2008-09 RICE MEN’S TENNIS MEDIA GUIDE INTRODUCTION Table of Contents & Quick Facts................................................................1 Mission Statement........................................................................................2 Conference USA...........................................................................................3 Jake Hess Tennis Stadium..........................................................................4 Schedule........................................................................................................5 Outlook............................................................................................................6 Frank Guernsey Captain Award..................................................................7 Roster..............................................................................................................8 RICE UNIVERSITY Athletic Heritage.........................................................................................10 2007-08 Year in Review...............................................................................12 Rice Traditions.............................................................................................14 Rice University............................................................................................16 College Life..................................................................................................20 Academics Excellence and Athletics......................................................22 Rice and the City of Houston.....................................................................24 COACHES Head Coach Ron Smarr.............................................................................26 Assistant Coach Efe Ustundag.................................................................27 Volunteer Assistant Coach Dwight Edwards.........................................28 Support Staff................................................................................................28 2008-09 RICE OWLS Christoph Müller.........................................................................................30 Dennis Polyakov..........................................................................................31 Vishnu Rajam...............................................................................................32 Bruno Rosa..................................................................................................33 Tobias Scheil................................................................................................34 Chong Wang................................................................................................35 Sam Garforth-Bles......................................................................................36 Christian Saravia.........................................................................................36 Isamu Tachibana.........................................................................................37 Andy Wang...................................................................................................37 Rice Tennis Reunion...................................................................................38
GENERAL INFORMATION Location................................................................................ Houston, Texas Enrollment...............................................................................................5,145 Founded.............................................................1891 (First classes in 1912) Nickname................................................................................................Owls Mascot..................................................................................Sammy the Owl Colors...................................................................................... Blue and Gray President.......................................................................... David W. Leebron Director of Athletics........................................................... Chris Del Conte Conference........................................................................Conference USA Member Since...................................................................................2005 TENNIS STAFF Head Coach..................................................................................Ron Smarr Record at Rice (11 seasons)...................................................... 193-105 Career Record (38 seasons)...................................................... 807-394 Best Time for Interview...................................................... Contact SID Assitant Head Coach..............................................................Efe Ustundag Year at Rice..........................................................................Fifth Season TEAM INFORMATION 2007-08 Record........................................................................................ 17-9 2007-08 Conference USA Record........................................................... 2-3 2008 Conference USA Tournament Finish..............................Lost in Final 2008 Postseason............................................................NCAA Round of 32 Final ITA Ranking.........................................................................................22 Home........................................................................................................... 8-4 Away........................................................................................................... 7-4 Neutral........................................................................................................ 2-1 vs. Nationally Ranked Opponents........................................................ 13-8 Letterwinners Returning/Lost..................................................................6/3 Newcomers...................................................................................................4 FACILITY Home Court.......................................................Jake Hess Tennis Stadium Capacity.............................................................................................1,400
HISTORY 2007-08 Stats................................................................................................40 All-Time Series............................................................................................41 Athletic Honors...........................................................................................42 Academic Honors.......................................................................................46 All-Time Letterwinners...............................................................................48
RICE OWLS Mission of Rice Athletics • In support of the educational mission of Rice University. • Our mission is to guide and support Rice students in the pursuit of excellence – academically, athletically, and socially. • Above all else, we produce difference-makers. Guiding Principles of Rice Athletics Five principles guide and govern our actions at all times and in our affairs. They define “what we stand for” and “what we won’t stand for.” They include: 1. Respect We treat ourselves and those we serve with dignity, kindness, and respect. 2. Positive Attitude We are forward-thinking. We approach our challenges and opportunities with a positive attitude. We enjoy what we do. 3. Focus We are focused on prioritizing and completing what’s most important. We have a stong work ethic. 4. Accountability We set clear performance standards and are personally accountable for our actions. We know that we are important part of a great team. 5. Continuous Improvement We are always looking for innovative and efficient ways to get things accomplished.
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RICE OWLS CONFERENCE USA Welcome to Conference USA, home to 12 nationally prominent, tradition-rich members in East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UCF and UTEP. This combination enhances men’s and women’s programs that are steeped in athletic success and academic prowess. Together, we are committed to excellence, integrity and leadership in athletics, academics and in our communities. Dedication to excellence is a common thread for C-USA and the guiding initiative for the league’s promising future. All C-USA institutions sponsor Division I-A football, along with several other men’s and women’s athletic programs, many of which compete regularly for NCAA Championships. C-USA sponsors competition in 19 sports — nine for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field) and 10 for women (basketball, cross country, golf, softball, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball). The league sponsors numerous academic awards, including the Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Commissioner’s Academic Medal, indicative of outstanding achievement in the classroom. C-USA annually awards six postgraduate scholarships, along with the Sport Academic Award, Scholar Athletes of the Year and the Institutional Academic Excellence Award.
SUCCESS OFF THE FIELD C-USA institutions are among the nation’s best in academic performance among student-athletes, bolstered by the fact that student-athletes at league schools have a higher graduation rate than the general student population. Among C-USA’s 5,000 student-athletes, there are champions off the playing field as well. In 12 years, 105 student-athletes earned national ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors, while 338 were named All-District. In addition, more than 13,000 student-athletes have been named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll or received the Commissioner’s Academic Medal, indicative of outstanding achievement in the classroom. C-USA IN THE COMMUNITY The conference’s footprint is concentrated with 12 members in nine states and a combined area population of nearly 17 million. More than 1.1 million living alumni represent C-USA schools across the nation. With a renewed commitment to community involvement, the conference has begun development of several initiatives to maintain strong ties in C-USA cities, as well as with fans and alumni across the country. C-USA schools also place a priority on giving back to their communities through volunteer service with local and national organizations. GOVERNANCE Along with the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC, Conference USA is one of the seven conferences having significant representation in the NCAA governance structure.
C-USA Success on the Playing Field Conference USA performers have achieved great success in competition, placing the league among the top conferences in the nation. Football • Rated among the top seven conferences in the country. • 44 teams have earned bowl bids • Member of the Bowl Championship Series • Bowl tie-ins with the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, GMAC Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl and Texas Bowl Men’s Basketball • Consistently rated as one of the top basketball leagues in the country • 75 postseason teams (42 NCAA and 33 NIT) • One NCAA National Championship Game appearance • Three Final Four teams • Seven Elite Eight NCAA Tournament teams • One NIT Champion and four NIT semifinalists • Inaugural CBI Champion
Women’s Basketball • 42 NCAA Tournament appearances • 29 WNIT appearances • One team in the NCAA Sweet 16 • Two WNIT semifinalists
Conference USA Commissioner Birtton Banowsky
The Presidents of the member institutions serve as the league’s Board of Directors. R. Gerald Turner of SMU currently serves as chair of the Board. A PROUD HISTORY; A PROMISING FUTURE Conference USA was formed in 1995 and quickly emerged as one of the nation’s top conferences. The conference unveiled its name, logo and commissioner on April 24, 1995 in Chicago. The league’s charter members included Charlotte, Cincinnati, DePaul, Houston, Louisville, Marquette, Memphis, Saint Louis, Southern Miss, Tulane, UAB and USF. Eleven of the institutions began athletic participation in 1995, while Houston joined competition in the fall of 1996. The league’s headquarters were established in Chicago and after nine years, relocated to the current office in Irving, Texas. Britton Banowsky was named Commissioner in October 2002, succeeding Mike Slive, the league’s first commissioner.
Baseball • 39 NCAA appearances • Four College World Series appearances in 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2001 • Nine Super Regional appearances • Has produced at least four NCAA teams in each of the last six seasons
C-USA added East Carolina (September, 1996) and the United States Military Academy (March, 1997) as football members. ECU began league competition in 1997; Army in 1998 and UAB began football play in 1999. The league added TCU and ECU (1999) for all sports and they began competition in 2001. USF started CUSA football in 2003.
In addition, 29 volleyball teams, 43 men’s and women’s soccer teams and 21 softball teams have earned NCAA Tournament bids. C-USA has sent three men’s soccer teams to the NCAA College Cup, five softball teams to the Women’s College World Series and three volleyball teams to the Sweet 16.
After celebrating its 10th Anniversary during the 2004-05 season, C-USA began a new chapter in 2005-06 when its current membership came together to form the new look of the league.
The league has also had three national champions in NCAA track and field competition, one national champion in diving and numerous NCAA individual and team competitors in cross country, golf, swimming, tennis and track and field.
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Since its formation, C-USA has established a strong foundation, an identity and a history that reflects the league’s national presence. Twelve years of remarkable history has reinforced the league’s position in collegiate athletics, setting the course for the next decade and beyond. 3
RICE OWLS JAKE HESS TENNIS STADIUM
One of the finest facilities in the southwest, the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium gives the Owls a definite home-court advantage. Located adjacent to Tudor Fieldhouse and Reckling Park, the stadium was constructed in 1970. The stadium is named after Jake Hess, the major donor of the facility. Mr. Hess, along with his younger brother Wilbur Hess, was one of Rice’s greatest tennis players. He was the Owls’ first all-America player (1932). Wilbur was Rice’s first NCAA champion in tennis, winning the singles crown in 1935. In addition to serving as home court for all Rice dual matches and tournaments, the stadium also was the site of the tennis competition at the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival, the 1990 and 1994 SWC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships and the 1994 NCAA Men’s and 1997 NCAA Women’s regional championships. Rice also hosted the 2004 Western Athletic Conference Championships and 2006 Conference USA Championships at the stadium and will host the 2009 C-USA Women’s Championship. In 2004, the athletics department named center court of the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium for former letterman and 1950 All-America Jack A. Turpin. At Rice, Turpin teamed with Chick Harris to win the 1950 Southwest Conference doubles championships before the pair went on to earn All-America distinction. Turpin continues to be a force in the sport of tennis at Rice and throughout the state of Texas. His dedication to the sport has led to the United States Tennis Association - Texas Section honoring him with the W.T. Caswell Service Award in 1964. In 1989, Turpin was inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame. In the first event on the newly named Jack Turpin Stadium Court, the Owls hosted the Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s championships. The Rice men were triumphant, winning their first conference title since 1972. Since then, Rice has named three more courts for former Owls: Ron Fisher (Court 2), Fredrik G. Gradin (Court 3) and Alberto Carrero (Court 4). The 1,400-seat stadium features lighted courts, covered seating for spectators and a large scoreboard behind the center court. Since its opening in 1970, the stadium has seen a number of renovations, including the addition of lights to allow for night play as well as a locker rooms for both the men’s and women’s teams in 2005. In 2002, Jake Hess Tennis Stadium experienced a face-lift as the original six courts were completely redone, additional covered bleachers and benches were added. In 2006, the courts were resurfaced in blue and new windscreens were installed, creating a new look for the home team. In 2009, the area outside the stadium underwent a dramatic beautification 4
process with the construction of the Audrey Moody Ley Plaza, linking the Tudor Fieldhouse Complex, Reckling Park and Hess Stadium in a spectacular way. Naming one of the two remaining courts at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium is an unique and lasting way to demonstrate your support to the Rice University tennis programs. Each court donor will be honored with a permanent plaque on the court bearing his or her name. Tax deductible donations may be made as a lump sum bequest or installments over a 5-year period. Under the leadership of head coach Ron Smarr, the last 10 years have shown dramatic improvement and Rice has once again risen to the top of the Division I tennis ranks. But it is time to take this program to the next level, to bring home that NCAA team trophy that has eluded us on three occasions in the past. Rice has always offered the best of both worlds to a student-athlete, an education that’s second to none and a tennis program that has a winning tradition. Times are changing; the face of a program has become critical in recruiting talented student-athletes. We appreciate your support and look forward to another exciting season of Rice tennis.
Benefits to Court Naming at Jake Hess Stadium
• Gift will directly benefit tennis program as well as current-use scholarship monies for the tennis program. • Benefits associated with membership in Rice Athletics fund, our umbrella athletic fundraising organization. • Donation is tax deductible. • Name on the court with new Rice athletic logo next to it. • Honored with a permanent plaque bearing his or her name. • Only $10,000 a year for five years or can be lump sum bequest. • Just two courts remain so act quickly on this unique and exciting opportunity.
