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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
1976 Coach Betty Hagerman
Team has an excellent record of 13-3 in match play and they finished 2nd in state.
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 .
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- 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.
• 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.
•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.
• 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 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.
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