THE NAVIGATION TOOL TO THE HISTORICAL  PAGES ON THIS WEB SITE ARE AT THE TOP OF THIS SCREEN. THE SITES ARE  "TLSN", "SPORTS", "GUEST WRITERS", "MISSIONS", "ARTICLES" , "LOST TOO SOON", AND "SENTRY".

Unlike Texas Basketball, Football, Track And Baseball there are very few books that discuss Longhorn tennis.  I hope with time this site can add some historical insight and tell the full and compelling story of the Texas tennis tradition. 

 

 

For information on Longhorn Women's tennis prior to 1973  Please click on  the  search Engine and type in "1896"

 

 

 

 

1973- victories for women's Tennis 

On November 21, 1973 a letter in support of developing women's tennis made the rounds with the UT Athletic Department.  The author says "Some 100 or more men are provided with various athletic scholarships ....... special meals and a special dormitory..... Men's sports are provided coaching staffs, sports equipment, and travel allowances.  Most women do not seek a point by point comparison with the men's sports programs; they simply want a first-class program for women's tennis......"   

 

Texas longhorn tennis 1976-2014

  • 1976 is the first year of NCAA sanctioned tennis at Texas

  • Tennis record thru 2015 is 717 victories and 264 defeats

  • 31 NCAA appearances

  • 2 National Championships (1993 and 1995) Under Coach Moore

  • 1 runner up for National Championship team (1992)

  • 3 semi-final appearances in 1990, 1994, 1997

  • 18 conference championships

  • 21 Longhorns have received ITA All American status

1976   Coach Betty Hagerman

Coach Betty Hagerman lasted one year with the team

Coach Betty Hagerman lasted one year with the team

1976   Coach Betty Hagerman 

Coach Cathy Beene takes the reigns for two years

Coach Cathy Beene takes the reigns for two years

1977   Record 2-2  Coach Cathy Beene

 

 

 

 

On May 8th 1977 women's tennis is the first women's sports team to turn the tower orange.

 

 

 

 

1978   Record 16-9 Coach Cathy Beene

Susie Smith is an All American.   Riley and Smith won the 21 year old and under doubles championship for the state.   The team also had a 2nd place finish in the Arizona Invitational Tennis tournament and the Lamar University Invitational .

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Coach Dave Woods

Painting by Ragan Gennusa

1979   Record 14-8 Interim coach dick King pending

5 freshman were part of the 7 best tennis players at Texas.  Freshman Merrilee Keller is top seeded.

 

1980   Record 19-8 Coach Dave Woods- Horns finish 20th in the nation

 

 

 

Shelley Hudson is the team captain and leads the team to 2nd place in the TAIAW state tournament. Losing only to Trinity but beating all SWC opponents. 

 

 

 

 

 

1981    Record 19-8 Coach Dave Woods pending

Women capture the SWC fall Championship tennis tournament - Vicki Ellis led the way .  In the Spring Coach Woods said "we played well...just not well enough."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1982 - 22-10 ranked 9th Coach Dave Woods

 

Qualified for AIAW National Championship tournament and beat Alabama and Arkansas but lost to Indiana and Rollins.

 

TOP SONG 1981

 

1982 - 22-10 ranked 9th Coach Dave Woods 

 

Tennis  team  wins the state title but places second in regionals.  The team is led by Vicki Ellis Gen Greiwe, and Jane Johansen

 

 

Jane Johnson ITA singles All American. 

 

 

 

Coach Patty Fendick-McCain replaces Jeff Moore

Coach Patty Fendick-McCain replaces Jeff Moore

Coach Patty Fendick-McCain-  2006- 2014

  • Record at Texas - 145-70

  • Two big 12 championships (2012 and 2013) 

  • Round of 16 (2008, 2010, 2012)

 

 

 

2006 - 18-12 Ranked 19th  Coach Patty Fendick-McCain

Team Qualifies for 2nd round but loses to TCU

Stephaine Davison is All Conference singles in 2006

Vanja Corovis is team MVP 

Courtney Zauf is team Academic MVP (no picture)

 

 

 

 

 

2007-  16-10 Ranked 27th  Coach Patty Fendick-McCain Pending 

Qualifies for 2nd round but loses to USC

2008- 20-7 Ranked 15th  Coach Patty Fendick-McCain Pending

Qualifies for round of 16 but loses to Georgia Tech. 

