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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
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 Coach 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
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 Jeff Moore- 1983-2005
594 career wins — As of 2003 he ranked as #2 in wins in NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis history among active and All-time Division I coaches (535-181).
As a Longhorn he was 506-153 with a win percentage of .768
ITA Indoor Nationals Doubles Championships — 1992 and 1993
NCAA Division I Team Championship — 1993 and 1995
Advanced to NCAA team finals — 1992 & 2005
Advanced to NCAA Final Four — 1990, 1994 and 1997
Advanced to NCAA Elite Eight three times
Coached 19 All Americans
ITA National Coach of the Year — 1993
Big 12 Conference Champions — 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Named Tri-Big 12 Coach of the Year — 1999
8 times Southwest Conference Coach of the Year
6 times Southwest Region Coach of the Year
Chair of NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Committee — 1988–1989
Chair of NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee — 1989–1991
Member ITA Board of Directors
Member ITA Sports Science Committee
Director, Longhorn Coaches Clinic — 1986–1994
Co-Director Longhorn Tennis Camp — 1985–2005
Inducted into the University of Texas Longhorn Hall of Honor — 2002
Inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame — 2009
Inducted into the Texas Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame — 2012
CEO, Moore Leadership — 2011–Present (as of 2014)
Inducted into the Holland High School Athletics Hall of Fame — 2013
He is the only Texas Tennis Coach ever selected as Conference Coach of the year. ( 1984, 1986,1988,1991, 1992,1994, 1996, and 1998)
One of only 4 college Tennis Coaches to surpass the 500 win plateau.
12 top-10 finishes including 5 in the top 3.
10 Academic All Americans and 44 Academic All Conference players
won 11 of 14 SWC Championships
Coached 13 Professional tennis players
Coached 13 Conference Players of the year
Sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, interviews coach Jeff Moore.
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Jeff Moore is acknowledged as a prolific innovator, popular speaker, and expert clinician.
1983 29-7 ranked 5th Coach Jeff Moore
This team holds the record for most wins in a season (29)
Loses to California in First round
1984- 24-3 ranked 9th Coach Jeff Moore
Construction of a new Tennis facility begins. This was the highest ranked Longhorn team to start the season. . Beverly Bowes is the number 1 tennis player and wins the ITCA Indoor Singles Champion.
Loses to San Diego State in quarterfinals
Becky Callan- Doubles ITA All American. All Conference in Doubles in 1984 and 1985.
Robyn Field is All Conference in singles in 1984 and doubles in 1986.
Michelle Carrier is All Conference in singles in 1984
Kathleen Cummings singles ITA All Amercan 1984. A member of the 80's All Decade team. She is All Conference in Singles in 1983.
1985- 11-12 ranked 9th Coach Jeff Moore
Texas loses to Oklahoma State in first round
Diana Dopson- Doubles ITA All American and Singles ITA All American. All Conference in 1985 in doubles.
Gen Greiwe- Doubles ITA All American and All Conference in doubles in 1985.
1986-18-8 Ranked 12th- Coach Jeff Moore
Loses to California in first round
Renschler top and Bowes bottom
Anne Grousbeck- singles ITA All American 1986, 1987, 1988 and All Conference in 1987 in singles.
Lanae Renschler is All Conference in doubles in 1986.
1987-16-11 ranked 18th Coach Jeff Moore
Loses to Trinity first round
Top of the Charts 1987- Walk like an Egyptian
Beverly Bowes ITA 1984, 1985, 1987 Singles All American and 1984 ITA All American in doubles. Beverly Bowes is Conference Player of the year in 1984 and 1986. Member of the 1980's All Decade team.
Diane Merrett is All Conference in singles 1987 and conference player of the year in 1988.
1988-19-8 Ranked 9th Nationally Coach Jeff Moore
Won the SWC, but had to overcome a lot of injuries during the season. Grousbeck Merrett carried the team.
1989- 26-5 Ranked 4th nationally Coach Jeff Moore
This was a great team. They went undefeated during the regular season and ranked #13 nationally
Texas loses to Georgia in the first round
Susan Gilchrist is Conference Player of the year in 1989, 1990, and 1992.
She is also an ITA All American and National singles and doubles winner from 1990- 1993, and holds the Texas seasonal record for doubles wins. (38-9) and Texas career record in doubles of (122-24).
Seh is a member of the 80's All Decade team
1990-23-5 3rd at Nationals Coach Jeff Moore
Women’s Tennis continue to dominate the SWC. The women only lose one SWC from 1982 -1990.
During the year the Horns were ranked 7th nationally. Susan Gilchrist is ranked 12 in the nation, SWC player of the Years, and regular season champion. In the NCAA tournament the Longhorns beat Duke, California, but lost to Stanford.
Reachs the Semi-finals for National Championship and loses to Stanford
Carla Cossa ITA singles All American 1990. All Conference in singles 1988-1990.
Joanna Plautz ITA doubles All American in 1990 and 1991. All Conference in singles and doubles in 1988 and doubles in 1989 and 1990.
