All rankings are at time record is mentioned unless otherwise noted

Program starts with six players. First action was Oct. 7, 1972 at Indiana. Bill Hopkins is first coach.

13-3. Ohio Valley League tournament champions.

14-2, OVL champs. UC second at Ohio state tournament. Linda Kiefer singles runner-up.

10-8. OVL champs.

7-6. OVL champs.


11-11. Debra Mapes becomes head coach. Kathy Couling reaches second round of MAIAW tourney.

15-12-1. Couling goes 21-11 and reaches MAIAW again.

6-15, sixth in Metro conference.

8-9, fifth in Metro. Marty Wolf becomes head coach.

1983 15-5, fifth in Metro.

7-13, eighth in Metro.

12-13, seventh in Metro.

20-8, fourth in Metro. Still school record for wins. Pam Whitehead sets current UC records with 25 doubles wins and 69 for career. 127 combined wins was UC record for 15 years. Chris Halbauer went 23-3 in singles and 24-1 in doubles, a UC record for singles wins and second for doubles. 47 combined wins was a record for 14 years.

17-10, sixth in Metro. Ashley Heiman went 24-3 to set UC record for singles wins. 44 combined wins was second-best at the time. Duo went 20-5 in doubles, third-best at UC at the time.

5-23, seventh in Metro. Dave Power becomes coach. Holly Stratton graduates with second-most doubles wins (49) and combined wins (101).

11-11, sixth in Metro. Heiman named All-Metro. Ashley Heiman named All-Metro. 70 career singles wins set a school record, 54 doubles wins and 124 combined wins were second.

10-11, seventh in Metro.

11-7, eighth in Metro. Pam Dodman coach.

10-11, second in Great Midwest Conference. Carol Tanner becomes coach. Karen Kippley and Brandi Kohnle win No. 1 doubles at GMC tourney. Kohnle wins No. 2 singles and Mary Spencer wins No. 3 singles. Spencer finishes career with second-most singles wins (65) and third-most combined (110).

7-11, fifth in GMC. Karen Kippley named All-GMC.

15-6, third in GMC. Brandi Kohnle goes 25-2 to set UC record for singles wins. She was ranked as high as No. 42 in the nation and won first 20 matches. Karen Kippley went 24-8, tied for second in season wins. Duo ranked as high as No. 53 in doubles. Kippley finishes career second in singles wins (65) and doubles wins (58) and third in combined wins (123).

4-19, sixth in GMC.

10-13, ninth in Conference USA. Marjie Spray second team All-C-USA.

6-18, 11th in C-USA.

9-10, ninth in C-USA. Freshman Kara Molony sets UC record with 27 singles wins, including 14-1 in duals.

15-8, 10th in C-USA. Molony second team All-C-USA after going 23-9, 17-5 in dual matches. Marjie Spray sets record with 71 career singles wins and finishes third in doubles wins (55) and second in combined (126).

17-6, 10th in C-USA. Second-most wins in school history. Kara Molony goes 37-5 to set current singles win record and named C-USA co-Player of the Year. She went 23-0 in dual matches, tying UC record by winning 20-straight matches. She became the first Bearcat woman to reach NCAA tournament, winning one match. Also set current record for combined wins (54). Broke career records for singles wins and combined wins as a junior. Jaime Stahl named ITA Scholar-Athlete All-America. Carol Tanner becomes UC's winningest coach. Amy Trocewicz leaves second all-time with 59 doubles wins.

14-12, sixth in C-USA. Kara Molony ranked as a high as No. 22 in the nation and No. 27 in doubles with sister Lyndsey. Kara All-C-USA, leaving with current UC record with 106 singles wins and 173 combined wins and second in doubles wins with 67.

13-12, fifth in C-USA. Khushchehr Italia goes 27-18, tied for second in single-season singles wins. Freshman Samantha Liu wins 24 doubles matches, still tied for second-best at UC.

12-12, ninth in C-USA. Italia named third-team All-C-USA, becomes second Bearcat to record three 20-win seasons. She leaves UC fourth in career singles wins (70) and fifth in combined (124). Jen Capuzzi graduates second in career singles wins (71) and combined wins (132) and third in doubles wins (61).