Vanja Corovic

• 2008 NCAA Doubles Championships participant
• 2008 All-Big 12 singles and doubles
• 2007 NCAA Singles Championships participant
• 2007 Big 12 Freshman and Newcomer of the Year
• 2007 All-Big 12 singles and doubles

All Conference in singles and doubles 2006 and 2007.

 

 

 

Marija Milic   

•2008 NCAA Doubles Championships participant

•2008 All-Big 12 doubles

•2007 All-Big 12 doubles

•2008, 2007 Academic All-Big 12 (first team) and all Converence in doubles in 2006 and 2007.

 

2009- 17-8 Ranked 23rd  Coach Patty Fendick-McCain Pending

Qualifies for 2nd round but loses to California. 

2010- 19-6 Ranked 16th  Coach Patty Fendick-McCain Pending

Qualifies for round of 16 but loses to Baylor. 

2011-17-8 Ranked 23rd Coach Patty Fendick-McCain Pending

Qualifies for 2nd round then loses  to Miami. 

 

Lina Padegimaite Freshman Conference Player Of The Year In 2011.

Elizabeth Begley is Big 12 most outstanding performer

 

 

2012-19-8 Ranked 10th  Coach Patty Fendick-McCain

Qualifies for round of 16 then loses to Georgia. 

Aeriel Ellis is an All- American  two years in a row in singles tennis and  Freshman Conference Player of the Year 2009.

Krista Damico

• 2012 All-Big 12 (singles)
• 2010 All-Big 12 (singles)
• 2010 Big 12 champion, No. 2 doubles (with Amanda Craddock)

 

 

 

 

 

2013- 18-11 ranked 17th

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made it to the round of 16  then loses to Virginia 

Courtney Zauft and Marija Milic

Edgar O. and Melanie  A. Weller Tennis Center opens at a cost of 8 million dollars.

 

2014- 13-13 RANKED 22nd Pending

Qualifies for second round but loses to Texas A & M

 

 

 

Coach Danielle Lund McNamara lasted one year

Coach Danielle Lund McNamara lasted one year

 

Coach Danielle Lund McNamara 2015 

One year and done- Coach McNamara resigns - UT posted a 10-11 mark during the 2015 spring dual-match season, including a 6-3 record in Big 12 Conference play. 

Qualifies for 2nd round but  loses to Virginia.  

Coach Howard Joffee 2016 to present a new Burnt Orange Sunrise

Coach Howard Joffee 2016 to present a new Burnt Orange Sunrise

2016 to present - coach Howard Joffe

“There’s a tradition of excellence within the women’s tennis program here, not only in having won national and conference titles, but also in producing very fine athletes and students," Joffe said upon his hire.  "I’m cognizant of the charge and the responsibility, but I’m very confident that I’ll be able to work with the student-athletes and the administration to continue that tradition of excellence.”

“We’re extremely pleased to land a coach of Howard’s character and caliber,” UT Women's Athletics Director Chris Plonsky said upon Joffe's hire.  “He is a proven winner.  Howard was a very competitive student-athlete himself.  He was mentored by an exceptional coach, and after pursuing coaching himself, he has found it to be a perfect landscape for him.  He’s driven to excellence, cares about his student-athletes and is inspired by the combination of an institution with academic excellence and high goals for championship performance.” 

Courtney Dolehide is A former All-America tennis player at UCLA.  Dolehide assumed her position at Texas in January of 2015 and was retained by first-year Texas head coach Howard Joffe upon his hiring in June of 2015.

2016- History of Tennis is completed - more will be added at a later date. 

 

Team makes the round of 16