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RICE OWLS 2009 SCHEDULE JAN. 16 MEMPHIS JAN. 16 TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO JAN. 18 LAMAR JAN. 18 PRAIRIE VIEW A&M JAN. 21 TCU Jan. 24 at Florida Atlantic Jan. 25 at Miami National Team Indoors Qualifying Jan. 31 vs. Wake Forest
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51st Annual Hampton Inn Galleria Rice Invite MARCH 20 TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN MARCH 21 TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI MARCH 22 SAN DIEGO STATE
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Conference USA Tournament April 17 Orlando, Fla. April 18 Orlando, Fla. April 19 Orlando, Fla. NCAA First & Second Rounds May 8 Campus Sites TBA May 9 Campus Sites TBA May 10 Campus Sites TBA
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RICE OWLS 2008-09 OUTLOOK The Rice men’s tennis program has made seven NCAA tournament appearances over the last eight years, including a current streak of six straight appearances, but the Owls will have to tackle a grueling schedule to keep the streak alive. The Owls face 17 nationally-ranked opponents, including seven Top-25 foes. If that task weren’t enough, seven of their eight true road matches are against ranked opponents. “Our schedule is very tough,” head coach Ron Smarr said. “Having a tough schedule helped us get in the tournament in 2007. We face some very good teams, but we believe it will pay off in the long run. We want to play the best schedule we can play, because we believe we can win enough matches and that will take care of everything else.” Smarr is entering his 39th season as a collegiate head coach, including the last 11 at Rice. He passed the 800-win mark last season and is closing in on 200 victories at Rice, which would make him the first head coach in school history to reach that distinction. With an established, veteran coach at the helm, the Rice men’s tennis program has a clear set of goals. Smarr would like for the Owls be a perennial top-16 team, so Rice can host NCAA First and Second Round matches, and he would like to see his team get over the hump and win the Conference USA championship. Rice has appeared in each of the last three Conference USA finals, but have failed to bring home a title after being denied by Tulsa each time. “We play in a good conference,” Smarr said. “Tulsa is a great team and SMU and UCF are getting better. I believe we’re capable of winning the championship -- we have the talent, we just have to put it together.” The Owls return a pair of first-team all-conference performers as well as talented newcomers ready to contribute Junior Bruno Rosa returns as the Owls’ No. 1 player and enters the season ranked 26th nationally and sixth in the South Central region. Rosa claimed all-America, Conference USA Newcomer of the Year and first-
team all-conference honors in 2008, after posting a 17-6 record (16-6 at No. 1) and earning a spot in the NCAA Singles Championship. Senior Christoph Müller ranked as high as 35th nationally as a junior and earned all-conference accolades in both singles and doubles. Muller boasted a 17-6 record (15-6 at No. 2, 2-0 at No. 1). “We have guys at the top who are capable of beating anybody in the country on any given day,” Smarr said. “We may do some switching at the No. 1 spot depending on who is playing well, but we’re fortunate to have two players as talented as them.” Freshman Sam Garforth-Bles ranks 61st nationally and 11th in the region prior to his rookie campaign. Junior Chong Wang posted a 12-11 record last season, mostly from the No. 5 position, while Dennis Polyakov went 11-10, mostly from the No. 6 spot. Smarr will also rely on freshmen Isamu Tachibana and Christian Saravia to contribute right away. “The guys are fairly even three through seven so we’ll try to matchup and see who steps up,” Smarr said. “I feel we have better depth this season and that will help us in the close matches and help us finish matches.” With the parity in collegiate tennis, Smarr tries to instill his philosophy into his team to get the most out of them when it counts most. “With this scoring system, if you lose the doubles point, almost anybody can beat anybody,” Smarr said. “The season is a never-ending battle, so you don’t have time to dwell on the outcomes. “That’s how close it is, but with the quality of the competition we face all year, we need to focus on getting better each match.”
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RICE OWLS FRANK GUERNSEY CAPTAIN AWARD The Rice men’s tennis program has established the Frank Guernsey Captain Award in memory of the two-time national champion and 1940 Bob Quin Award winner. Bruno Rosa and Hoony Shin were selected as the inaugural winners last season. Below are excerpts of an article profiling Guernsey’s life as written by 1949 Rice football All-America pick Froggy Williams for The Cornerstone, Rice’s historical society newsletter. This article was originally published in the Summer of 2007. Guernsey was born and reared in Orlando, Florida. He literally grew up playing tennis and advises us that he remembers playing constantly as an 8-10 year old in Orlando. He attended high school in Orlando and played tennis. However, Frank made the point that there was no tennis coach at Orlando High School. His father encouraged him to play and drove him to the state meets to participate. So, with this sort of background, Guernsey won high school state singles championships in 1933, 1934 and 1935. The meets were in nearby Gainesville. Guernsey enrolled at the University of Florida. They would not offer him a scholarship to play tennis. Therefore he refused to compete in the tennis program there. So what is an enterprising young man to do with his obvious tennis skills? Given his love of tennis, he does what you would expect. He starts entering tennis tournaments all over the southern part of the United States. Now remember, these are all amateurs, so he is not endangering any of his college, i.e. NCAA, eligibility playing in these tournaments. Question: where is his Rice Institute connection? Well, in those tournaments, some Rice tennis players are competing. Joe Lucia and Bobby Curtis, both from Rice, were playing in some of these same tournaments. However, the crucial connection was Wilbur Hess. Wilbur Hess is another whole story, but he had won an NCAA tennis championship at Rice in 1935, and had continued to compete in tournaments where he will come in contact with Guernsey and become aware of his skills on the court. The Rice tennis coach is Quinn Connelly. Lucia and Curtis (a NCAA doubles champion in 1946) start suggesting that Guernsey should come to Texas and play tennis at the Rice Institute. Guernsey thinks this has merit, but he will only consider it if he has a scholarship. So Lucia calls Connelly and asks him to offer Guernsey a scholarship. Well, Connelly has never heard of Guernsey, so he tells Lucia and Curtis that he will have to check it out. Connelly contacts Hess for his opinion. Hess promptly answers that he should grant Guernsey a scholarship and in the process told Connelly that Guernsey would win an NCAA championship for the Rice Institute. With that phone call from Lucia to Connelly and Connelly’s call to Hess Rice institute athletic history was made. Guernsey did accept and came to Houston in the fall of 1936 to enroll as a freshman. Rice, being Rice, was not willing to accept any of his credits for courses takes at the University of Florida. So Guernsey now enters a new chapter in his young life that will changes his whole direction as a student eventually will affect his whole life. The rules for athletes in this era called for freshmen to wait one year to be allowed to compete in varsity athletics. The time is 1936-37. Therefore Guernsey began his competitive varsity career as a tennis player in 1938. It is soon abundantly clear that Hess is a prophet. Guernsey will win the Southwest Conference singles tennis championship for three consecutive years, 1938-40. There are some excellent tennis players in the conference, in particular, Both Kamrath (Texas) and Lefty Brown (Baylor). However, Guernsey will carry his tennis career to far higher levels than the Southwest Conference. He will win the NCAA National Singles Championships in 1938 and 1939. Historically, this feat has not been replicated by any other Rice tennis player in the history of the university. Guernsey also was awarded the Bob Quin Award as an outstanding male athlete for Rice in 1940. In one sense, we can consider chapter two to be on Guernsey’s tennis career after he graduated from Rice. As a starter, Guernsey won the 1939 singles title at the River Oaks Invitational Tournament. River Oaks, certainly at that time, was a reasonably prestigious tournament, As you can see, this was while he was still at the Rice Institute. In 1941, he and Don McNeil teamed up to win the National Indoor Doubles Championship, defeating Jack Kramer and Bobby Riggs. Also in 1941, he paired up with Riggs to win the River Oaks Doubles Championship, again beating Kramer, who had teamed with Ted Schroeder. About this time, Guernsey’s life starts to get complicated. The U.S. government has passed a peacetime military conscription program to build up the military capability of the armed forces of the USA. So by 1940, all men over the age of 18 are registered and eligible to be drafted. The Orlando draft board found some way to locate Guernsey in Houston. Guernsey was determined to join the Army Air Force instead of waiting to be drafted. After signing up for the Air Force in April 1941, he was sent to California for training to be a pilot. This was a three-step process and by the time he graduated and got his pilot’s ranking, December 7, 1941, had come and gone. The U.S. was at war with Japan and Germany. He was assigned as a fighter pilot flying small single engine fighter airplanes. During his serve career, he flew P-39, P-40 and P-47 fighter planes. Upon graduation in 1942, his whole squadron in California was sent off to the Aleutian Islands off Alaska. The Japanese had mounted a flotilla and were set to invade the Aleutians. The target was Kiska Island and a small town called Dutch Harbor. The
newly minted pilots were flying planes to get there immediately to resist the invasion. They ran into inclement weather in Utah and were literally grounded for three weeks. The Japanese had already successfully landed at Dutch Harbor and taken over before the squadron could ever get to Fairbanks. By the time the U.S. forces got organized they were able to neutralize the Japanese intrusion by regular bombing raids. This is an amusing war incident since the capture of Dutch Harbor had little or no military value to the Japanese, In 1943, Guernsey was in Florida training Air Force pilots. In 1944, Guernsey was transferred to the European theatre. The “D” Day landing was successful for the US-British forces, and there was a need to have complete control of the air war in Europe by mid-1944. He was based in London and flew missions until “Victory in Europe”, which means until May 1945, when Germany surrendered. He was flying support missions in the air war, bombing German cities in 1944-45. He shot down two of Germany’s premier aircraft during this phase of his career as an Army Air Force fighter pilot. Guernsey also was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, which is the highest award available except for the Medal of Honor. He also was given the Air Medal and eventually had five clusters attached to that honor medal. There is a wonderful anecdotal story that you need to know. The European war ended in May 1945. The British have a great love affair with their Wimbledon tennis tournament. The British immediately made plans to restart Wimbledon since peace had been secured. As part of the program, the British powers-that-be planned a tennis match between members of the British military and Americans in the military. Guernsey helped to organize and train the American entrants. As you would expect, the Americans promptly beat the British contingent as winners of this part of the Wimbledon tournament in 1945. Along the way, the Queen of England to the Americans and congratulated them on their performance. It was great ending of the war period and return to normalcy in Great Britain. Before Guernsey can be moved to the Pacific theater, the atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima and that ends the Japanese-American war. Guernsey eventually mustered out of the Army Air Force and takes a job with Wilson Sporting Goods in New York. In 1946, he paired up with Don McNeil to win the men’s indoor championship in doubles, beating Pedro Segura and his partner. In this period, he also met and married a lady from New York. Guernsey appears to be settling down in New York. However, due to a job change, Guernsey’s life would also change. He went to work for SORG Printing Company. This company specialized in financial printing and was well known for quality work. By a strange twist, SORG brought a printing company in Houston and in 1954 transferred Guernsey to Houston. He had longed to return to Houston, so this was a made-to-order assignment for him. Although the company prospered in Houston, a decision was made to sell the operation. Guernsey and his associates put together an investment group and bought the company. 43 years later, Guernsey retired as chairman of Charles P. Young Company. During his business career, Guernsey managed to enter tennis and golf tournament. He seemingly was almost as talented in golf as in tennis. He did play tennis through the 1970s and 1980s; he was the Texas Senior Golf Champion in 1977-78. He continued to participate in golf tournaments and was Lakeside Country Club Champion for seven years consecutively. In 1989, Guernsey was inducted into the ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. At the same event, Wilbur Hess also was inducted. This is somewhat of a wonderful piece of timing since it was Hess who was at least partially responsible for Guernsey’s coming to Rice Institute in 1936. A search of the Rice tennis history pretty well tells the story of any Rice player. It is beyond any difference of opinion that Guernsey has the best credentials in the tennis history of Rice University.
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RICE OWLS 2009 ROSTER NAME Sam Garforth-Bles Christoph Müller Dennis Polyakov Vishnu Rajam Bruno Rosa Christian Saravia Tobias Scheil Isamu Tachibana Andy Wang Chong Wang
HT. YR. 6-3 Fr. 6-1 Sr. 5-10 Jr. 6-7 R-So. 5-10 Jr. 5-9 Fr. 6-2 Sr. 5-11 Fr. 6-0 Fr. 5-11 Sr.
EXP. HS 3L 2L 1L 1L HS 2L HS HS 1L
HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL) Bragg Creek, Alberta (Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School) Karlsruhe, Germany (Max-Planck-Gymnasium) Houston, Texas (Clear Creek HS) Chennai, India (American International School-Chennai) Florianopolis, Brazil (Coopereduca School) Guatemala City, Guatemala (University of Miami (Fla.) Online Bad Abbach, Germany (Colorado) Canyon Lake, Texas (Texas Tech Online HS) Tampa, Fla. (Sickles HS) Houston, Texas (USC)
Head Coach Ron Smarr Assistant Coach Efe Ustundag Volunteer Assistant Coach Dwight Edwards
From left to right: Assistant Coach Efe Ustundag, Christian Saravia, Chong Wang, Andy Wang, Sam Garforth-Bles, Tobias Scheil, Vishnu Rajam, Isamu Tachibana, Christoph Müller, Bruno Rosa, Dennis Polyakov, Head Coach Ron Smarr.
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R Athletic Highlights
• The first NCAA team championship for Rice, occurred in 2003, when the Owls won the College World Series. • The 1946 football Owls were Southwest Conference co-champions and went on to defeat Tennessee in the Orange Bowl. • In 2000, Rice won an unprecedented six Western Athletic Conference titles. The Owls were victorious in women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and baseball. • A total of 16 Owls have been drafted in the first round by Major League Baseball clubs. • Trevor Cobb won the Doak Walker Award in 1991 as the nation’s top running back. He was a two-time All-America and a threetime most valuable player for the Owls.
Doak Walker presents Trevor Cobb the Doak Walker Trophy as the nation’s best running back for 1991.
Athletic Heritage • Morris Almond, was the 25th pick in the first round by the Utah Jazz in the 2007 NBA Draft. He became the first Rice Owl to be selected in the first round since Ricky Pierce was the 18th overall pick in the 1982 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Almond is one of 20 men’s basketball players to play professionally since 1992. • Team captain Larry Izzo has won three Super Bowl rings as a member of the New England Patriots. More than 50 Owls have played in the NFL. • Rice’s women’s basketball team has been to the “Big Dance” twice after winning the 2000 and 2005 WAC Championship to earn the league’s NCAA automatic bid.
• The Owls have won a total of 75 conference titles. • 495 Owls have earned All-America honors. • Rice has been represented at 11 Olympics by 20 different athletes, dating back to the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.
• Marla Brumfield was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in 2000 and spent three years in the WNBA.
In 1995, Sammy Waldron became Rice’s first volleyball All-America selection.
The 2003 baseball team won the NCAA championship to capture Rice’s first team title in any sport.
• Rice has won individual national titles in men’s tennis (two singles and two doubles), women’s tennis (doubles), men’s track and field and women’s track and field.
Fred Hansen won the gold medal in the pole vault at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Morris Almond was a first round draft pick of the NBA’s Utah Jazz.
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Athletic Heritage Regina Cavanaugh was a six-time NCAA champion and eighttime All-America in the shot put.
Larry Izzo has won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.
Rice’s Funmi Jimoh made the U.S. Olympic team in long jump for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She also became the ninth Rice women’s track and field athlete to represent her country in Olympic competition and the 2008 Olympics will be the sixth consecutive Olympiad to have at least one Rice women’s track and field athlete in the field.
Rice’s Mike Wilks won an NBA title with the 2005 San Antonio Spurs.
Rice Owl Norm Charlton won the World Series with the Cincinnati Reds in 1990.