5-16 Kimberly Jones becomes head coach. Lyndsey Maloney finished second in school history with 139 combined wins and sixth in the record book with 68 singles wins.


11-11, tied for 11th in Big East.


16-9, 10th in Big East. Angela Wilson becomes head coach and is inducted into the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame.

11-13, tied for ninth in Big East.

10-16, 10th in Big East.



All rankings are at time record is mentioned unless otherwise noted

The first varsity tennis match took place with UC defeating Earlham, 2-1. UC defeated Ohio State by the same score later that spring.


6-0. Ohio Conference Champions

3-0. Charles Brigham becomes first coach.



5-1. Buckeye and Ohio Conference Champions. Ellis Flax went 17-0 and was singles champion of the BIAC and OIAC. Ben Moscowitz was singles runner-up in both conference tournaments and teamed with Flax to win both doubles titles.

5-0. Byron Huffman wins BIAC and OIAC singles titles and teams with Moses Flax for BIAC doubles title.





2-5-3. Ed Fox is OIAC singles champ and doubles champ with Louis Zimov.



7-3-2. Bill Talbert reaches NCAA singles semifinals and also qualifies in doubles with Rowland Hipple.



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Aaron Wienstein reaches second round of NCAA singles.



13-5, Mid-American Conference champs. Thorgny Haanes MAC singles and doubles (with Charles Thomas) champ.

10-4, MAC champs. George Menefee takes over as coach. Charles Thomas MAC singles champ. Norm Appel singles runner-up and teams with Thomas to win doubles.

11-5, 2nd in MAC.

11-4, MAC champs. Tony Trabert goes 17-0 in singles and wins MAC title and 14-0 in doubles with Bob Molt to win MAC. Trabert goes on to win NCAA singles title and team with Bud Igel to claim NCAA runner-up. UC finishes second in NCAA Tournament as a team behind USC.

9-7. MAC champs.

5-7, 3rd in MAC.

9-8. Trabert returns between tennis tour tournaments to go 6-0 in singles and 5-0 in doubles.


15-4. Harry Fogelman takes over as coach. Wally Holzman goes 18-0 in singles and 12-3 in doubles.

14-5, 2nd in Missouri Valley Conference. Bob Holzman goes 15-1 in singles and 13-2 in doubles.

17-3, 3rd MVC.

10-9, 3rd MVC.

18-3, MVC 2nd. 18 wins is a school-record. John Kline goes 18-2 in singles and 13-2 in doubles with Art Kunz.

15-3, MVC champs. John Kline is singles champ and doubles champ woth Art Kunz. Kline is 16-2 in singles, 14-1 in doubles.

8-7, MVC champs. John Powless is the new coach. Kline and Kunz are MVC doubles champs. Kline is No. 1 singles runner-up and Kunz is No. 2 singles champ.

5-10, fourth in MVC.

6-7, fourth in MVC. Ray Dieringer takes over as coach.

9-7, third in MVC.

10-6, third in MVC. Sam Nutty and Roy Kiessling MVC doubles runner-up.

4-7, fifth uin MVC. Roy Kiessling qualifies for NCAAs.

5-4, fifth in MVC. Roy Federici and Bill Ignatz are MVC doubles runner-up.

8-14, eighth in MVC. John Morris becomes head coach.

15-11, fourth in MVC. Arlo Vandenover goes 19-10 and wins MVC No. 3 singles champ.

8-11. Freshman John Peckskamp wins Central Collegiate Championship. Peckskamp and Arlo Vandenover qualify for NCAAs in singles and doubles, falling in the first round in all three cases.

20-9, school-record for wins. Jeff Bates goes 22-7. Vandenover finishes career with 106 combined wins and 52 doubles wins, school-records. John Peckskamp goes 23-5 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.

31-1, including 30-straight wins. Still a UC record for wins. Only loss was 5-4 to Florida. John Peckskamp, Mike Czarnecki, John Hill and Aureo Cambel all reach NCAA tournament. Peckskamp and Czarnecki reach third round, Cambel second and Hill first. Peckskamp and Hill reach third round in doubles and Cambel and Czarnecki reach second. UC finishes tied for 14th. The top five current records in UC history for singles, doubles and combined wins in a season were set in this season.

