The 1948 men's tennis team won the second of the Tribe's back-to-back national championships.
The 1948 men's tennis team won the second of the Tribe's back-to-back national championships.
Men's Tennis National Championships
Updated: Saturday 05/19/2011 (ET)
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The College of William and Mary's 1946-47 men's tennis team posted the finest record in Tribe history when it claimed the team title at the National Intercollegiate Tournament in Los Angeles, in June of 1947. The netters, coached by Dr. Sharvey G. Umbeck, tallied 10 points to clinch first-place honors. Leading the way for the Tribe was Gardner Larned, who won the national singles title that same year by defeating Vic Seixas of North Carolina 6-3, 9-11, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Other members of the 1947 team included Tut Bartzen, Fred Kovaleski, Bob Doll, Bren Macken, Howe Atwater, Lyman Chennault, Dick Randell, Jim Macken, George Fricke, Bill Ozenberger and Bob Galloway.

In 1948, Kovelski and team captain Bartzen, returning as the nation's fourth-and fifth-ranked players, guided the Tribe to its second-straight national team title. In addition, the duo captured the national doubles championship, a feat that has yet to be repeated in William and Mary men's tennis history.

Gardner Larned won the national singles championship in 1947. W&M Men's Tennis National Championships
Gardner Larned - Singles Champion (pictured left)

Bernard Bartzen/Frank Kovaleski - Doubles Champions






Did You Know?After finishing as the national runner ups in 1946, the 1947 Tribe men's tennis team won the program's first national championship.
W&M is one of just six schools to have won more than one NCAA Division I men's tennis titles.

All-Time NCAA Division I
Men's Tennis Titles
Southern California - 18
Stanford -17
UCLA - 16
Georgia - 6
Virginia - 2
Baylor - 1
Illinois - 1
Michigan - 1
Notre Dame - 1
Pepperdine - 1
San Francisco - 1
Trinity - 1
Tulane - 1

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