1991-25-3 Ranked 2nd Coach Jeff Moore Pending
Team loses to California in the first round
1992-25-4 Coach Jeff Moore Runner up to National Champions
Two time All American Carla Cossa and four time All American Susan Gilchrist were the cornerstones for a great year for the Lady Longhorn tennis team. Freshmen Kelly Pace, Ashley Johnson, and Jennifer Nasser are a great help to this years team.
The doubles team of Gilchrist and Paynter is ranked first in the nation. Coach Moore says that they are the best doubles team in the history of UT women’s tennis.
Horns shock defending national champion Stanford in the Semi-Finals beating them 5-3. The Horns lost the national championship to Florida 3-5 in the finals, and the Horns double team also lost to UCLA in the finals.
Runner up to National Championship - Qualifies for finals but Loses to Florida.
Qualifies for finals but Loses to Florida.
Vickie Paynter ITA All American singles and doubles 1992, '93
This team holds the record for most All Conference players (8)
1993-25-1 Ranked #1 Coach Jeff Moore
Best Season Ever At UT In Tennis
This team holsd the Texas season record for winning percentage (.961)
With four All-Americans the 1993 Longhorns won their first ever NCAA Championship in women's tennis.
Susan Gilchrist led the Longhorns with a 31-9 singles record. Kelly Pace and Jackie Moe also reached the 30-win plateau Vickie Paynter was the fourth All-American. All 4 finished the season ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Top 50 in singles.
In doubles Gilchrist and Paynter finished as the ITA top-ranked squad in the country.
Vickie Paynter is a ITA All American in singles and doubles in 1994 and 1995 . Vickie was All Conference in singles in 1992 and 1993. She Holds The Career Winning Percentage For Doubles (.866)
Jill Craybas is All Conference in singles in 1993.
1994- 26-3 finishes 3rd at Ncaa- Coach Jeff Moore
Lucie Ludvigova ITA singles All American 1994 and 1995, Conference Player of the year in 1993, and All Conference in singles and doubles in 1993 and singles in 1994.
HOH inductee in 2016
Jackie Moe is a ITA All American in singles 1993 and doubles 1994 and All Conference in singles and doubles in 1993 and 1994.
The 1994 team set the season record for Most All Americans (6)
Qualifies for semi-finals before losing to Stanford.
1995- 22-6 National Champions Coach Jeff Moore
Kelly Pace wins 152 single matches for a .863 winning percentage, and is a ITA All American in singles 1993, '94, '95 and in doubles in 1994, '95. She is Conference Player of the year in 1994.
Kelly Pace holds the Texas record for most single career wins (152-24)
Kelly Pace Wilson Induction starts at 1:07 of the video
Melody Falco is All Conference in doubles in 1995.
1996- 24-6 Ranked 3rd Coach Jeff Moore
Farley Taylor is an ITA All American in singles 1995, 1996, and in doubles 1996.
She is Conference player of the year in 1995
1997-23-6 ranked 3rd Coach Jeff Moore
Qualifies for semifinals but loses to Florida
Cristina Moros is Big 12 player of the year in 1996, All Conference in singles in 1997 and doubles 1995,1996, and 1997. She is a ITA doubles All American 1995,'96,'98 and singles 1997
Laura Berendt - Doubles ITA All American and All Conference in doubles in 1997
1998-21-7 Ranked 17th Coach Jeff Moore
Qualifies for 2nd round before losing to Florida.
Sandy Sureephong is Big 12 Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997.
Kaysie Smashey is All Conference in doubles
1999- 24-6 ranked 8th Coach Moore
Qualifies for 2nd round but loses to Miami
Sandy Sureephong is an ITA All American singles and doubles in 1997 and 1998.
Vladka Uhlirova is All Confernce in singles and doubles 1999-2001
Michelle Faucher is All Conference in singles 1996-1999.
2000- 21-9 ranked 13th Coach Jeff Mooore
Qualifies for Round of 16 then loses to UCLA
Janet Walker is Big 12 player of the year and ITA All American in 2000. All Conference Player 1998- 2000 in singles and doubles.
Joanne Masongsong is All Conference in singles in 2000.
2001- 23-6 ranked 10th Coach Moore Pending
Qualifies for Round of 16 then loses to Duke
2002- 11-15 Ranked 33rd Coach Moore
Qualifies for Round of 16 then loses to Wake Forest
Kendra Strohm is conference Freshman of the Year and is All Conference in singles in 2002 and doubles in 2003 and 2004.
Ziva Grasic is All Conference in doubles 2001 and 2002.
2003-23-6 Ranked 12th- Coach Jeff Moore
Team loses in first round to Tulane
Katie Ruckert is All Conference in 2003 in singles and doubles in 2004.
2004- 25-6 Ranked 3rd Coach Jeff Moore
Qualifies for 2nd round then loses to Arizona State.
Mia Marovic is All Conference in singles in 2004 and singles and doubles in 2004 and 2005. She wins the team MVP.
2005- 25-6 Coach Jeff Moore
Team Qualifies for the finals but loses to Stanford
Courtney Zauft All Conference 2005 doubles and 2007 singles.
Petra Dizdar is All Conference in singles 2003- 2005, Freshman Conference player of the year, team academic MVP, and a recipient of a Post graduate scholarship.
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