Home
You Are Here: Home » Legacy Teams » Legacy Tennis

Legacy Tennis

tennis01In 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.

tennis02

 

 

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:

  • Mesa Community College
  • Scottsdale Community College
  • Pima Community College
  • Phoenix College
  • Arizona Western College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Yavapai College
  • 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**

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

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

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

  • Tyler Junior College, Texas – 34 points
  • Central Florida College – 29 points
  • Cooke County College, Texas – 29 points
  • Miami-Dade Community College-New World Center, Fla. – 24 points
  • Schreiner College, Texas – 24 points
  • Gainesville Junior College, Ga. – 21 points
  • New Mexico Military Institute – 21 points
  • Anderson College, S.C. – 18 points
  • Henry Ford Community College, Mich. – 14 points
  • Jefferson State Community College, Ala. – 14 points
  • Yavapai College, Ariz. – 14 points
  • Joliet Junior College, Ill. – 11 points
  • Lansing Community College, Mich. – 7 points
  • Normandale Community College, Minn. – 7 points
  • Gadsden State Community College, Ala. – 6 points
  • Surry Community College, N.C. – 6 points
  • Abraham Baldwin College, Ga. – 5 points
  • Cowley County Community College, Kan. – 5 points
  • Nassau Community College, N.Y. – 5 points
  • Clackamas Community College, Ore. – 4 points
  • Walters State Community College, Tenn. – 4 points
  • Seminole Junior College, Okla. – 3 points
  • Shelby State Community College, Tenn. – 3 points
  • Treasure Valley Community College, Ore. – 3 points
  • Arizona Western College – 2 points
  • College of DuPage, Ill. – 2 points
  • Essex Community College, N.J. – 2 points
  • John C. Calhoun College, Ala. – 2 points
  • 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**

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

  • Rick Stempein
  • 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

Scroll to top