WILLIAMSBURG, Va. --- Anteater tennis earned a spot in the 2014 class of the illustrious ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame by way of Lindsay Morse.
Born in Pasadena, CA, Lindsay Morse (Bennett) started playing tennis at age 8 at her local club and played her first tennis tournament at age 11. She 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 the 'Eaters capture the team title.
During her collegiate career, she represented the US in the BP Cup, which was a college competition held between the US and England. She also stands second all-time in program history with 96 singles wins and 64 doubles wins. Her 86% singles win percentage and 84% doubles win percentage are the highest totals in Anteater history as she lost just 15 total singles matches and 12 total doubles matches in her four-year career.
She was runner-up in women's singles and doubles at the women's National Collegiate Championships held in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1974. Also that year, she won the National Amateur Clay Court Doubles Championships in Memphis and was runner up in singles. In 1977, she won the singles title at the Women's National Collegiate Championship in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1977, she was awarded the Student Athlete of the Year award at UC Irvine, becoming the first female to win the award. An All-American in 1977-1978, Bennett spent a year playing professional tennis and reached a career high singles ranking on No. 39 in 1980. Since retiring, she has taught tennis lessons at various clubs and plays on various USTA teams.
About the ITA Women's Collegiate Hall of Fame The ITA Women's Collegiate Hall of Fame was established in 1995 and honors outstanding collegiate players and coaches, as well as players who attended college and later had a significant impact on women's tennis. The Hall of Fame is located at the College of William and Mary's McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center, named for the late Mark McCormack, founder of sports marketing giant International Management Group, and his wife, former tennis pro Betsy Nagelsen.
Bennett is also a member of the UC Irvine Hall of Fame. She was the lone female in the inaugural class that was enshrined in 1983 alongside Dave Baker, F. Anthony Massimino, Al Irwin, and Steve Scott.
The official site of the ITA Women's Collegiate Hall of Fame is http://itahalloffame.org/. The inductions ceremony will be held on Nov. 15 at the College of William and Mary.