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By Sally Milano, USTA.com
USTA First Vice President Katrina Adams is one of six people being inducted into the 2014 class of the ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame later this year. Adams joins former players Stacy Margolin (Potter), Cecelia Martinez and Lindsay Morse (Bennett) and coaches Bob Meyers and Jeff Moore, who will all be enshrined at an induction ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Mason School of Business on the College of William and Mary campus.
A Chicago native, Adams played college tennis at Northwestern, where she received ITA All-America honors in both singles and doubles in 1986 and 1987. She and Diane Donnelly teamed together to capture the NCAA doubles title in 1987, and they did it in impressive fashion -- without dropping a set in the tournament. The duo finished the season with a 24-match winning streak, a 36-2 record and a two-year mark of 72-5.
Adams left Northwestern in January 1988 to turn pro. During her rookie year, she reached the round of 16 in singles at Wimbledon (her best Grand Slam singles result) before losing to Chris Evert in three sets. In 1989, she was ranked No. 8 in the world in doubles, and during her 12-year career she won 20 doubles titles overall. Adams has been a television commentator for the Tennis Channel since 2003, and she also serves as executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis League.
Margolin (Potter) had a stellar freshman year at USC, where she won the 1977 National Collegiate Singles Championship title. The next year, playing at No. 1 singles, Potter helped her team capture the 1978 AIAW Division I Team Championships. An All-American from 1977 to 1979, Potter turned pro in 1979 and competed on tour until 1987. She played in 25 Grand Slam tournaments, including 11 US Opens, with her best result an appearance in the round of 16 in singles and mixed doubles (with John McEnroe) at the US Open in 1978. She reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 18.
Martinez was the Intercollegiate Champion for San Francisco State University in 1966. She went on to have a successful pro career, in which she was ranked in the Top 30 from 1968 to 1974 and reached the singles quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 1970, beating Virginia Wade along the way. Martinez is regarded as a pioneer for the current women's professional tour. At the 1970 US Open, she and her doubles partner, Esme Emanuel, planted themselves beneath the main scoreboard at Forest Hills and handed out a questionnaire asking tennis fans whether they would support a women's-only tour.
Meyers began the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville women's tennis program in 1979 and coached the team until 1989. Under his leadership, his teams won four straight NCAA Division II Championships plus three singles titles and two doubles titles. During that winning span, Meyers coached 32 players to All-America status. He was named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year for women's tennis in 1983 and earned the same honor for men's tennis in 1988.
Moore coached the University of Texas women's tennis team for 23 seasons, from 1982 to 2005, coaching before that at the University of Redlands and the University of Colorado. Moore led his Longhorn squad to the NCAA Championships every year of his coaching career. His teams captured NCAA team titles in 1993 and 1995, had two other runner-up finishes and three other Final 4 showings. During his time in Texas, he led the Longhorns to 10 Top 5 NCAA finishes, with 19 of his Longhorn student-athletes earning ITA All-America honors a total of 44 times. His career record is 594-208 (.741), with a 506-153 (.768) record in his 23 years at Texas.
Morse (Bennett) began her collegiate tennis career at UC Irvine in 1973. She won the 1974 Southern California Intercollegiate title in both singles and doubles while helping her team capture the team title. Morse was runner-up in women's singles and doubles at the women's National Collegiate Championships in 1974. In 1977, she won the singles title at the Women's National Collegiate Championship and was awarded the Student Athlete of the Year Award at UC Irvine, becoming the first female to win the award. An All-American in 1977-78, she played pro tennis for a year and reached a career-high singles ranking on No. 39 in 1980.