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Billy Paluch
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Rapid City, S.D.
High School: Rapid City Stevens HS

2012-13 (Senior): After sitting out almost all of the spring due to injury earned a fifth year of eligibility from NCAA via a medical redshirt request … Prior to the start of spring season, became the first Bluejay to be ranked nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) at No. 91 … First CU tennis player to earn a national ranking under head coach Tom Lilly … Won singles flight A at Drake Invitational in fall … Also claimed titles in both singles and doubles flight A at the Omaha Collegiate Invitational with help from doubles partner Brandon Lee … Won first dual match of spring season before retiring in second match at Iowa due to injury … Posted a 9-4 overall singles record and a 5-7 doubles ledger before the injury.

2010-11 (Sophomore): Was named a 2011 MVC First team Scholar-Athlete... Played as Creighton's No. 1 singles player, finishing with a 13-14 overall record... Went 6-10 in dual meets in the spring... Teamed up with J.T. Christian to put together an impressive doubles record... While playing No. 1 doubles, the duo went 14-10 including a 9-7 record in the spring in duals... Sits in a tie for 6th on the Creighton all-time charts with his 16 total doubles wins during the 2010-11 season ... Also went undefeated in the Omaha Collegiate Invitational, winning every singles and doubles match of the tournament... His .375 winning percentage put him in 9th in the MVC No. 1 singles position ... Has put together 75 career wins, a number that places him in 18th place on the Creighton all-time charts ... Owns the 13th best overall doubles wins in CU history with 43.

2009-10 (Freshman): Was honored with the USTA's Northern Region Jerry Noyce Junior Sportsmanship Award in November ... Combined with J.T. Christian to earn a Creighton record of 21 doubles wins at No. 1 doubles over the course of the fall and spring seasons ... Their 11 dual wins was second best in the Valley ... His .600 win percentage (16-10) over the fall and spring at No. 1 singles was good for second in CU history ... Finished the spring with the third most singles wins on the squad with an 11-9 record ... posted an 8-6 mark at No. 1 and a 2-1 mark at No. 2 ... Started the season 1-2 in singles at the MVC Championships ... Won six straight matches from Feb. 16-March 26 ... Combined for nine straight doubles wins with Christian from Feb. 16-April 1 ... Went 2-3 in MVC singles and doubles play.

High School: Attended Rapid City Stevens High School in South Dakota ... He is South Dakota's all-time leader in wins with 142 ... Won 108 consecutive matches ... Named the Rapid City Athlete of the Year his senior campaign ... Was a three-time state champion and five time doubles champion ... Was a four-time All-State and first team All-Conference pick ... Won three team MVP awards and earned a Most Inspirational award (Sr.) and two sportsmanship awards (Jr. and So.) ... Helped lead Stevens High to three straight state titles and one runner-up finish ... Was a member of the National Honor Society his junior and senior years ...

Personal: Son of Daryl and Carolyn Paluch ... Has one sister, Whitney (21) who is currently playing tennis at Cal State Northridge ... Father Daryl played tennis at the University of New Mexico and mom Carolyn played at St. Thomas ... Plans to major in Business ... Born Sept. 16, 1990 in Rapid City, S.D.