2008 All-Star Lance Berkman hit 41 home runs in his junior season at Rice and is considered one of Major League Baseball’s best hitters.
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R It was another banner year for Rice athletics during the 2007-08 season. For starters, Wayne Graham’s baseball Owls won another league championship by capturing the Conference USA regular season title. Rice again swept through the NCAA Regional and Super Regional to earn its third-consecutive trip to the College World Series and seventh overall. The Owls have now played in the NCAA baseball tournament 14-straight years. Graham also was named C-USA Coach of the Year for the third-straight time. The Owls’ women’s track and field teams won the triple crown in capturing Conference USA championships in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field.
2007-08 Year In Review Jim Bevan. “To win all three, you have to have a balance team, stay healthy, and then compete at a high level three different times. It’s difficult to achieve excellence three times a year, but it says a lot about our training system, our coaching staff, and our support staff, especially the athletic trainers and team doctors.” This is the second time that Rice has completed the trifecta in school history. The first instance occurred in 1999-2000, under the direction of Victor Lopez, when the Owls competed in the Western Athletic Conference. It is also the first time in C-USA since Marquette won all three titles in 1995-96.
Only one other school in America out of 32 conferences accomplished what the Owls did and that was Western Kentucky in the Sun Belt Conference.
Bevan, last year, was named Conference USA Coach of the Year for cross country, indoor track and field, and for outdoor track and field. He was also named NCAA South Central Regional Coach of the Year for cross country.
“Every year you have three opportunities to win a championship,” says head coach
Rice men’s tennis program under head coach Ron Smarr earned its sixth straight
NCAA tournament and advanced to the second round. Sophomore number one singles player Bruno Rosa achieved All-America status and played in the NCAA singles tournament advancing to the second round. Rice’s doubles team of Christoph Müller and Ralph Knupfer played in the NCAA doubles tournament and earned C-USA’s Most Outstanding Doubles Team. The Rice women’s tennis squad won a school-record 17 matches . For the second-straight season, Seth
Huston’s swimming team placed second in C-USA. Senior swimmer Brittany Massengale became the Owls first swimming All-America since 2003, after qualifying ninth in the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship.
We Are The Champions. Rice won the triple crown in winning Conference USA team titles in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field (above) in 2007-08.
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Individually, several Owls earned athletic accolades last year. Senior wide receiver Jarett Dillard again earned first team All-CUSA honors, while tight end James
2007-08 Year In Review He was also the 13th right-handed pitcher taken overall. Valeriya Berezhynska was chosen by the Detroit Shock with the 42nd pick during the third round of the WNBA Draft. Berezhynska became only the third Owl all-time to be selected in the WNBA Draft. Marla Brumfield and Kirra Jordan were previous Owls drafted in 2000, by the Minnesota Lynx and Seattle Storm, respectively.
Casey was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman AllAmerican Football Team and to The Sporting News Freshman All-America second-team. Also earning freshman All-America honors was shortstop Rick Hague by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Junior right-handed pitcher Bryan Price was the 45th player selected overall on the opening day of the 2008 Major League Baseball amateur draft. Price was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the supplemental round, the so called “sandwich” round between the draft’s official first and second round. He was the first pitcher taken by the Red Sox, the defending World Series champions.
Daniels was named Academic AllAmerica first team and distance runner Brett Olson was selected to the Academic All-America second team.
In track and field, senior Rachel Greff placed fifth in the pole vault at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship to earn AllAmerica status. Sophomore pole vaulter Jason Colwick sported the nation’s number-one mark last season at 18’ 2.5.” Freshman Becky Wade won the 3000m steeplechase at the U.S. Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The victory earned her a spot on the U.S. Junior National Team that competed in Poland at the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships. Rice cross country athletes Marissa Daniels a n d Brad Morris along with m e n ’s basketball player Paulius Packevicius were named recipients of the 2007-08 C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards for their respective sports. Furthermore,
Rice baseball, in 2008, won the Conference USA regular season championship and swept through the NCAA Regional and NCAA Super Regional to advance to its third-straight College World Series.
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R The Institute
Until 1960, Rice University was known as Rice Institute, or more formally, as the William Marsh Rice Institute of Literature, Science and Art. William Marsh Rice, a Massachusetts-born merchant, cotton trader and businessman who made the bulk of his fortune in Houston following the Civil War, had willed the original endowment for the institute in 1891. Following his mysterious death in 1900 at age 83, that will was contested. A long legal battle over the endowment ensued. Rice’s valet and an attorney were later charged with Rice’s death, and a sensational murder trial followed. It was not until 1912 that his dream of creating Houston’s first university could be realized.
Traditions The Owls
Although each college has its own unique traditions, Rice has several traditions that apply to students across the board. Among them is the university mascot, the owl, which is derived from the university’s heraldic shield. The designer of the crest noted that the arms of several families named Houston and Rice both had chevrons of the avian charges, and he adapted those for the institute. In the official shield, a double chevron divides the field, and the charges are the Owls of Athena as they appear on a small ancient Greek coin.
Sammy the Owl
When athletic activities began at the institute in 1912, the teams were named for
Edgar Odell Lovett, a professor of astronomy at Princeton University, was named the institute’s first president in 1908. Over the next four years, he supervised both the construction of the initial buildings on the barren campus at the end of Main Street and the appointment of the first faculty.
It was a tempting target to the institute’s rivals, and students from Texas A&M kidnapped the owl in 1917. Rice students sent a private detective to College Station to recover their mascot. When the detective sent a cryptic telegram with the message, “Sammy is fairly well and would like to see his parents at eleven o’clock,” the Rice owl had a name. That original mascot was safely returned to campus.
Blue and Gray
Rice’s first president, Edgar Odell Lovett, chose the university’s official colors in 1912. It was a more difficult task than the design of the seal itself, since it would not be proper to duplicate the colors of another university. At the same time, Lovett wanted to harmonize the appearance of the new shield with state and national colors. The final choices were a Confederate gray enlivened by a tinge of lavender and a blue deeper than Oxford blue.
The Coaches Table
One of the newest traditions at Rice is the Coaches’ Table. Rice head coaches, AllAmerican Owls and opposing coaches are invited to engrave their names on the table. The original tradition of the Coaches’ Table began around 70 years ago. Rice coaches would take their daily coffee breaks at Ye Olde College Inn, a famous Houston restaurant located across Main Street from the old Rice Field House, at a table in the restaurant’s loft area.
Lovett served as Rice’s president until 1947, when William V. Houston succeeded him. The institute’s original Administration Building was renamed Lovett Hall in his honor later that year. Houston served as president until 1961, when Kenneth S. Pitzer succeeded him. Norman Hackerman became Rice’s fourth president in 1970. George E. Rupp was inaugurated in 1985. Malcolm Gillis took office in 1993, and David W. Leebron became Rice’s seventh president on July 1, 2004.
the bird on the institute’s seal. As a result, Rice’s early students used a large canvas owl as a mascot.
The tradition continued until Ye Olde College Inn closed in the early 1960s. The table itself was lost for many years until it was rediscovered in 1990. The original table and a new duplicate, used for current signatures, are both on display in the Owl Club.
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Traditions Among those who signed the original table were College Football Hall of Famer Jess Neely; 10-time Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year Bear Bryant; Darrell Royal, who lead the University of Texas Longhorns to more wins than any other coach to date; Michigan Sports Hall of Famer Duffy Daugherty; and John Heisman, for whom the Heisman Trophy was named. Signers of the new table include such luminaries as 1991 Doak Walker Award– winner Trevor Cobb, former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson, former Houston Oilers coach Jack Pardee and the coaches of Rice’s home football foes during the past 16 seasons.
change, or anything — and we do mean anything — in between, each show aims to provoke thought, stimulate conversation and, above all, entertain. Membership in the MOB is open to all students, whether or not they are musically gifted. Those who do not play an instrument help in the production of halftime shows as MOB show assistants. Benefits of being in the MOB include tickets to road games, attendance scholarships, travel opportunities — and a certain undying infamy.
The student-administered Honor Code is one of the most distinct aspects of the academic experience at Rice. It was established in 1916 and is one of the few remaining honor systems in American education. Everyone who enrolls at Rice agrees to abide by the code, which covers such matters as plagiarism and giving or receiving aid on exams.
Rice’s Honor (Alma Mater) All for Rice’s Honor, we will fight on. We will be fighting, when this day is done; And when the dawn comes breaking We’ll be fighting on, Rice, For the Gray and Blue. We will be loyal To Rice be true.
The Honor Code fosters a spirit of freedom, independence, honesty and mutual trust that exemplifies the academic enterprise at its best. In most classes, students are able to schedule final exams when they want them, and exams may often be taken in the library or in the students’ rooms.
Fight For Rice Fight for Rice; Rice, fight on; Loyal sons, arise! The Blue and Gray of Rice today Comes breaking through the skies. Stand and cheer! Victory’s near! Sammy leads the way. Onward go, to crush the foe. We’ll fight for the Blue and Gray.
The student-elected and student-run Honor Council considers reported violations and has the power to recommend punishment.
The Rice Marching Owl Band (MOB) combines special musical arrangements with unusual concepts in performance to produce unique halftime entertainment. Whether it’s a human “cockroach” desecrating a rival’s field, a humorous commentary on current events or social
The Old Gray Bonnet Put on your old gray bonnet, with the blue ribbon on it, And we’ll take old Sammy to the fray; And we’ll rock, rock, rock’em, And we’ll sock, sock, sock’em To the end of Judgment Day.
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R Vision for the Second Century
In order to continue to achieve educational excellence in Rice’s second century, the university established the Vision for the Second Century (V2C) in 2005. This 10-point strategic treatise sets forth goals that aim to renew the university’s focus on research, provide an excellent undergraduate education and foster collaborative relationships with other institutions and the city of Houston, among other objectives. For a comprehensive explanation of the V2C, visit www.rice.edu/vision.
From its inception, Rice University has been dedicated to creating unconventional wisdom: preparing outstanding students for diverse careers and lives, contributing to the advancement of learning across a wide range of research and scholarship, and sharing that knowledge and discovery with the world. Rice’s advantages are its relatively small size, urban location, diversity and environment of interdisciplinary and interinstitutional collaboration. The second-smallest member of the Association of American Universities, Rice is home to a carefully selected body of students, staff and faculty*: • 3,001 undergraduates • 2,144 graduate students • 1,964 staff • 611 full-time faculty • 5:1 student-to-faculty ratio
Rice University With its dual commitment to excellent teaching and research innovation, Rice attracts extraordinary professors dedicated both to working with undergraduates in the classroom and to advancing knowledge and understanding. This ensures that each Rice student has direct contact with professors who, through their writing and research, have gained acclaim as some of the most scholarly minds in their fields. William Marsh Rice’s founding vision of superior education for the brightest students, regardless of their ability to pay for that privilege, continues today. A generous endowment of approximately $4.7 billion, one of the largest in the country, allows Rice to keep costs affordable. Those same financial assets are used to maintain the high-quality facilities and award-winning laboratories necessary for a world-class education, without passing the burden of that cost on to students.
Want to know why Rice University is considered one of the premier institutions of higher education in the nation? Here are just a few of the reasons: • No. 1 best value among private colleges, The Princeton Review (2008) • Among the top 20 national universities, U.S. News & World Report (2007, 2008)
* Numbers are accurate as of June 1, 2008.
The university’s more than 47,000 living alumni offer loyal and energetic support that enriches the school in many ways, and the 25 trustees on its board bring an exceptional breadth of experience and perspective to their responsibilities.
• One of “America’s 25 New Elite Ivies,” Kaplan/ Newsweek College Guide (2007) • The most productive research university in Texas, Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (2007)
The Student Experience
Rice undergraduates rank among the finest in the country. Each year, more than 700 new students are selected from an applicant pool of approximately 9,000. Sixty-eight percent of the freshmen in 2007 ranked in the top 5 percent of their high school classes, 75 percent had SAT I scores of 1330 or better and 25 percent were National Merit Scholars. Our undergraduates reflect the diversity from which the university draws its strength. Current enrollment includes students from all 50 states and 46 countries around the world, and more than one-third of our students are members of ethnic minority groups. The result is an academic environment animated by diversity. The common thread that unites such diversity is the collective pursuit of excellence in the classroom. Graduate students teach only about 6 percent of our classes, and our student-to-faculty ratio is 5:1. Rice students enjoy opportunities to conduct undergraduate research, and 94 percent of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. This small size allows for plenty of discussion and personal attention. Rice professors are likely to know a student’s name and remember the last paper he or she wrote — and when the time comes, they are able to write letters of recommendation based on something more than grade sheet scores. Although our students’ academic abilities are exceptional, they do more than attend classes and study. Rice has more than 200 student organizations devoted to academic and preprofessional activities, cultural and social awareness, political issues, religious interests and community service projects.
• Undergraduate enrollment: 3,001 • Graduate enrollment: 2,144 • Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1 • Median undergraduate class size: 12 • Approximate annual cost (tuition, fees, and room and board): $41,229 • Middle 50 percent range of SAT I scores of students accepted in 2007: 1330–1510 • Total endowment: Approximately $4.7 billion • Percentage of students from Texas: 50 percent • Percentage of students from out of state: 48 percent (2 percent didn’t designate) • Percentage of undergraduate students from ethnic minority groups: 41 percent • Areas of study: 55 • Percentage of women: 43 percent • Percentage of men: 57 percent 16
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Rice University After Graduation
Rice University is an ideal place for talented students to maximize their potential, as seen by their success after graduation. More than 60 percent of Rice students who apply to graduate or professional school are admitted to their first choice institution, and the university is proud to count Rhodes and Marshall Scholars among many of its graduating classes. For students who choose to go directly into the workforce after graduation, the Career Services Center hosts more than 100 employers conducting more than 1,200 on-campus interviews during the academic year. The Career Services staff also offers assistance with resume writing, interviewing and networking, and specialized advisors help prepare students for graduate study and for admission into medical, law and business schools.
