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Tennis 1974-1982


TENNIS

In 1974, Dave Neuser, a math instructor at Yavapai College, formed the tennis club with hopes of it turning into a full-fledged intercollegiate tennis program. Indeed it did, with the first team competing in 1975. The first year was a struggle with the squad finishing a lowly 3-14. However, like any journey, it starts with the first step.

With more research to be done, we know that the Legacy of the tennis program at Yavapai College had a storied past.

1975

Members of the very first squad in 1975 were:

Randy Babick
Bob Merlo
Mike Corson
Steve Morgan
George Vega
John Rummel
Pat Wilcox
Tom Polite
Joe Revkin
John Nuttell
Janet Braly
Mary Cheek

The first match played on the YC tennis courts was a 9-0 loss to Pima Community College on April 4th, 1975.

1976

1976 was the first official intercollegiate season for YC. The team finished a dismal 2-16 and 7th out 8 teams in the ACCAC.

2/11 @ Sedon Racket Club – L: 4-5
2/17 @ Grand Canyon Collee – L: 4-5
2/20 @ Mesa Community College – L: 0-9
2/21 @ Scottsdale Community College – L: 0-9
2/26 @ Phoenix College – L: 1-8
3/5 @ Central Arizona College – W: 5-4
3/6 @ Pima Community College – L: 2-7
3/12 Arizona Western College – L: 2-7
3/26 vs. Snow College – L: 2-7
3/27 vs. Pima Community College – L: 2-7
3/30 @ Scottsdale Community College – L: 0-9
4/1 @ Mesa Community College – L: 0-9
4/10 vs. Arizona Western College – L: 1-8
4/12 vs. Grand Canyon College – L:
4/16 vs. Central Arizona College – W: 9-0
4/19 vs. Phoenix College – L: 2-7
4/22 vs. Glendale Community College – L: 3-6

Final Conference Standings:

1. Mesa Community College
2. Scottsdale Community College
3. Pima Community College
4. Phoenix College
5. Arizona Western College
6. Glendale Community College
7. Yavapai College
8. Central Arizona College

Members of team:
Head Coach Dave Neuser
Tom Polite
Randy Babick
John Nuttall
John Hernandez
Mike Flanigan
Mark Strivings

1977

Things began to turn around in 1977. YC finished the season with a 12-8 overall record and a 8-6 ACCAC mark finishing 3rd in the league. The netters qualified for the National Tournament and finished in 28th place. Members of the team included:

Pat Leffard
Mike Long
David Hyatt
Mike Flanigan
Jim McGuire
Bruce Barkley
Kyle Wasserman
David Martin
Rob Gipe

2/16 @ Grand Canyon College – W: 6-3
2/18 @ Scottsdale Community College – L: 2-7
2/19 @ Mesa Community College – L: 2-7
2/28 Phoenix College – W: 7-2
@ Glendale Community College – W: 9-0
3/4 @ Pima Community College – L: 4-5
3/5 @ Central Arizona College – W: 9-0
3/29 vs. Scottsdale Community College – L: 2-7
4/3 vs. Grand Canyon College – W: 6-3
4/12 vs. Phoenix College – W: 9-0
4/16 vs. Arizona Western College – W: 8-1
4/17 vs. Pima Community College – L:
@ Southwestern College, CA – L: 3-6
@ Naval Training Center, CA – L: 4-5
4/21 vs. Central Arizona College
4/22 vs. Glendale Community College

