Proving that there is a lot of local talent around, Karen will show that she is putting herself into position to challenge for a competitive role in this spring's match play."