Rice Areas of Study School of Humanities
Art History, Classical Studies, English, French Studies, German and Slavic Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, Kinesiology, Linguistics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Visual and Dramatic Arts
School of Social Sciences
Notable Rice Alumni William Archer (1949)
U.S. House of Representatives
Beloved, and Philadelphia
George R. Brown (1920)
Co-founder of Brown and Root; founder of Texas
Eastern Corp.; philanthropist and engineer
William Broyles Jr. (1966) Founding editor, Texas Monthly; former editor-in-chief,
Newsweek; screenwriter (Apollo 13 and Castaway)
Robert Curl (1954)
Nobel Laureate (1996)
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Peggy Whitson (1986)
Fund (health and policy issues)
president of the Coca-Cola Company
Carol Flake (1969)
Founding editor of reborn Vanity Fair
N. Wayne Hale Jr. (1976)
Director, Space Shuttle Program, NASA
Fred Hansen (1963)
Gold medalist in pole vault at 1964 Olympics
Henry Hernandez Jr. (1978) Managing director of Soza International
(consulting/corporate finance for Hispanic firms)
circus owner, radio tycoon
Mary E. Johnston (1941)
Performance, Composition, Music History, Music Theory
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Larry McMurtry (1960) Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner;
Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Statistics
(now Radio Shack)
Vivan Vahlberg (1970) First woman president of the National Press Club Wylie Vale Jr. (1963) Professor, chairman, trustee, senior investigator at the
Charles Duncan Jr. (1947) Former U.S. Secretary of Energy, former
School of Architecture
George R. Brown School of Engineering
of a major daily (New York Times)
Charles Tandy (1939) Founder, chairman, president of Tandy Corp.
Karen Davis (1965) Economist, president of The Commonwealth
Roy Hofheinz (1932) State legislator, judge, sports magnate,
Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy
LeAnne Schreiber (1967) ESPN Ombudsman and first woman sports editor
Shepherd School of Music
Garrett Boone (1966) Co-founder of The Container Store Ron Bozman (1969) Executive producer of Silence of the Lambs,
Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
Architecture, Architectural Studies
Jim Newman (1982)
Chief of Reports, Fortune; responsible for the origination of the Fortune 500
author of Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment, and The Last Picture Show
S.I. Morris (1935) Architect (Astrodome, Houston Public Library,
One Houston Center, and WorthamTheater)
Astronaut Peggy Whitson’s first space mission was in 2002, with an extended stay aboard the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 5. Her second mission launched October 10, 2007, as the first female commander of the ISS with Expedition 16. With her two longduration stays abroad the ISS, Whitson is NASA’s most experienced astronaut, with just over 376 days in space. This also places her twentieth among all space flyers.
Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, Asian Studies, Cognitive Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Managerial Studies, Medieval Studies, Policy Studies, Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management Business Administration
In addition to its prestigious degree programs, the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice offers the largest selection of noncredit arts and sciences courses in Texas. It is also well known for its professional development courses and customized courses for businesses. The school has nearly 10,000 enrollments a year, offering 250 courses in arts, humanities, sciences, foreign languages and communications skills, and students from 41 countries have completed the English as a Second Language Program.
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R International Reach
The university has national and international reach and seeks to attract the most talented people by promoting, celebrating and reaping the benefits of diversity. Recognizing that a global perspective is increasingly important, Rice encourages students to enrich their academic experiences with a variety of study abroad programs. Rice and Rice-affiliated programs send students to study in such places as Australia, Chile, England, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, Russia and Spain, and Rice has developed significant partnerships with major universities and organizations in Europe, East Asia, and Latin and South America.
Rice University Schools and Institutes
Students are selected on a “needblind” basis and enroll in the schools of architecture, engineering, humanities, management, natural sciences, music and social sciences, which rank among the highest in their disciplines. Additionally, undergraduate and graduate students benefit from a variety of institutes and centers, including the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, a nonpartisan institute that has brought a distinctive voice to national policy dialogue. Speakers at the institute have included Nelson Mandela, Colin Powell, Vladimir Putin, Madeleine Albright and Bill Clinton. Indeed, national and world leaders have been coming to Rice for much of the 20th century, beginning with Gen. John Pershing’s visit in 1920. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy stood in Rice Stadium to announce plans for the U.S.-manned missions to the moon before the end of the 1960s. Other prominent leaders to grace the campus include U.S. presidents Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton as well as Phillip, Prince of Wales and the Dalai Lama.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, with Rice University President David W. Leebron.
Writer Kurt Vonnegut.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
Arab Republic of Egypt President Hosni Mubarak.
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Artist Andy Warhol.
Where the World Comes Together Distinguished Visitors to Rice
Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, former U.S. Secretary of State Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. General (retired) Daniel Goldin, NASA Administrator Andre Watts, pianist Yo-Yo Ma, cellist Cecilia Bartoli, opera singer Maurice Ravel, composer Isaac Stern, violinist Midori, violinist Beverly Sills, opera singer Max Ernst, artist Rene Magritte, artist Andy Warhol, artist Kurt Vonnegut, writer Carlos Fuentes, writer Norman Mailer, writer Saul Bellow, writer Joyce Carol Oates, writer Margaret Mead, anthropologist Richard Leakey, paleontologist Jane Goodall, primatologist Arnold Toynbee, historian Lionel Trilling, literary critic Roy Wilkins, civil rights leader
United States Presidents Who Have Visited Rice William Howard Taft Herbert Hoover Franklin D. Roosevelt Dwight D. Eisenhower John F. Kennedy Lyndon B. Johnson Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan George H.W. Bush Bill Clinton
Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
International Dignitaries Who Have Visited Rice Brian Mulroney
Former Canadian Prime Minister
Former French President
Former German Chancellor
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.
Helmut Kohl Mary McAleese
Former Italian Prime Minister
Former U.S. President Gerald Ford.
Former Japanese Prime Minister
Former Soviet Union President
Mikhail Gorbachev Eduard Shevardnadze
Former Georgian President
Former German Chancellor
Helmut Schmidt Andres Pastrana Arango
Former Colombian President
Former Prime Minister of South Africa
Nelson Mandela Former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
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R Residential Colleges
The student culture at Rice is thick with tradition, largely due to its unique residential college system, often cited as one of the most rewarding aspects of the university. Every student lives in or is associated with one of nine colleges, which offers a rich, secure environment where he or she develops as an individual and forges friendships that last a lifetime. Each college has developed its own traditions, cultural activities, friendly rivalries and character over the last 50 years. Baker College, named after Capt. James Addison Baker, was founded in 1957 and has the distinction of being the oldest college on the Rice campus. Baker was William Marsh Rice’s attorney and investigated his death, uncovering a murder plot. Without him, the endowment for the Rice Institute would have been lost. Baker Shake, the annual Shakespearean play produced by the college, began 32 years ago. Baker Feast is another Elizabethan-themed event and is a highly secretive celebration co-hosted by Baker and Jones Colleges. Will Rice College is traditionally considered the second residential college, although a student recently discovered that the Old Dorm section of Will Rice is actually the oldest building on campus (built in 1912). The college is named for William Marsh Rice Jr., the nephew of the founder of the Rice Institute. Will Rice considers itself the “college of individuals,” in that its identity is formed more by the individuals of the college than by tradition. The essence of the college is summed up by the saying, “Myth. Power. Value.” Hanszen College became one of the five original residential colleges in 1957. The college is named after a Texas oilman who served as chairman of the Rice Board of Governors from 1946–50, Harry Clay Hanszen. In the early years, it had a reputation as a “gentleman’s college,” and dinner was a formal affair every evening. Speakers such as Ronald Reagan and John Glenn were invited to speak at the college, a tradition that has continued to this day. Hanszen College’s contributions to campus life include the beginnings of what have become The Coffeehouse and KTRU radio station. Hanszen was first to go coed in 1973.
College Life Wiess College, named in memory of the oil tycoon Harry Carothers Wiess, was constructed during the 1949–50 school year. The college converted to a coed dorm in 1983. It was a group of Wiessmen who performed one of the most famous Rice “jacks” when they turned the academic quad’s statue of William Marsh Rice around to face Fondren Library. In 2002, a new Wiess complex opened — a dramatic departure from the “humble motel” original, which was demolished and the land around it restored to campus green space. Opened in 1957, Mary Gibbs Jones College was named after the wife of Jesse H. Jones, the founder of Houston Endowment. Jones was the first women’s college on campus, but it became coed in 1980 when Lovett sent a group of men over in exchange for women. College life includes traditions such as throwing members into the Fairy Fountain on their birthdays and conducting a Turkey Drive to raise money for a local food bank each fall. Brown College was founded in 1963 to address the problem of limited housing for women on campus. The dorm was built with money donated by Alice Pratt and George R. Brown in memory of their sister-in-law, Margarett Root Brown. It was the second all-women’s dorm on campus and the last to become coed. Brown finally accepted men as transfers from other colleges in 1987. Brown has a close-knit atmosphere and a strong sense of tradition, and it sponsors numerous community and social events throughout the year. The college had been the smallest on campus since its founding, but the addition of a new wing in 2002 made Brown the largest college. Lovett College was commissioned by George R. Brown in 1967 and named after the university’s first president, Edgar Odell Lovett. The riot-proof cement grating that encloses the 1960s building resulted in the nickname “The Toaster.” Lovett was founded as an all-male college, and turned coed in 1980. The basement was once the only pub on campus — now it is used to host an open microphone forum called The Undergrounds every Friday night.
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The 14-story Sid Richardson College is the tallest building on campus. It was founded in 1971 and named after a Texas philanthropist. Many of Sid Rich’s traditions stem from the building’s height and its multiple balconies. Since Balcony Ball, a game in which a ball was thrown between balconies, is not allowed anymore, residents have resorted to pouring water from their balconies instead. As a result, Sid Rich’s reputation for dousing people who are coming up the stairs has persisted through the years. The ninth college on the Rice campus is Martel College, which is named after Houston businessman Speros Martel. The building opened for residency in spring 2002. Despite many setbacks during its building process, including Tropical Storm Allison (which hit in the middle of construction), residents easily assimilated and created college traditions such as Oktoberfest and an annual birthday bash held on Jan. 25 to celebrate the day the first residents moved in. In addition, two new colleges are currently under construction: McMurtry College, announced in 2006 and named after former Rice Board of Trustees member Burton McMurtry ’56 and his wife, Deedee ’56; and Duncan College, announced in 2007 and named after former chairman of the Rice Board of Trustees Charles Duncan and his wife, Anne. Duncan College boasts the distinction of being the first building at Rice — and among the first in Houston — to be built to the gold level of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. Both McMurtry and Duncan colleges are scheduled to open for student use in time for the fall of 2009.
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Academic Excellence and Athletics
Student-athletes at Rice are committed to excellence both on the playing field and in the classroom. In return, the university strives to do all it can to make sure each athlete makes steady progress toward earning a degree. Julie Griswold, the associate director of academic advising for athletics, and her staff work individually with each student-athlete to construct and monitor the student’s academic path. From freshman orientation to selecting a major to guiding class schedules to weekly appointments designed to monitor academic progress, the academic staff works toward ensuring that each student receives the help he or she needs to be successful in Rice’s challenging environment. Among the many resources Rice offers its athletes are unlimited individual tutoring sessions, supervised study halls, assistance in selecting majors and courses, and study skills seminars. The academic staff also helps determine the availability of courses to avoid conflict with practices and competition schedules, and it assists in helping studentathletes in their career paths. Evidence of Success According to figures compiled by the NCAA, the Owls ranked among the top 10 in the nation in total graduation rates for athletes last year among the 117 universities playing Division 1-A football. What’s more, the four-year class average beginning with the entering class of 1997-98 posted a football graduation rate of 85 percent, ranking 11th nationally, and a graduation
success rate (which factors in transfers to and from Rice) of 91 percent, ranking eighth. Both numbers measure graduation within six years of enrollment. Even more telling, 98 percent of all scholarship athletes who complete their eligibility at Rice receive their degrees, a number that ranks fifth among NCAA Division 1-A institutions. (Numbers based on incoming classes of freshmen from 1991-92 through 2000-01 classes). In April 2008, 8 of Rice’s 16 teams received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for having an Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top 10 percent for their sport. This is the second highest percentage for any school in Division 1-A and 14th highest in all of Division 1. (The APR is a term-by-term measure of eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes). In their third year in Conference USA (2007-08), 192 Owls were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, representing more than half of Rice’s total number of student-athletes. Twenty-four Owls were honored with the C-USA Academic Medal for carrying a 3.75 or better GPA, while three Owls were named the C-USA Scolar-Athletes of the Year for their specific sports. Additionally, during the 2007-08 academic year, 13 out of 16 Rice teams had a better than 3.0 GPA. Finally, since 1952, Rice student-athletes have received 76 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards, with 29 being received since 2001.
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CoSIDA Academic All-America Player of the Year 2004 Adam Davis
CoSIDA Academic All-America 1991
Jay Thompson (third team)
Adam Davis (second team)
2003 Adam Davis (first team) 2004 Adam Davis (first team) 2004 Ben Wiggins (third team) 2005 Adam Davis (first team)
U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All Academic Team Award 2003
Academic Excellence and Athletics NCAA Public Recognition Awards C-USA recipients School (Recognized/Total Teams) Pct. Rice (8/16) .500 Tulane (1/8) .125 UTEP (1/15) .067 SMU (1/17) .059 ECU (1/19) .053
All other C-USA schools have zero teams in APR top 10 percent.