National Tournament Results
1977
Division I
**Final Team Results**
1. Central Texas College – 28 points
2. Midland College, Texas – 26 points
3. Miami-Dade Community College-South, Fla. – 23 points
4. Mesa Community College, Ariz. – 18 points
4. Navarro College, Texas – 18 points
6. Central Florida Community College – 16 points
7. New Mexico Military Institute – 15 points
8. Jefferson State Junior College, Ala. – 12 points
8. Lees-McRae College, N.C. – 12 points
8. Seminole Community College, Fla. – 12 points
11. Abraham Baldwin College, Ga. – 11 points
11. Cowley County College, Kan. – 11 points
13. Scottsdale Community College, Ariz. – 8 points
13. Henry Ford Community College, Mich. – 8 points
13. Odessa College, Texas – 8 points
13. Oscar Rose Junior College, Okla. – 8 points
17. Kalamazoo Valley College, Mich. – 7 points
18. Gainesville Junior College, Ga. – 6 points
18. Nassau Community College, N.Y. – 6 points
18. Treasure Valley College, Ore. – 6 points
21. College of DuPage, Ill. – 5 points
21. Prince George’s Community College, Md. – 5 points
23. Hudson Valley College, N.Y. – 4 points
23. Middlesex County College, N.J. – 4 points
23. Morris County College, N.J. – 4 points
23. Rhode Island Junior College – 4 points
23. Schreiner College, Texas – 4 points
28. Adirondack College, N.Y. – 3 points
28. St. Louis Community College-Meramec, Mo. – 3 points
28. Normandale Community College, Minn. – 3 points
28. Suffolk County College, N.Y. – 3 points
28. USC-Sumter, S.C. – 3 points
28. Yavapai College, Ariz. – 3 points
34. Black Hawk College, Ill. – 2 points
34. Bucks County College, Penn. – 2 points
34. Calhoun Community College, Ala. – 2 points
34. Grand Rapids Junior College, Mich. – 2 points
34. Jefferson College, Mo. – 2 points
34. Nebraska Western College – 2 points
34. Roane State College, Tenn. – 2 points
34. Rockland Community College, N.Y. – 2 points
34. Waldorf College, Iowa – 2 points
34. York College, Nebraska – 2 points
44. Allen County College, Kan. – 1 point
44. Orange County College, N.Y. – 1 point
44. Shelby State College, Tenn. – 1 point
44. Walters State College, Tenn. – 1 point
44. Wingate College, N.C. – 1 point

That same year, 1977, YC began a women’s tennis team with Anthropology and Sociology instructor Evan Ragsdale at the helm. The team competed as a non-conference school and was funded by the Student Council. Members included:

Lisa Mrgudich
Diane Mignella
Annie Sargent
Dee Navarro
Dolores Tillman
Lori Schwartz
Peggy Morris
Kim Nelson
Carrie Brown

1978

1978 proved to be a breakthrough year for the men’s tennis team. The squad finished second in the state of Arizona behind perennial powerhouse Mesa Community College and qualified for the National Tournament where they finished 9th. Richard Schutt was the only Roughrider to advance into the quarterfinals of the Tournament.

Members of that team were:
Richard Schutt
David Hyatt
Mike Long
Jim McGuire
Stuart Clark
Tery VanderPloeg
Pat Leffard
Rob Gipe

2/17 @ Mesa Community College – L: 1-8
2/18 @ Scottsdale Community College – L: 3-6
2/21 @ Grand Canyon College – L: 4-5
2/24 @ Phoenix College – W: 8-1
2/25 @ Glendale Community College – W: 7-2
3/4 @ Central Arizona College –
3/9 @ Arizona Western College – W: 7-2
3/17 vs. Cochise College – W: 7-2
3/18 @ Pima Community College – W: 8-1
4/3 vs. Scottsdale Community College – W: 7-2
4/6 vs. Mesa Community College – W: 6-3
4/12 vs. Phoenix College – W: 8-1
4/15 vs. Arizona Western College – W: 7-2
4/16 vs. Pima Community College – W: 9-0
4/19 vs. Glendale Community College – W: 7-2
4/20 vs. Central Arizona College – W: 9-0
4/22 @ Cochise College – W: 9-0
4/25 vs. Grand Canyon College – W: 6-3

1978 National Championships
Division I
**Final Team Results**
1. Midland College, Texas – 22 points
1. New Mexico Military Institute – 22 points
1. Odessa College, Texas – 22 points
4. Central Texas College – 20 points
5. Palm Beach Junior College, Fla. – 19 points
6. Miami-Dade Community College-South, Fla. – 18 points
6. Schrainer College, Texas – 18 points
8. USC-Sumter, S.C. – 17 points
9. Jefferson State Junior College, Ala. – 16 points
10. Mesa Community College, Ariz. – 14 points
11. Cowley Community College, Kan. – 12 points
12. Central Florida Community College – 11 points
13. Anderson College, S.C. – 10 points
13. Navarro College, Texas – 10 points
15. Yavapai College, Ariz. – 9 points
16. McLennan Community College, Texas – 8 points
17. Gainesville Junior College, Ga. – 7 points
17. Henry Ford Community College, Mich. – 7 points
19. Joliet Junior College, Ill. – 6 points
19. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Ga. – 6 points
21. Broome Community College, N.Y. – 5 points
21. Marian Military Institute, Ala. – 5 points
21. Oscar Rose Junior College, Okla. – 5 points
24. Brookdale Community Junior College, N.J. – 4 points
24. Chattahoochee Valley State Community College, Ala. – 4 points
24. Coffeyville Community Junior College, Kan. – 4 points
24. Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Mich. – 4 points
24. Orange County Community College, N.Y. – 4 points
29. North Idaho College – 3 points
29. Oakton Community College, Ill. – 3 points
29. Rhode Island Junior College – 3 points
32. Bucks County Community College, Penn. – 2 points