      Mike Czarnecki - 31-4 singles/27-4 doubles/58-8 combined.
      John Hill - 30-2/31-1/61-3
      Jeff Bates - 29-3/31-1/60-4
      Aureo Cambel - 27-6/28-5/55-11
      John Peckskamp - 27-6/23-7/50-13
      Bob Helmers - 25-7/23-6/48-13

Bob Helmers finished with UC records for career wins in singles (69), doubles (55) and combined (124).

16-4. Won first 12 matches, running winning streak to 42-straight dual matches. Peckskamp, Cambel and Czarnecki reach NCAAs, with Peckskamp reaching second round and Peckskamp and Cambel playing in doubles. Cambel went 20-0 in regular season, 20-1 overall. Peckskamp, the only Bearcat to qualify for four NCAA tourneys, finishes with current UC records for career wins in singles (73), doubles (60) and combined (133). Cambel finished third in career singles wins (64), doubles wins (54) and combined wins (118).

9-14. Charles "Chic" Hawley becomes head coach.

6-16, fourth in Metro Conference.

13-11, second in Metro. Former great Roy Kiessling takes over as coach. Bob Kronauge and Al Matthews win Metro No. 1 doubles title.

9-14, fifth in Metro. Bob Kronauge goes 22-6 and reaches NCAA first round. Kronauge and Ed Cruzat go 21-7 in doubles and also reach NCAA first round.

11-15, fourth in Metro. Kronauge is Metro Conference champ and Most Outstanding Player. Reaches NCAA first round.

9-23, fifth in Metro.

8-12, sixth in Metro.

8-8, fifth in Metro. Marty Wolf takes over as coach.

8-6, sixth in Metro.

11-8, eighth in Metro.

15-6, eighth in Metro.

12-8, sixth in Metro.

8-5, sixth in Metro.

7-17, seventh in Metro. Dave Power becomes coach.

10-12, seventh in Metro.

9-10, sixth in Metro.

12-11, sixth in Metro.

12-9, second in Great Midwest Conference.

10-6, second in GMC. Jay Harris, Kyle Mason and Travis Raque named All-GMC. UC finishes ranked No. 12 in the region.

9-12, second in GMC. Zaheed Essof named All-GMC. Essof wins No. 5 singles title and Martin Harker and Andy Roth win No. 2 doubles.

11-12, second in GMC. Martin Harker and Tom Svoboda All-GMC. UC finished ranked No. 14 in the region. Travis Raque ties school-record with 60 career doubles wins and is fifth in combined (114).

10-6, 10th in Conference USA.

97 11-11, ninth in C-USA. Brett DeCurtis becomes coach.

11-14, 10th in C-USA. Robert Topala third team All-Conference USA.

Bill Talbert

Born: Cincinnati, OH September 4, 1918.
Died: New York City, February 28, 1999.
Wife: Nancy Pike, former editor of Vogue and Life Magazines.
Two Sons: Pike and Peter

Hughes High School
Won both Singles and Doubles State titles.

University of Cincinnati
Reached NCAA Semifinals in 1939 as a Bearcat

Davis CupMember of the United States Davis Cup team, 1946, 48, 49, 51-53.

  • Doubles winner on two victorious Davis Cup teams, 1948,49.
  • Won nine out of 10 matches as a player including the clinching point in the Davis Cup victory over Australia in 1948. Captain of five United States Davis Cup teams, 1953-57. (compiled a 13-4 record).
  • Was captain of the 1954 team that won the cup back from the Australians. Trabert was the number one player on that team. Named to first U.S. Junior Davis Cup squad ever chosen.

    U.S. Championships (later known as the U.S. Open)
    Doubles champion four times, 1943-45-46-48, partner Gardnar Mulloy
    Mixed Doubles champion four straight years, 1943-46 (Margaret Osborne duPont)
    Singles runner-up twice, 1944, 45.
    Mixed Doubles runner-up twice, 1948, 49.

    With Trabert
    French Doubles champion with Tony Trabert, 1950.
    Italian Open Doubles champion with Tony Trabert, 1950.