Other Texas D1 Schools Stephen F. Austin State Texas A&M Texas
(1/15) (1/19) (1/20)
.067 .053 .050
Bowl Subdivision (38% or better) Navy (12/23) Rice (8/16) Duke (12/26) Notre Dame (11/26) Northwestern (8/19)
.522 .500 .462 .423 .421
Graduation Rates By Sport The Federal Graduation Rate (Fed Rate) only includes freshmen entering in the fall semester and receiving athletically-related aid. The Fed Rate also does not include transfers in, and students who transfer out count as nongraduates. The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) was first published in 2005-06 and is based on the Fed Rate. The GSR, though, accounts for student-athletes who enroll at mid-year and who transfer into the institution while
discounting those who leave in good standing. (Numbers below are the four-year rates of entering classes from 1997-98 to 2000-01). * The Rice soccer program began in 2001 and data is not yet available.
Men’s Sports Baseball Basketball CC/Track Football Golf Tennis
GSR Fed Rate 93 47 85 62 88 75 85 78 100 63 100 91
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Women’s Sports Basketball CC/Track Soccer Swimming Tennis Volleyball
GSR Fed Rate 100 100 100 92 100 – 100 90 100 88 90 90
Rice University and the City of Houston
Rice students benefit from the best of both worlds—a traditional college campus and a diverse, dynamic metropolis. Experiencing Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city, enriches their time at Rice beyond your expectations. With its lively professional, cultural and recreational scenes, Houston offers students a wealth of resources and opportunities to enjoy academic, career-related and extracurricular activities outside the campus.
Just across Main Street from the Rice campus is the Texas Medical Center, the nation’s largest medical center, world renowned for excellent care and research. Proximity to NASA’s Johnson Space Center gives Rice scientists and students immediate access to Hubble Space Telescope images and the resources of space exploration. The city and the region are also home to many science and technology companies that interact with Rice researchers on a multitude of important projects. And, lest you think there is only room in Houston for the technically minded, the city also is home to outstanding ballet, symphony, grand opera and theater companies. Houston’s Museum District boasts 200–plus museums and art galleries, and most are within an easy walk of the Rice campus. Not only is the city of Houston a great college sports town, with three NCAA Division I
Kiplinger’s 2008 Best Cities to Live, Work, and Play 1. Houston, Texas 2. Raleigh, North Carolina 3. Omaha, Nebraska 4. Boise, Idaho 5. Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Texas Medical Center
Miracles happen daily at the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest healthcare complex that sits opposite Rice University along Main Street. The 42+ non-profit institutions include M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital.
universities, but it is also home to five major league sport franchises. Houston’s first major professional crown came in 1994, when the Houston Rockets won the NBA world championship. The team repeated in 1995. The Houston Astros won National League Central Division titles in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001, hosted the 2004 MLB All-Star game and won the 2005 National League pennant to earn their first World Series appearance. The Houston Comets claimed the first four WNBA championships in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Houston’s Major League Soccer team, the Dynamo, have won the MLS Cup in 2006 and 2007. In October 1999, Houston was awarded the NFL’s 32nd franchise, and the Houston Texans began play in fall 2002 in Reliant Stadium, which is adjacent to the Astrodome. The stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 and will host the 2011 NCAA Final Four.
Texas Medical Center (TMC) with 46 member institutions is the largest medical complex in the world. The complex includes 13 renowned hospitals and two specialty institutions, two medical schools, four nursing schools and schools of dentistry, public health, pharmacy and virtually all health-related careers.
Rice is in a perfect location, near the heart of Houston. Our self-contained campus, with more than 4,000 trees shading 285 acres, is one of the most beautiful spots in the city. Rice’s Mediterranean themed architecture reflects both the university’s cohesive sense of community and the city’s rich ethnic and cultural diversity.
The Museum District
With the arrival of the Houston METRORail in 2004, access from the Rice campus to downtown, the Museum District or Reliant Park, home of the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, is easy and convenient.
Immediately northeast of the Rice campus is Houston’s Museum District, the fourth-largest museum district in the country, comprised of 15 museums. Museums of note include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Contemporary Arts Museum; the Children’s Museum; the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences; the Jung Center; the Holocaust Museum Houston; Lawndale Art Center; the Byzantine Fresco Chapel; the Museum of Health & Medical Science; the Menil Collection; and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
Houston is home to NASA and the Johnson Space Center. JSC is the training facility for all of America’s astronauts and the control point for U.S. human space flight activities, with primary responsibilities in research, design, development, testing and operations of the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs. Space Center Houston is the designated visitor center for JSC and features interactive exhibits to educate and entertain visitors. This theme park for space fans features actual spacecraft, flight simulators, and a guided tram tour of NASA, Mission Control, and Rocket Park, home of the Saturn V rocket (above). 24
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Rice University and the City of Houston Hermann Park
Hermann Park, presented to the City of Houston by George Hermann in 1914, is Houston’s most historically significant public green space and is on the eastern edge of the Rice campus. The park rests on 401 acres in the heart of the Museum District. Things to see within the park include the Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theater, Houston Garden Center, Japanese Garden, a public golf course, the equestrian statue of General Sam Houston and the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors’ Plaza.
the Aeros of the International Hockey League. It also plays hosts to the best entertainment acts in the industry. From Beyonce to Bruce Springsteen to Dane Cook, to Van Halen all of the major entertainers make Houston a regular tour stop. The 750,000-square-foot arena offers 18,300 seats for basketball, 17,800 for hockey and up to 19,000 for concerts.
Neighborhoods and Rice Village
Rice University lies in the center of University Place, a collection of established civic clubs that form one large neighborhood. Rice and University Place are flanked by the city of West University Place, which is an independent jurisdiction surrounded by the city of Houston and Rice Village. The Rice Village, a 16-block area two blocks west of campus, is an eclectic mix of more than 450 stores and restaurants.
Reliant Stadium, the world’s first retractableroofed NFL stadium, has 71,500 seats and is home to the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™.
Fast Facts on Houston
• Houston is the fourth-largest city in the U.S. • There are 2.2 million city residents and 5.5 million in the greater metropolitan region. • Houston is home to more than 5,000 restaurants, ranging from award-winning, upscale eateries to memorable deli shops. • Houston has a theater district second only to New York City, with its concentration of 14,000 seats in one geographic area. • Houston has a unique Museum District offering a range of museums, galleries, art and cultural institutions. • More than 90 languages are spoken in Houston. • Houston has a young population: 30 percent of Houstonians are 24 years old or younger, and 34 percent are aged 25-44. The median age is 30.9.
The Kemah Boardwalk, on Galveston Bay, is a spectacular waterfront destination with themed restaurants, the Boardwalk Inn hotel, amusement rides, dancing fountains, mid-way games and retail shops.
The Toyota Center in downtown Houston is just a few minutes from the Rice campus and is home to the NBA’s Houston Rockets and
Houston’s Average Temperatures Month • Hi/Lo (˚F) January • 62/42 February • 65/45 March • 72/52 April • 79/60 May • 84/66 June • 89/72 July • 92/74 August • 92/74 September • 88/71 October • 81/61 November • 72/52 December • 64/45
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RON SMARR HEAD COACH w 12TH YEAR AT RICE APPALACHIAN STATE, 1965 CAREER RECORD: 807-304 RECORD AT RICE: 193-105 Wherever Ron Smarr goes, success follows to the tune of 807career victories, which ranks him fourth among active Division I-A men’s coaches. In 38 years as a head coach, Smarr has posted 35 winning seasons at four different institutions. The North Carolina native has racked up an impressive 807-304 (.728) overall record and enters his 12th season at Rice bringing the program back to national prominence with six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 run in 2004. That season, the Owls parlayed a successful fall season and blasted out of the chutes winning its first 17 matches and rocketed up to No. 5 in the ITA rankings. His squad won the program’s first conference title since 1972 before knocking off South Alabama and LSU to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time. Richard and William Barker completed a perfect regular season and racked up All-America honors for the second-straight season in addition to repeating as the ITA’s Doubles Team of the Year. Robert Searle joined William and garnered bids for the NCAA Singles Tournament. Searle upset the tournament’s top seed in the first round. Smarr saw a trio of his pupils receive bids to the NCAA championships in 2003 with William Barker becoming the first Owl to earn All-America honors in both singles and doubles for a single year. The Barkers advanced to the NCAA Semifinals while Searle joining his teammates at the NCAA Championships. Smarr also guided the Barker brothers to Rice’s first national men’s indoor doubles championship in Fall 2002. Last season, the Owls posted a 17-9 mark and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Smarr’s team also made its third-straight C-USA Championship finals appearance and finished the season ranked 22nd in the ITA rankings. The Owls also scored four victories over Top-25 teams: road wins over No. 20 North Carolina State and No. 10 North Carolina and home wins over No. 24 Miami and No. 21 Texas A&M. Bruno Rosa was named first-team all-America, C-USA Newcomer of the Year and earned all-conference first team honors along with Christoph Müller, who earned the distinction for the second-straight year. Müller and doubles teammate Ralph Knupfer also earned allconference honors and were named Outstanding Doubles Team of the C-USA Championship. Smarr guided Ben Harknett, Knupfer and Müller, a trio of AllConference USA First Team performers, to another second-place C-USA finish. Harknett also advanced to the NCAA Singles Championship in 2007. 26
Smarr’s 2006 squad enjoyed great success, posting upsets against TCU and Texas. The victory against the No. 3 Longhorns was just the third for the Owls in the series since 1980. In that match Smarr saw one of his star pupils earn his 100th career singles win as Searle rallied past seventh-ranked Travis Helgeson in the match clincher. The Owls also made their fourth-consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament, advancing to the Round of 32. Additionally, Searle added to his Rice record as he earned a fourth-straight bid to the NCAA singles championship. Searle also teamed with Tony Haerle as the Owls had a doubles tandem at NCAA’s for the fifth year in a row. Smarr made an immediate impact on the program upon his arrival at Rice, guiding the Owls to a 16-9 record in 1998 and the WAC
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RICE OWLS consolaton title before the 1999 team capped the decade in-style with a 17-9 mark. Shane Stone and Efe Ustundag advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals and finished the season with a Top 20 ranking. Before Rice, Smarr was at Colorado from 1988-1997 where he guided the Buffaloes to the program’s first Big Eight crown in 1993. He received Region V Coach of the Year honors in both 1993 and 1996. Smarr began his coaching career at Wingate Junior College in his home state of North Carolina. He won back-to-back national championships in 1970 and 1971 en route to an averaging of 25 wins per season. In October 1998, Smarr was inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame. Smarr first Division I stop was at South Carolina, where he posted a 319-86 mark and recorded 13 straight winning seasons. In his last nine years with the Gamecocks, Smarr’s teams notched eight Top 25 finishes. A two-time graduate of Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., Smarr received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1965 and 1967. As a player, he captained the Mountaineers’ team to the Top Four nationally, playing number one singles and doubles. He also lettered in basketball and wrestling during his college career and was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame for his athletic achievements in 1997. Ron and his wife, Becky, have three children (Taylor, Tressa and Jordan) and eight grandchildren (Taylor, Elizabeth, John, Maggie, Tate, Hanna, Annaliese and Boone).
Smarr Year-by-Year School Rice* Rice* Rice* Rice* Rice** Rice* Rice Rice* Rice Rice* Rice Colorado* Colorado* Colorado* Colorado Colorado** Colorado* Colorado* Colorado Colorado Colorado South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina* South Carolina* South Carolina* South Carolina * South Carolina** South Carolina* South Carolina* South Carolina* South Carolina* South Carolina* South Carolina* Wingate JC Wingate JC Wingate JC Wingate JC
Year 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 1969 1968
Record 17-9 15-12 19-8 15-10 24-4 20-8 13-14 21-9 16-13 17-9 16-9 20-10 20-7 18-13 20-8 24-7 18-10 22-8 21-9 15-16 17-11 27-8 21-8 22-7 27-5 21-9 27-13 26-7 20-8 31-2 24-3 25-9 26-3 22-4 32-3 28-3 27-4 13-4
Notes C-USA - 2nd; NCAA Round of 32 C-USA - 2nd; NCAA Tournament C-USA - 2nd; NCAA Round of 32 WAC - 2nd WAC Champions, NCAA Sweet 16; 11th NCAA NCAA 2nd Round WAC - Tied 3rd WAC - 4th WAC - 5th WAC - 5th WAC Consolation Title Big 12 - 3rd Big 8 - 2nd Big 8 - 2nd Big 8 - 3rd Big Eight Champions Big 8 - 3rd Big 8 - 5th Big 8 - 5th Big 8 - 5th Big 8 - 5th NIT Bid NIT Bid Top 25 Nationally 15th Nationally 19th Nationally Top 25 Nationally 16th Nationally Top 25 Nationally
National Champions National Champions 3rd Nationally
* - Player and/or Team participated in NCAA Championships; ** - Reached Final 16 of NCAA Team Championship
SMARR’S RICE SUPERLATIVES Coach of the Year National & South Central Region (2004) Western Athletic Conference (2003 & 2004) NCAA Tournament Appearances: 7 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Conference Championships: 1 Western Athletic Conference (2004) All-Americans: 6 Richard Barker (2); William Barker (2); Shane Stone; Efe Ustundag NCAA Singles Qualifiers: 10 Efe Ustundag; Richard Barker; William Barker; Robert Searle (4); Ben Harknett; Bruno Rosa; Christoph Müller NCAA Doubles Qualifiers: 6 Richard & William Barker (2); Matthias Mathaes & Prakash Venkataraman; Shane Stone & Efe Ustundag; Robert Searle & Tony Hearle; Ralph Knupfer & Christoph Müller
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EFE USTUNDAG ASSISTANT COACH FIFTH YEAR AT RICE Former Rice All-America Efe Ustundag returned to his alma mater on Sept. 3, 2004 when was named assistant coach for the men’s tennis program. Rice has made the NCAA Team Tournament, finished inside the Top 40 of the ITA rankings and played at least one player in the NCAA Singles Tournament in each of Ustundag’s first four seasons. The Owls also have racked up 16 All-Conference honors during Ustundag’s tenure, including a trio of first team picks in Ben Harknett, Ralph Knupfer and Christoph Müller in 2007 and Müller and Bruno Rosa last season. Prior to his return to his alma mater, Ustundag spent the two seasons at Texas Tech as an assistant coach. The Red Raiders advanced to Big 12 Semifinals in 2003. Ustundag spent two years as a professional player and assistant coach for Enka Tennis Club in his native Turkey. He assisted Ali Gorec, the former Turkish Davis Cup coach, in various administrative and coaching duties. Ustundag won the national championship in both singles and doubles during 2000, while capturing the national indoor championship in both events in 2001. He also was a member of the Turkish Davis Cup team from 1997 to 2001. A doubles All-America selection at Rice, Ustundag also anchored the Owls singles lineup during his final three seasons and maintained a national NCAA ranking as high as 16th. He was the MVP at the 1996 Team Championships in San Diego. Ustundag followed that up with Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Scholar Athlete of the Year and Tennis Magazine’s Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for sportsmanship and leadership in 1998. He was an All-WAC Singles FirstTeam selection and All-WAC Doubles Second-Team honoree en route to
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Program Stringer 15th Year at Rice
Layne Schramm enters his second season at Rice as the athletic trainer for both tennis programs. Schramm graduated from Texas in December 2006 after serving as a student athletic trainer. Before coming to Rice, he also completed an internship with the Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League (AFL) during the 2007 season. 28
NCAA Region VI Senior Player of the Year. Before attending Rice, Ustundag attended the famous Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida from 1990-93. He was awarded the NBTA Grand Slam award for academics, citizenship and athletics in 1992. Ustundag graduated from Rice in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in managerial studies and sports management. He lives in Houston.