1979

In 1979, Yavapai won the state championship with a perfect record behind Head Coach Dave Pettingill who replaced Neuser midway through the season. YC advanced to the National Tournament where they wound up with a 7th place finish. The team of Richard Schutt and Maricio Lima, both from Brazil, were runners-up in the #3 seed doubles tournament. Team members were:

Marcio Lima
Richard Schutt
Terry Vanderploeg
Dave Bluise
John Newman
Shimon Rappoport
Larry Katz

2/16 @ Scottsdale Community College – W: 8-1
2/17 @ Glendale Community College – W: 9-0
2/23 @ Mesa Community College – W: 6-3
2/24 @ Phoenix College – W: 9-0
3/9 @ Central Arizona College – W: 9-0
3/10 @ Pima Community College – W: 9-0
vs. Cochise College – W: 9-0
3/15 vs. New Mexico Military Institute – W: 6-3
3/17 @ Arizona Western College – W: 9-0
3/28 vs. Northern Arizona Univeristy – W:
3/31 vs. Cochise College – W: 9-0
4/4 vs. Grand Canyon College W:
4/7 vs. Pima Community College – W: 9-0
4/11 vs. Mesa Community Collee – W: 9-0
4/12 vs. Glendale Community College – W: 9-0
4/17 vs. Phoenix College – W: 9-0
4/19 vs. Central Arizona College – W: 9-0
4/20 vs. Arizona Western College – W:
4/24 vs. Scottsdale Community College – W:

1979 National Championships
Division I
**Final Team Results**
1. Odessa College, Texas – 44 points
2. Miami-Dade Community College-South, Fla. – 39 points
3. Central Texas College – 33 points
3. Schreiner College, Texas – 33 points
5. Jefferson State Junior College, Ala. – 25 points
5. Midland College, Texas – 25 points
7. Yavapai College, Ariz. – 23 points
8. Gainesville Junior College, Ga. – 22 points
9. McLennan College, Texas – 21 points
9. Central Florida College – 21 points
11. Anderson College, S.C. – 18 points
12. Surry Community College, N.C. – 15 points
13. Abraham Baldwin College, Ga. – 12 points
14. Broome Community College, N.Y. – 10 points
14. Gadsden State Junior College, Ala. – 10 points
14. Mesa Community College, Ariz. – 10 points
14. William Rainer Harper College, Ill. – 9 points
18. Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Mo. – 8 points
18. Oscar Rose Junior College, Okla. – 8 points
20. Clackamas Community College, Ore. – 6 points
20. Cowley County College, Kan. – 6 points
20. Prince George’s Community College, Md. – 6 points
20. Treasure Valley College, Ore. – 6 points
24. Orange County College, N.Y. – 5 points
25. St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, Mo. – 4 points
25. Waldorf College, N.C. – 4 points

**Championship Results – Doubles**
#1 – K. Richter & Bill Heiser, Odessa College, Texas
Runner-Up – Jose Rivera & O. Ontiveros, Midland College, Texas 6-3, 7-6

#2 – K. Richter & Mark Hansell, Odessa College, Texas
Runner-Up – Aguero & Green, Miami-Dade Community College-South, Fla.

#3 – Paipa & Golden, Central Texas College
Runner-Up – Schutt & Lima, Yavapai College, Ariz.

After taking the ’78 season off, the women were back into full swing. The team finished the season with a 1-9 record with their very first victory coming on April 25th against the Yavapai Women’s Club, 9-0. Bari Margolf was named the MVP and Janice Judd was the Most Improved Player. The team of Janice Judd and Carol Stancati was the first women’s doubles team to win a doubles match for YC.

Members were:
Cheryl Blair
Janice Judd
Julie Williams
Kim Hook
Crystal Stephens
Carol Stancati
Divi Rey
Bari Margolf

2/10 vs. London Bridge Raquet Club – L: 1-8
2/15 @ Phoenix College – L: 2-7
2/24 @ Glendale Community College – L: 1-8
3/10 @ Mesa Community College – L: 0-9
3/30 vs Grand Canyon College – L: 1-8
4/13 vs. Mesa Community College – L: 1-8
4/18 vs. Phoenix College – L:
4/20 @ Northern Arizona University – L: 1-8
4/25 vs. Yavapai Women’s Tennis Association – W: 9-0
4/28 vs. Northern Arizona University – L: 3-6

1980

Once again the Roughriders had an undefeated season and won the ACCAC championship for the second consecutive year. Wayne Jackson, the #1 seed, won the State Championship. YC went on to finish 9th at the NJCAA National Championships. Members of the team were:

Wayne Jackson
Bob White
Shimon Rapaport
Dave Benner
Dave Blaise
Joe Behner

1980 National Championships
Division I
**Final Team Results**
1. Tyler Junior College, Texas – 34 points
2. Central Florida College – 29 points
2. Cooke County College, Texas – 29 points
4. Miami-Dade Community College-New World Center, Fla. – 24 points
4. Schreiner College, Texas – 24 points
6. Gainesville Junior College, Ga. – 21 points
6. New Mexico Military Institute – 21 points
8. Anderson College, S.C. – 18 points
9. Henry Ford Community College, Mich. – 14 points
9. Jefferson State Community College, Ala. – 14 points
9. Yavapai College, Ariz. – 14 points
12. Joliet Junior College, Ill. – 11 points
13. Lansing Community College, Mich. – 7 points
13. Normandale Community College, Minn. – 7 points
15. Gadsden State Community College, Ala. – 6 points
15. Surry Community College, N.C. – 6 points
17. Abraham Baldwin College, Ga. – 5 points
17. Cowley County Community College, Kan. – 5 points
17. Nassau Community College, N.Y. – 5 points
20. Clackamas Community College, Ore. – 4 points
20. Walters State Community College, Tenn. – 4 points
22. Seminole Junior College, Okla. – 3 points
22. Shelby State Community College, Tenn. – 3 points
22. Treasure Valley Community College, Ore. – 3 points
25. Arizona Western College – 2 points
25. College of DuPage, Ill. – 2 points
25. Essex Community College, N.J. – 2 points
25. John C. Calhoun College, Ala. – 2 points
25. Kansas City Kansas Community College – 2 points

1981

YC won its third straight ACCAC title in 1981 finishing with an undefeated league record. Members of the squad were:

Tim Dorsey
Jeff Foley
Mike Brady
David Brenner
Greg de Freitas
David Clubb
Tony Stiegel
Jeff Behmer
Floyd Hogan

1981 National Championships
Division I
**Final Team Results**
1. Central Florida Community College – 35 points
2. Tyler Junior College, Texas – 31 points
3. Seminole Community College, Fla. – 29 points
4. New Mexico Military Institute – 27 points
5. Cooke County Community College, Texas – 23 points
6. Anderson College, S.C. – 21 points
7. Gainesville Junior College, Ga. – 20 points
8. Yavapai Junior College, Ariz. – 16 points
9. Schreiner College, Texas – 11 points
10. Treasure Valley Community College, Ore. – 9 points
11. Harper College, Ill. – 7 points
11. College of DuPage, Ill. – 7 points
12. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Ga. – 6 points
13. Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Mich. – 5 points
13. Jefferson State Junior College, Ala. – 5 points
13. Nassau Community College, N.Y. – 5 points
13. Lansing Community College, Mich. – 5 points
17. Bucks County Community College, Penn. – 4 points
17. Walters State Community College, Tenn. – 4 points
17. Jefferson College, Mo. – 4 points
20. Oscar Rose Junior College, Okla. – 3 points
21. Cowley County Community College, Kan. – 2 points
21. Pima Community College, Ariz. – 2 points
21. Roane State Community College, Tenn. – 2 points
21. Middlesex Community College, N.J. – 2 points
25. Montgomery College, Md. – 1 point
25. Gadsden State Community College, Ala. – 1 point
25. Cobleskill College, N.Y. – 1 point

1982

In the 1982, the ACCAC title streak ended along with a 47 conference match win streak as the YC team struggled with the exception of the #1 and #2 players, Tim Dorsey and Kim Larsen. Before the start of season, Head Coach Dave Pettingill had a 39-0 ACCAC record. It was announced during the season that the program would be dropped following the season due to budget constraints. Members of the team were:

Tim Dorsey
Tony Stiegal
Kim Larsen
Rick Stempein
John Goodman
Lyle Garritano
Keith Nelson

@ Scottsdale Community College – L: 3-6
@ Arizona Western College – W: 5-4
2/26 @ Phoenix College – W: 7-2
2/27 @ Glendale Community College – L: 3-6
3/2 @ Mesa Community College – L: 3-6
3/4 @ New Mexico State University – L: 0-6
3/5 vs. West Texas State – L: 3-6
3/6 vs. New Mexico Military Institute – L: 2-7
3/7 vs. Midland College – L: 2-7
3/26 vs. Scottsdale Community College
4/2 vs. Glendale Community College
vs. Arizona Western College
vs. Pima Community College
vs. Mesa Community College