    Other Accomplishments
    Ranked USLTA Singles top ten 13 times between 1941-1954.
           Ranked second in Singles 1944-45.
           Ranked in World top 10 1949, 50. (No. 2 in 1944).
    Co-author of 8 tennis books including his autobiography, "Playing for Life.".
    National clay court Doubles champion four times, 1942,44,45,46.
    Italian Open Singles finalist 1950.
    Known as "Mr. Tennis."
    Was the first person with diabetes to compete internationally in athletic competition.
    Served on numerous advisory boards for diabetes.
    Won 33 National Tennis Titles in his career.
    Won 1943 Tri-State Championship with Alvin Bunis
    Played on Grand Masters (seniors) tour in the 1970's

    Halls of Fame
    Named to the National Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame, 1967.
    Named To the Hamilton County Hall of Fame 1972.
    Named to the College Tennis Hall of Fame 1984.
    Named to the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame 2002 (one of two in inaugural class).

    Trabert said of Talbert in 3-2-99 article published in the Post
           He "was one of the three most influential men in my life, along with my dad and my high school basketball coach, Willie Bass. They taught you so many things, not just the way you're supposed to play. He's a lifelong friend, and the sport has lost a leader and a great contributor. He did so many things, there's no way you could recite them all."

    Tony Trabert

    Born: Cincinnati, OH August 18, 1930.
    Current Wife: Vicki Valenti
    Two Children: Brooke and Mike (with first wife, Shauna Wood).
    Three Step Children: James, Valerie, and Robbie.

    Walnut Hills High School
    Undefeated while a student
    Three time Ohio Singles Champion (1946, 47, 48).

    University of Cincinnati
    NCAA Singles Champion 1951 (Doubles Runner-up)
           UC took second that year, finishing two points behind Southern California. Starting guard on the 1951 Bearcat quintet that participated in the National Invitation Tournament (first post-season appearance for basketball team).

    Davis Cup
    Member of the United States Davis Cup team, 1951-55.
    Compiled a 26-8 Davis Cup record.
    Captain of five United States Davis Cup teams, 1953, 1976-80.

  • Was number one of the 1954 team that won the cup back from the Australians. Talbert was the captain of that team.

    U.S. Championships (later known as the U.S. Open)
    Singles Champion 1953, 55.

  • He did not lose a set in these victories. Doubles Champion 1954.

    Singles Champion 1955.

  • Again, he never lost a set. Doubles runner-up 1954

    French Open
    Singles Champion 1954, 55.
    Doubles Champion 1950 (with Bill Talbert), 1954, 55 (with Vic Seixas).

    Italian Open
    Doubles champion 1950, with Bill Talbert.
    Doubles runner-up 1954
    Mixed Doubles champion, 1954.

    Australian Open
    Doubles Champion 1955, with Vic Seixas

  • This is the only title Trabert was missing in 1955 for the Grand Slam. He was beaten by the eventual champion, Ken Rosewell, in the semifinals.

    Other Accomplishments
    Sigma Sigma
    ULEX member
    Ranked USLTA Singles top 10 four times. Ranked number one twice (1953, 55).
    National Indoor Junior Singles and Doubles Champion 1948.
    Served nearly two years in the Navy, 1952.
    National Clay Court Singles champion 1951, 55.
    National Clay Court Doubles Champion 1951, 54, 55.
    United States Hardcourt Champion, Singles 1954, Doubles 1950, 1953.
    National Indoor Singles and Doubles champion 1955.
    World Pro Doubles Title, 1956.
    World Pro Singles runner-up, 1960.
    William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement from the UC alumni, 1994.
    Tri-State Singles Champion, twice.

    Halls of Fame
    Named to the Hamilton County Hall of Fame 1968.
    Named to the National Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame, 1970.
    Named to the College Tennis Hall of Fame 1983.
    Named to the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame 2002 (one of two in inaugural class).

    Trabert listed as greatest thrill in sports on new athlete questionnaire in 1950, "winning Doubles championships of Monaco, Italy, and Paris, France with Bill Talbert."

    As a team, Trabert and Talbert have the CTC sportsmanship trophy named after them.

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