Ken Mize enters his 15th season as the stringer for both of Rice’s tennis programs. He also assists with the program’s tennis camps Mize is an accomplished tennis player and is currently ranked No. 2 in the state of Texas and No. 11 nationally in Men’s 50 Singles by the USTA. He has served a full time teacher for HISD for the last 27 years.
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CHRISTOPH MüLLER Senior-3L w 6-1 Karlsruhe, Germany (Max-Planck-Gymnasium) HONORS AT RICE All-Conference USA First Team (2007 & 2008); All-Conference USA Doubles (2008); Conference USA Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship (2008); C-USA Player of the Week (Feb. 5, 2008 & April 17, 2007); C-USA Player of the Month (October 2007 & September 2006); Conference USA All-Academic Team (2008); C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2006-07).
a 20-15 doubles record, including a 10-10 mark at the No. 2 position … started fall campaign winning seven of nine singles matches en route to C-USA Player of the Month … recorded his first win against a ranked foe, downing No. 117 Dimitar Kutrovsky 6-3, 6-1 of Texas to advance to the ITA South Central regional Round of 16 … made a run to the quarterfinals with Mok at the ITA South Central Regional Championships (Oct. 21-24).
2008 FALL (SEnior) Tabbed the 35th-ranked singles player nationally and teamed with Bruno Rosa to rank 25th in doubles in the initial ITA rankings … advanced to the quarterfinals of the Wilson/ITA South Central Regionals (Oct. 27) … teamed with Rosa to reach the doubles consolation draw at the D’Novo ITA All-American … reached the round of 16 in singles and doubles at the HEB Baylor Invite … teamed with Sam Garforth-Bles to upset Oklahoma’s No. 2 seed Oleksandr Nedovyesov and Nathan Byrnes.
2005-06 Season (freshman) Matriculated at Rice in January 2006 ... quickly earned a spot in the line-up, posting a 12-9 singles record ... won six of his seven decisions in the No. 6 hole ... won five of his last six to close out the regular season ... teamed with Ben Harknett for a 10-6 doubles mark as the pair went 9-4 at the No. 3 slot.
2007-08 SEASON (junior) Compiled a 17-6 singles record during the spring and finished the season ranked 62nd by the ITA … ranked as high as 34th during the season … went 15-6 from the No. 2 slot, 2-0 at No. 1 and 6-3 against nationally-ranked opponents … won his last six singles matches, including a three-set decision over TCU’s Emanu Brighui (May 9) to help lead the Owls to a 4-3 victory over the 34th-ranked Horned Frogs in the first round of the NCAA Championships … posted a straight-set victory over Tulsa’s 58th-ranked Victor Kolik (April 20) … Helped the Owls post an upset of No. 21 Texas A&M with a straight-set win over the Aggies’ 90th-ranked Wil Spencer (April 9) … defeated San Diego’s 66th-ranked Dean Jackson in two sets (March 23) … upset Texas’ 18th-ranked Kellen Damico in an epic 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 1-0 (10-6) battle (Feb. 24) … Downed Miami’s 97th-ranked David Rosenfeld in straight sets (Feb. 10) … teamed with Ralph Knufer in 14 doubles matches, tallying an 8-6 mark, all at the No. 1 spot … the duo ended the season ranked 25th by the ITA and ranked as high as 12th during the season … advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championships … knocked off Florida State’s 30th-ranked pair of Clint Bowles and Jean-Yves Aubone (March 11) … Upset North Carolina’s third-ranked pair of Tayor Fogleman and Chris Kearney (Feb. 3) … during the fall, tallied a 6-5 singles record … won C-USA Player of the Month for October after winning six of his nine matches during the month … made a run to the quarterfinals knocking off top seed Bojan Szumanski of Texas Tech at the Wilson/ITA South Central Regional Championships (Oct. 20-23) … tallied an 8-3 doubles mark teamed with fellow German Ralph Knupfer … made a run to the finals at Baylor Invitational (Sept. 21-23) … turned in a semifinal effort at Wilson/ITA South Central Regional Championships (Oct. 20-23). 2006-07 Season (sophomore) Led all Rice players with 28-10 singles mark and picked up All-Conference USA First Team honors … won 18 of his 22 dual match decisions … strung together five straight wins to open spring season (Jan. 28 – Feb. 11), capped by a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 97 Evan Dufaux of Vanderbilt (Feb. 11) … won C-USA CoPlayer of the Week award (April 17) after No. 3 singles wins against No. 61 SMU (April 13) and No. 18 Michigan (April 15) … evened the score at 2-2 with a 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Luka Ocvirk in the No. 3 match at No. 35 Texas A&M (May 11) during the NCAA First Round … paired with Jason Mok and compiled 30
high school 2005 graduate of Max-Planck-Gymnasium in Karlsruhe, Germany ... achieved a ranking of 134 in Germany. Personal Son of Winfried and Christel Müller ... born on May 6, 1986 in Karlsruhe, Germany ... majoring in economics and managerial studies ... member of Wiess College.
Singles Fall 2005-06 0-0 2006-07 11-6 2007-08 9-5 2008-09 4-2 Total 24-13
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3 2-0 6-2 — — 8-2
4 2-0 6-2 — — 8-2
5 6 2-8 6-1 4-0 — — — — — 6-8 6-1
Doubles Fall Dual 1 2 3 2005-06 0-0 12-6 — 1-2 11-4 2006-07 9-5 14-9 10-9 3-0 1-1 2007-08 9-5 9-8 9-7 0-1 — 2008-09 8-4 — — — — Total 26-14 35-23 19-16 4-3 12-5
DENNIS POLYAKOV Junior-2L w 5-10 Houston, Texas (Clear Creek HS) HONORS AT RICE 2006-07 C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. 2008 FALL (JUNIOR) Reached the quarterfinals of the singles A flight at the ULL Fall Invite (Sept. 21) … also reached the doubles quarters before that portion of the event was cancelled … notched a pair of victories to reach the round of 32 in the main singles draw at the Wilson/ITA South Central Regional. 2007-08 SEASON (sophomore) Posted an 11-10 record during the spring … went a combined 4-0 in the No. 4 and No. 5 spots and 7-10 at No. 6 … teamed with Bruno Rosa in all eight of his doubles matches, tallying a 5-3 mark, all from the No. 3 spot … contributed to the Owls’ upset of 21stranked Texas A&M with a three-set victory over Kayvon Karimi and a doubles victory with Rosa over the Aggies’ Matt Bain and Chris Chirico (April 9) … Recorded the Owls’ only point against 12th-ranked Tulsa with a three-set decision over Ross Cunningham (April 2) … Notched wins from the No. 5 spot against San Diego (March 23), Middle Tennessee State (March 22) and Iowa (March 21) … defeated fifth-ranked Texas’ Josh Zavala in a hard-fought 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 1-0 (10-8) decision (Feb. 24) … also claimed victories against Miami (Feb. 10), Arizona (Feb. 8) and North Carolina State (Feb. 1) … had a successful fall season and made semifinals of B Singles Flight before losing a hard-fought three-set decision at the Rice Invitational (Sept. 14-16) … appeared in Round of 16 at The Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 12-14) … dropped a pair of doubles decisions with Chong Wang at Rice Invitational (Sept. 14-16). 2006-07 Season (freshman) Won two of his three matches during the spring season, including his lone dual match appearance 6-1, 7-5 against Abiline Christian’s Luke Hawk (April 10) … teamed with Ben Harknett for three doubles victories at the No. 3 spot … earned a hard-fought 8-6 win at No. 35 Texas A&M (May 11) in NCAA First Round … posted a 7-3 singles mark in fall tournament action ... won the green draw consolation bracket at the Baylor Invitational with four consecutive highlighted by opponents from Alabama and Miami ... finished 4-4 in doubles with three different partners.
high school 2006 graduate of Clear Creek High School ... 2005 UIL 5A state semifinalist in singles... chose Rice over Iowa, Michigan State, Marquette and Purdue. Personal Son of Oleg and Alina Polyakov ... born on Feb. 4, 1988 in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine ... majoring in mathematical economic analysis ... member of Lovett College. Singles Fall 2006-07 8-5 2007-08 2-6 2008-09 3-2 Total 13-13
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2 — — — 0-0
3 — — — 0-0
4 — 1-0 — 1-0
5 6 — 1-0 3-0 7-10 — — 3-0 8-10
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2 3 — 3-1 — 5-3 — — 0-0 8-4
VISHNU RAJAM Redshirt Sophomore-1L w 6-7 Chennai, India (American International School-Chennai) 2008 fall (Sophomore) Competed in the ULL Fall Invite ... Defeated LSU’s David Roberts, 6-4, 6-3, before falling in the quarterfinals. 2007-08 SEASON (redshirt freshman) Won his only decison in singles competition during the spring ... defeated Prairie View A&M’s Jose Garcia, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 5 spot (April 9) ... went 2-0 in doubles play, teaming with Bruno Rosa ... clamed victories over UC-Irvine (March 8) and Florida State (March 11) ... competed at the Rice Invitational (Sept. 14-16) and the Midland Racquet Club Invitational (Oct. 12-14) … three of his five losses came in three sets … picked up a 6-4, 6-3 consolation victory over teammate Jon Greenberg at the Rice Invitational (Sept. 14-16) … paired with Greenberg and made championship match of B Doubles flight at Rice Invitational. 2006-07 Season (FRESHMAN) Rajam redshirted the 2006-07 season. high school 2005 graduate of American International School in Chennai, India ... held a national ranking of 21 ... doubles winner and singles runner-up at Navallur ... national U18 and ITF Srilanka runners-up in doubles ... selected for the MBTA elite program at Bangalore ... also played basketball ... named Raptors’ most valuable player after winning the most improved and best defensive player awards ... also named the basketball team’s Iron Man. Personal Son of Srinath and Gayathre Rajam ... born on April 24, 1988 in Chennai, India ... has one brother and one sister ... majoring in economics ... member of Hanszen College.
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2 3 4 5 6 Doubles Fall Dual 1 2 3 — — — 1-0 — 2007-08 — 2-0 — — 2-0 — — — — — 2008-09 — — — — — — — — 1-0 — Total — 2-0 — — 2-0
BRUNO ROSA Junior-1L w 5-10 Florianopolis, Brazil (Coopereduca School) HONORS AT RICE 2008 NCAA First-Team All-American; 2008 ITA South Central Rookie of the Year; 2008 All Conference USA First Team; 2008 Conference USA Newcomer of the Year; Conference USA Player of the Week (April 15, 2008; March 25, 2008; Feb. 12, 2008; Jan. 23, 2008); Conference USA All-Academic Team 2008 fall (junior) Advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA National Indoor Championships (Nov. 7) ... lost in the final at the ITA South Central Regional Championships (Oct. 28) ... lost in the round of 16 at the D’Novo ITA All-American tournament ... advanced to the quarterfinals of the HEB Baylor Invitational (Sept. 27) ... teamed with Christoph Müller to reach the quarterfinals at the ITA South Central Regional Championships (Oct. 26). 2007-08 season (SOPHOMORE) Compiled a 17-6 singles record, including a 16-6 mark in the No. 1 position … recorded an 8-5 mark against nationally-ranked opponents … entered the tournament ranked 14th and defeated Texas’ 47th-ranked Ed Corrie in the first round of the NCAA singles championship (May 21), before falling in the second round (May 22) … defeated SMU’s 124th-ranked David Kuczer in the Owls’ victory over the Mustangs in the Conference USA Championship semifinals … upset Texas A&M’s 15th-ranked Connor Pollock in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 (April 9) … downed San Diego’s 45th-ranked Thomas Liversage in three sets to help the Owls capture the Rice Invitational title (March 23) … clinched the Owls’ victory over Iowa, head coach Ron Smarr’s 800th career win, with a hard-fought three-set decision over Bart van Monsjou (March 21) … downed LSU’s 92nd-ranked Jan Zelezny (March 18) … upset Florida State’s 24th-ranked Jean Yves-Aubone 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 1-0 (10-3) (March 11) … notched biggest win to date over Miami’s seventh-ranked Daniel Vallverdu (Feb. 10) … downed Arizona’s 37th-ranked Claudio Christen (Feb. 8) … won the National Collegiate Tennis Classic over San Diego State’s Achim Ceban (Jan. 20) … went 13-10 in doubles play with five different partners … Rosa sat out the fall season. 2006-07 Season (FRESHMAN) Sat 2007 spring season after serving a year of residency requirements … advanced to 3rd Round of qualifying at US Men’s Clay Court Championships (April 9) … defeated No. 4 seed and No. 127 ranked Bjorn Phau before falling to No. 157 ranked Mariano Zabaleta.
