Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Martinez inducted in Women's Collegiate Hall of Fame

From left to right are Jeff Moore, Lindsay Morse Bennett, Ce-
celia Martinez, Betsy Nagelsen McCormack, Katrina Adams,
Stacy Margolin Potter and Bob Meyers.
   Cecilia Martinez, a former college and pro standout and women's tennis pioneer from Northern California, was inducted in the ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame with five others on Monday in Williamsburg, Va.
   Martinez, the 1966 intercollegiate champion from San Francisco State, reached No. 4 in the world in doubles and No. 15 in singles.
   At the 1970 U.S. Open, Martinez and doubles partner Esme Emanuel handed out a questionnaire asking tennis fans whether they would support a women's tour and collected nearly 300 responses. Half of the men and two-thirds of the women said they would pay to attend a women's tournament.
   Also inducted in the Hall of Fame were:
   --Katrina Adams, the 1987 NCAA doubles champion (with Diane Donnelly) from Northwestern. Adams climbed to No. 8 in the world in doubles, winning 20 titles. A commentator for Tennis Channel since 2003, she will become the chairman of the board, CEO and president of the USTA in January.
   --Stacy Margolin Potter, who won the National Collegiate Singles Championship while at USC in 1977 and helped the Women of Troy capture the 1978 team title. As a pro, she reached a career-high No. 18 in singles.
   --Bob Meyers, who launched the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville women's team in 1979 and coached the Cougars to four straight NCAA Divison II championships, three NCAA singles titles and two NCAA doubles crowns.
   --Jeff Moore, who coached the University of Texas women for 23 years (1982-2005). Under Moore, the Longhorns captured the NCAA team title in 1993 and 1995, had two runner-up finishes and appeared in three other Final Fours.
   --Lindsay Morse Bennett, a former UC Irvine star who won the 1977 singles title at the Women's National Collegiate Championships.

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