high school December 2005 graduate of Coopereduca School in Florianopolis, Brazil ... achieved an ITF juniors ranking of No. 8 in 2004 ... represented Brazil in Davis Cup competition against Venezuela in 2004 ... chose Rice over Pepperdine, UCLA and Stanford. Personal Son of Ademir and Maria Adelia Rosa ... born on February 14, 1986 in Florianopolis, Brazil ... has one sister ... majoring mathematical economic analysis ... member of Lovett College. Singles 2007-08 2008-09 Total
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3 4 5 6 — — — — — — — — — — — —
Doubles Fall Dual 1 2 3 2007-08 — 13-10 — 0-1 13-9 2008-09 — — — — — Total — 13-10 — 0-1 13-9
TOBIAS SCHEIL Senior-2L w 6-2 Bad Abbach, Germany (Colorado) HONORS AT RICE 2007 All-Conference USA Doubles Team; 2006-07 C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. 2008 fall (SEnior) Scheil missed the fall season due to an injury. 2007-08 SEASON (JUnior) Posted a 4-1 singles record, going 1-0 at Nos. 3 and 4 and 2-1 at the No. 6 position … clinched the Owls’ NCAA Tournament firstround victory over TCU with a three-set decision over Casey Powers (May 9) … recorded his victory at the No. 3 spot against Prairie View A&M (April 9) … defeated Middle Tennessee State’s Chris Nowak in straight sets (March 22) … went 7-12 in doubles play with three different partners. 2006-07 Season (sophomore) Made an instant impact on the program and played No. 1 doubles with Ralph Knupfer for most of the season earning an All-Conference USA Doubles Team selection … came through with a 9-7 win at No. 35 Texas A&M (May 11) to secure doubles point in NCAA First Round … compiled a 14-13 singles record, including a 9-6 mark at the No. 4 position … started the spring season with three straight wins at No. 4 capped by a three-set win over Minnesota’s Mikey Kantar (Feb. 3) … won both of his decisions at the C-USA Championships against Memphis and SMU (April 20-21) … posted a 4-4 singles record during the fall, highlighted by a 7-6, 4-6, 7-5 victory against No. 83 ranked Ricardo Soriano of Tulsa (Oct. 3-4). at colorado Redshirted his freshman season before the program was discontinued at the end of the 2005-06 season … named to the Honor Roll. high school 2005 graduate of Gymnasium Oberhaching in Munich, Germany ... won the German Championships (U16) ... represented Germany on the way to winning the Team Eurocup (U16) as well as a secondplace finish at the Team World Cup ... also played soccer.
Personal Son of Dieter and Ingebory Scheil ... born on January 9, 1985 in Regensburg, Germany ... majoring in economics ... member of Jones College. Singles 2006-07 2007-08 Total
Fall 4-5 0-2 4-5
Dual 10-8 4-1 10-8
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2 — — 0-0
3 — 1-0 1-0
4 5 6 9-6 1-1 0-1 1-0 — 2-1 10-6 1-1 2-2
Doubles 2006-07 2007-08 Total
Fall 1-3 2-1 3-4
Dual 1 2 3 14-9 13-9 1-0 — 7-12 0-1 3-8 4-3 21-21 13-10 4-8 4-3
CHONG WANG Senior-1L w 5-11 Houston, Texas (Southern California) 2008 fall (Senior) Picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win over Casey Powers of TCU to open Wilson/ ITA South Central Championships (Oct. 20) … tallied a 2-3 mark in doubles playing with two partners … won two of three matches with Filip Zivojinovic at the Wilson/ITA South Central Regional Championships (Oct. 20-22) en route to Round of 16 … notched 8-6 wins over pairs from Texas and UTSA. 2007-08 season (SOPHOMORE) Posted a 12-11 singles record, including a 7-6 mark from the No. 5 spot … claimed a three-set victory over SMU’s Oivind Alver in the Owls’ Conference USA Championship semifinal win … defeated Texas A&M’s Chris Chirico in the No. 4 spot in the Owl’s upset of the 21st-ranked Aggies (April 9) … three-set decision over Sebastien Vidal clinched the Owls’ win over William & Mary … downed Miami’s Keith Crowley at the No. 5 position in the Owls’ win over the 24th-ranked Hurricanes (Feb. 10) … went 11-13 in doubles play with three different partners … picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win over Casey Powers of TCU to open Wilson/ITA South Central Championships (Oct. 20) … tallied a 2-3 mark in doubles playing with two partners … won two of three matches with Filip Zivojinovic at the Wilson/ ITA South Central Regional Championships (Oct. 20-22) en route to Round of 16 … notched 8-6 wins over pairs from Texas and UTSA. at usc Posted the team’s best singles record, going 20-13 overall during the 2006 season ... was 14-8 in dual matches, playing primarily at the No. 5 position ... also racked up a 4-0 record at No. 6 spot ... played minimal doubles, going 3-5 overall after pairing five different partners ... compiled a 6-3 record in the fall ... advanced to the semifinals of the ITA/Regional consolation round... also competed in the Torero Challenge.
high school 2004 graduate of Clear Lake High in Houston, Texas ... four-year letterwinner who played at No. 1 singles and doubles ... led his team twice to a second-place finish in the State Championships ... won the under-14 Nationals and was a finalist in under-16s ... ranked No. 1 in under-18s ... had the No. 1 ranking in his high school class with a 4.5 GPA. personal Son of Tao and Shihong Wang ... born on October 19, 1987 in China ... majoring in economics ... member of Jones College Singles 2007-08 2008-09 Total
Fall 0-2 — 4-5
Dual 4-1 — 10-8
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2 — — 0-0
3 1-0 — 1-0
4 5 6 1-0 — 2-1 — — — 10-6 1-1 2-2
Doubles 2007-08 2008-09 Total
Fall Dual 1 2 3 2-1 7-12 0-1 3-8 4-3 — — — — — 3-4 21-21 13-10 4-8 4-3
Freshman-HS w 6-3 Bragg Creek, Alberta Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
Freshman-HS w 5-9 Guatemala City, Guatemala Univ. of Miami (Fla.) Online
high school/JUNIORS Graduated from Strathcona-Tweedsmuir school in Calgary, Alberta ... named Albertaâ€™s Male Provincial Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 ... second-ranked under 18 player in Canada ... ranked 88th by ITF ... won a combined 34 singles and doubles titles ... two-time Canadian national champion ... won ITF Costa Rica Bowl ... lost in the second round of the Junior Australian Open and also competed in Junior U.S. Open and Junior Wimbledon ... member of the Canadian Junior Davis Cup team. personal Son of Tim and Fiona Garfoth-Bles ... born on January 18, 1990 ... intends to major in earth sciences ... also recruited by Notre Dame, Duke, Princeton, Northwestern, Alabama, Wake Forest, and Pepperdine ... member of Martel College.
high school/juniors Graduated from University of Miami (Fla.) Online High School ... member of the Guatemalan Davis Cup team ... captured ITF G4 and G5 singles tournament titles ... won six ITF (G4 and G5) doubles tournaments. personal Son of Carlos and Jean Saravia ... born on October 17, 1989 ... sister, Karen, lettered at Arkansas State in 2005 ... intends to major in mathematical economic analysis ... chose Rice over Texas, Georgia Tech and Miami (Fla.) ... member of Martel College.
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Freshman-HS w 5-11 Canyon Lake, Texas Texas Tech Online HS
Freshman-HS w 6-0 Tampa, Fla. Sickles HS
high school/Juniors Graduated from Texas Tech Online High School ... ranked in the top 20 in the country in juniors play ... ranked 11th in Texas ... earned the National Sportsmanship Award. personal Son of Hitoshi and Sachiko Tachibana ... born on July 22, 1990 ... undecided on a major ... chose Rice over Princeton, Harvard, Texas A&M and William & Mary ... member of Will Rice College.
high school/juniors Graduated from Walter L. Sickles High School in Tampa, Fla. ... earned Western Conference First-Team honors for the Gryphons under coach Angela Womack ... captured the state 4A singles championship ... named Tampa Tribune Player of the Year ... named Sickles Key Scholar and named to All-Academic Team ... member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. personal Son of Edward Wang and Wei Liu ... born on August 19, 1990 ... intends to major in political science ... also recruited by College of William and Mary, Navy and The Citadel ... member of Will Rice College.
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RICE OWLS 2008 RICE TENNIS REUNION CLASSIC Several former Rice Owls returned to not only cheer on the football team against Army in the homecoming game, but also to take on the current Owl tennis team. The weekend began with a cocktail party on Friday night and ended with a round robin event on Saturday. The program hopes to continue this tradition for many years to come.
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RICE OWLS 2007-08 STATISTICS Team Results • Record: 17-9 • conference usa runner-up • NCAA 2nd round ITA Ranking: 22 • ITA South Central Regional Ranking: 5 Date Opponent Jan. 27 at South Florida Feb. 1 at #20 North Carolina State Feb. 3 at #10 North Carolina Feb. 6 Lamar Feb. 8 Arizona Feb. 10 #24 Miami Feb. 16 at #42 Old Dominion Feb. 17 at #43 William & Mary Feb. 24 #5 Texas March 3 at #50 San Diego State March 5 at #6 UCLA March 8 at #53 UC Irvine March 11 #17 Florida State
Result Date Opponent L, 2-5 March 18 #26 LSU W, 4-3 March 21 #49 Iowa W, 4-3 March 22 #72 Middle Tennessee State W, 6-1 March 23 #67 San Diego W, 5-2 April 2 #12 Tulsa W, 5-2 April 6 at #60 SMU W, 5-2 April 9 #21 Texas A&M W, 4-3 April 9 Prairie View A&M L, 3-4 April 18 *vs. East Carolina W, 5-2 April 19 *at #47 SMU L, 0-7 April 20 *vs. #9 Tulsa W, 7-0 May 9 ^vs. #34 TCU L, 3-4 May 10 ^at #7 Texas
Result L, 2-4 W, 4-2 W, 4-0 W, 4-2 L, 1-4 L, 0-5 W, 4-3 W, 6-0 W, 5-0 W, 4-2 L, 1-4 W, 4-3 L, 0-4
Home matches are in bold and played at Jake Hess Stadium; (*) C-USA Championship (Dallas, Texas); (^) NCAA Championship (Austin, Texas).
Player Overall Ralph Knufer 13-18 26-11 Christoph Müller Dennis Polyakov 13-16 Vishnu Rajam 2-5 17-6 Bruno Rosa Tobias Schiel 4-3 3-6 Hoony Shin Chong Wang 13-13 Filip Zivojinovic 21-22 112-100 Totals
Player Overall Knupfer/Scheil 0-1 1-2 Müller/Zivojinovic Rosa/Wang 1-0 16-9 Knupfer/Müller Wang/Zivojinovic 9-7 Rosa/Scheil 4-4 5-3 Polyakov/Rosa Rajam/Rosa 2-0 3-7 Scheil/Wang Rosa/Zivojinovic 1-3 Rajam/Greenberg 2-1 Polyakov/Wang 0-2 Totals 44-39
Tournament Dual No.1 No.2 No.3 No.4 No. 5 No. 6 Nationally Ranked Last 10 5-7 8-11 • • 8-11 • • • 0-3 2-6 9-5 17-6 2-0 15-6 • • • • 6-3 7-1 2-6 11-10 • • • 1-0 3-0 7-10 • 4-4 1-5 1-0 • • • • 1-0 • • • • 17-6 16-6 1-0 • • • • 8-5 5-3 0-2 4-1 • • 1-0 1-0 • 2-1 • • 2-5 1-1 • • • • • 1-1 • • 1-2 12-11 • 1-0 1-2 3-3 7-6 • • • 3-8 8-14 • • • 6-10 2-4 • 0-1 2-6 23-40 79-60 18-6 17-6 10-12 11-13 13-10 10-12 14-12 •
Tournament Dual No.1 No.2 No.3 Nationally Ranked Last 10 • 0-1 0-1 • • • • • 1-2 1-1 0-1 • 0-1 • • 1-0 • • 1-0 • • 8-3 8-6 8-6 • • 3-3 6-4 2-1 7-6 • 6-6 1-0 • 5-5 • 4-4 • 0-1 4-3 0-1 • • 5-3 • • 5-3 • • • 2-0 • • 2-0 • • • 3-7 • 3-7 • 0-2 3-7 • 1-3 • • 1-3 • • 2-1 • • • • • • 0-2 • • • • • • 12-7 32-32 9-8 9-15 14-9 3-7 •
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RICE OWLS ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS (SINCE 1980) Opponent Abilene Christian Alabama Arizona Arizona State Arkansas Arkansas-Little Rock Auburn Ball State Baylor Boise State Bowling Green BYU California Centenary Charlotte Clemson Coastal Carolina Colorado Columbia Cornell Davidson Drake Duke East Carolina Elon Evansville Florida Florida Atlantic Florida International Florida State Fresno State Furman Georgia Georgia Tech Gonzaga Grambling Harvard Hawai`i Houston Houston Baptist Illinois Indiana Indiana State Iowa James Madison Kansas Lamar
W-L 7-0 1-1 6-1 1-2 2-14 2-2 0-5 1-0 15-4 1-2 1-0 2-1 1-1 3-0 2-0 1-1 1-0 2-0 6-1 1-0 1-0 2-1 2-0 4-0 1-0 2-0 2-1 0-1 0-1 3-5 2-0 4-0 0-3 4-4 1-0 2-0 1-0 3-0 4-3 6-0 1-0 1-2 2-0 3-1 1-0 1-0 19-2
Opponent Long Beach State Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Monroe Louisiana Tech Loyola Marymount LSU McClennan College McNeese State Maryland Memphis Miami Michigan Michigan State Middle Tennessee State Minnesota Mississippi Mississippi State Nebraska Nevada New Mexico New Mexico State New Orleans Newport Beach Nicholls State North Carolina North Carolina State Northern Arizona Northwestern Notre Dame Ohio State Old Dominion Oklahoma Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Oral Roberts Oregon Pennsylvania Pepperdine Prairie View A&M Purdue Rollins San Diego San Diego State Santa Clara South Alabama South Carolina SMU 2008-09 RICE MEN’S TENNIS
W-L 0-4 9-7 9-5 2-0 1-0 3-3 4-0 2-2 0-2 3-0 1-6 4-1 2-0 3-3 2-4 0-2 0-1 9-2 1-0 0-6 2-0 6-0 1-0 2-1 3-3 4-1 1-0 1-0 1-2 2-4 1-0 3-5 1-0 1-4 2-0 2-0 1-0 0-1 1-0 2-0 0-1 6-1 4-2 3-0 3-3 1-1 12-24
Opponent Southern Miss Southwest Missouri State St. Edwards St. Joseph’s Stanford Stephen F. Austin TCU Tennessee Texas Texas A&M Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Texas-Arlington Texas-Pan American Texas-San Antonio Texas-Tyler Texas Southern Texas State Texas Tech Toledo Trinity Tulane Tulsa UAB UCF UC Irvine UCLA UC Riverside UC Santa Barbara UNLV USC USF UTEP Utah Vanderbilt Virginia Commonwealth Virginia Tech Wake Forest Washington Weber State West Texas State West Virginia Wichita State William & Mary Wisconsin TOTALS
W-L 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 2-0 5-25 0-3 4-25 4-25 1-0 12-0 10-0 11-0 2-0 4-0 8-3 18-7 1-0 6-6 1-2 7-11 1-1 0-0 3-6 0-2 1-0 2-0 0-1 0-3 2-3 2-0 1-0 2-1 0-2 2-2 1-0 2-1 1-0 2-0 4-0 2-0 2-1 4-0 338-267
RICE OWLS Year-by-Year
Season 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83 1983-84 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 1987-88 1988-89 1989-90 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Record Pct. Conf. Pct. Head Coach 10-10 .500 2-6 .250 Larry Turville 16-10 .615 2-6 .250 Larry Turville 7-14 .333 2-6 .250 Larry Turville 9-12 .429 2-6 .250 Larry Turville 4-19 .174 0-8 .000 Larry Turville 11-14 .440 1-7 .125 Larry Turville 17-8 .680 3-5 .375 Larry Turville 13-11 .542 3-5 .375 Larry Turville 10-10 .500 2-6 .250 Larry Turville 16-5 .762 6-3 .667 Larry Turville 12-8 .600 4-3 .571 Larry Turville 14-4 .778 3-4 .429 Larry Turville 9-8 .529 2-4 .333 Larry Turville 7-13 .350 3-3 .500 Larry Turville 10-10 .500 3-3 .500 Larry Turville 3-14 .176 2-5 .286 Larry Turville 10-9 .526 1-6 .143 Larry Turville 13-11 .542 0-5 .000 S. Ladhani & L. Turville 16-9 .640 3-3 .500 Ron Smarr 17-9 .654 0-2 .000 Ron Smarr 16-13 .552 1-4 .200 Ron Smarr 21-9 .700 1-3 .250 Ron Smarr 13-14 .481 0-2 .000 Ron Smarr 20-8 .714 2-0 1.000 Ron Smarr 24-4 .857 4-0 1.000 Ron Smarr 15-10 .600 2-1 .667 Ron Smarr 19-8 .704 1-1 .500 Ron Smarr 15-12 .556 0-2 .000 Ron Smarr 17-9 .654 2-3 .400 Ron Smarr
rice invitational history Season 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Team Champion Singles Champion Rice Art Foust (Rice) Trinity Chuck McKinley (Trinity) Rice, Univ. of Corpus Christi Ronnie Fisher (Rice) Trinity Frank Froehling (Trinity) Trinity Chuck McKinley (Trinity) Trinity Frank Froehling (Trinity) Trinity Antonio Palafox (UCC) Rice Bill Harris (Trinity) Univ. of Corpus Christi V. Zarazua (UCC) Rice John Pickens (Rice) Trinity Mike Estep (Rice) Trinity Zdravko Mincek (BYU) Rice Harold Solomon (Rice) Trinity Dick Stockton (Trinity) SMU Tim Vann (SMU) SMU George Hardie (SMU) Trinity Bill Matyastik (Trinity) Trinity Steve Wedderbern (Oklahoma) Trinity Larry Gottfried (Trinity) SMU Tommy Cain (SMU) Trinity Kevin Curren (Texas) Trinity Tony Giammalva (Trinity) Houston Nduka Odizor (Houston) Tennessee Mike DePalmer (Tennessee) Miami (Fla.) Christo Steyn (Miami) Houston Paul Annacone (Tennessee) Texas A&M Grant Connell (Texas A&M) Long Beach State Richard Bergh (Long Beach State) Long Beach State Richard Bergh (Long Beach State) Mississippi State Olivier Lorin (Oklahoma) Indiana Team Competition Tennessee Team Competition Rice Team Competition Tennessee Team Competition South Alabama Team Competition South Alabama Team Competition Arkansas-Little Rock Team Competition Arkansas-Little Rock Team Competition Rice Team Competition Rice Team Competition Rice Team Competition Columbia Team Competition Rice Team Competition Virginia Tech Team Competition Rice Team Competition Rice Team Competition Middle Tennessee State Team Competition Rice Team Competition
All-time team champions
Rice (14); Trinity (13); Tennessee (3); SMU (3); South Alabama (2); Arkansas-Little Rock (2); Long Beach State (2); Univ. of Corpus Christi (2); Houston (2); Columbia (1); Miami (1); Texas A&M (1); Mississippi State (1); Indiana (1); Oklahoma (1); Virginia Tech (1) and Middle Tennessee State (1)
All-time Individual champions
Trinity (9); Rice (5); SMU (3); Long Beach State (2); Univ. of Corpus Christi (1); Oklahoma (1) and Tennessee (1). 42
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RICE OWLS ATHLETIC HONORS National Champions Season Players Championship 1935 Wilber Hess NCAA Singles 1938 Frank Guernsey NCAA Singles Frank Guernsey NCAA Singles 1939 1947 Sam Match & Bobby Curtis NCAA Doubles 2002 Richard Barker & William Barker ITA Indoor Doubles
ncaa individual singles qualifiers Year Player 1980 Rocky Royer 1983 Tres Cushing 1985 Scott Melville 1985 Don Tomasco 1985 Tres Cushing 1986 Scott Melville 1986 Scott Melville Andrew Taylor 1986 1989 Larry Pearl 1989 Ken Thome Steve Campbell 1992 1999 Shane Stone Efe Ustundag 1999 2003 Richard Barker 2003 William Barker Robert Searle 2003 2004 Robert Searle 2005 Robert Searle Robert Searle 2006 2007 Ben Harknett 2008 Christoph Müller 2008 Bruno Rosa
ncaa individual Doubles qualifiers Year Players 1999 Efe Ustundag & Shane Stone 2002 Matthias Mathaes & Prakash Venkataraman 2003 Richard & William Barker 2004 Richard & William Barker 2005 Tony Hearle & Robert Searle 2008 Ralph Knupfer & Christoph Müller highest ncaa team finish Season Finish Opponent 1947 National Runner-Up William & Mary 1968 National Runner-Up USC 1970 National Runner-Up UCLA ncaa team tournament appearances (since 1977) Season Opponent (Round) Result 2001 Auburn (NCAA Round of 64) L, 4-1 2003 South Carolina (NCAA Round of 64) W, 4-2 2003 Texas (NCAA Round of 32) L, 4-3 2004 South Alabama (NCAA Round of 64) W, 4-1 2004 LSU (NCAA Round of 32) W, 4-0 2004 Baylor (NCAA Sweet 16) L, 4-1 Texas (NCAA Round of 64) L, 4-3 2005 2006 Louisiana-Lafayette (NCAA Round of 64) W, 4-1 2006 Texas (NCAA Round of 32) L, 4-0 2007 Texas A&M (NCAA Round of 64) L, 4-2 2008 TCU (NCAA Round of 64) W, 4-3 2008 Texas (NCAA Round of 32) L, 4-0
Season Player 1932 Jake Hess 1935 Wilbur Hess 1938 Frank Guernsey 1939 Frank Guernsey 1948 Sam Match 1948 Bobby Curtis 1950 Jack A. Turpin 1950 Chick Harris 1961 Ronnie Fisher 1964 Jim Parker 1965 John Pickens 1966 John Pickens 1967 Butch Seewagen 1967 Mike Hamilton 1968 Butch Seewagen 1969 Mike Estep 1969 Zan Guerry 1970 Mike Estep 1970 Zan Guerry 1971 Mike Estep 1971 Zan Guerry 1971 Harold Solomon 1992 Steve Campbell 1999 Shane Stone 1999 Efe Ustundag 2003 Richard Barker 2003 William Barker 2004 Richard Barker 2004 William Barker 2008 Bruno Rosa
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RICE OWLS ATHLETIC HONORS Rice hall of fame inductees Year Player (Class) Jake Hess (1932) 1970 1971 Wilbur Hess (1935) 1971 Frank Guernsey (1941) 1973 Bobby Curtis (1948) Ronnie Fisher (1961) 1981 1984 Quinn Connelley (1934) 1989 Harold Solomon (1974) 1991 Sam Match (1949) 1992 Mike Estep (1971) Zan Guerry (1971) 1992 1993 Butch Seewagen (1970) 1997 Jim Parker (1965) texas tennis hall of fame inductees Year Player Sammy Giammalva 1984 1984 Frank Guernsey 1987 Art Foust Wilbur Hess 1988 1988 Ronnie Fisher Jack A. Turpin 1989 1992 Bobby Curtis
ITA/Arthur ashe award for leadership Year Player 1998 Efe Ustundag (South Central Region) 2003 Richard Baker (South Central Region) William Barker (South Central Region) 2004 2005 Robert Searle (South Central Region) ITA/Rafael osuna sportsmanship award Year Player 2003 William Barker (South Central Region) ITA/farnsworth senior player of the year Year Player 2004 William Barker (South Central Region) ITA rookie of the year Year Player 2001 Richard Barker (Region VI) 2003 Robert Searle (South Central Region) ITA player to watch Year Player 2003 Robert Searle (South Central Region) 2004 Robert Searle (South Central Region)
ita men’s collegiate tennis hall of fame inductees Year Player Frank Guernsey 1989 1989 Wilbur Hess 2005 Sammy Giammalva 2005 Mike Estep
ita honors national doubles team of the year Year Players Richard & William Barker (38-2) 2003 2004 Richard & William Barker (33-3) coach of the year Year Coach Ron Smarr (National & South Central Region) 2004 assistant coach of the year Year Coach Shaheen Ladhani (Region VI) 2001 2004 Shaheen Ladhani, 2004 (National & South Central Region) 44
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RICE OWLS CONFERENCE HONORS
SWC team champions 1958, 1959, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 • First SWC team championship awarded in 1948. SWC singles champions Year Player Jake Hess 1932 1935 Wilbur Hess Frank Guernsey 1938 1939 Frank Guernsey 1940 Frank Guernsey Jack R. Rodgers 1941 1947 Sam Match Bobby Curtis 1948 1949 Chick Harris 1958 Ronnie Fisher Ronnie Fisher 1959 1960 Paul Como Paul Como 1961 1963 Jim Parker 1965 Jim Parker Butch Seewagen 1967 1968 John Pickens Tico Carrero 1969 1970 Mike Estep 1971 Harold Solomon Larry Pearl (No. 4) 1988 1989 Ken Thome (No. 3) Steve Campbell (No. 4) 1990 1994 Nick Lorenzini (No. 5)
foust & fisher
SWC doubles champions Year Players Frank Guernsey & Dick Morris 1939 1940 Frank Guernsey & Bobby Curtis 1941 Jack R. Rodgers & Dick Morris 1942 Jack R. Rodgers & Roy Gladman Sam Match & Bobby Curtis 1947 1948 Bobby Curtis & Chick Harris 1950 Chick Harris & Jack A. Turpin 1958 Ronnie Fisher & Art Foust 1959 Ronnie Fisher & Art Foust Jim Parker & Fritz Schunck 1963 1965 Jim Parker & John Pickens 1966 Butch Seewagen & Chip Travis 1967 Butch Seewagen & Mike Hamilton 1968 Butch Seewagen & John Pickens Mike Estep & Jorge Berman 1970 1971 Harold Solomon & Zan Guerry 1986 Scott Melville & Andrew Taylor 1989 Larry Pearl & Ken Thome
All-SWc honors - singles Year Player 1980 Rocky Royer 1982 Tres Cushing Tres Cushing 1983 Scott Melville 1985 1986 Scott Melville 1988 Don Freeman 1991 Steve Campbell 1992 Steve Campbell 1993 Juan LaValle All-SWc honors - Doubles Year Players Tres Cushing & Don Tomasco 1983 Scott Melville & Andrew Taylor 1986 Larry Pearl & Ken Thome 1989 1991 Steve Campbell & Pascal Hos
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RICE OWLS CONFERENCE HONORS all-wac singles Year Player 1998 Efe Ustundag 1999 Efe Ustundag 2000 Matthias Mathaes 2001 Richard Barker Matthias Mathaes 2001 2002 William Barker 2002 Matthias Mathaes 2003 Richard Barker 2003 William Barker Robert Searle 2003 2004 Richard Barker 2004 William Barker 2004 Tony Haerle 2004 Robert Searle Ben Harknett 2005 2005 Tony Haerle 2005 Robert Searle
ustundag & stone
All-Wac Doubles Year Players 1999 Shane Stone & Efe Ustundag Richard & William Barker 2001 2002 Matthias Mathaes & Prakash Venkataraman Richard & William Barker 2003 2003 Tony Haerle & Robert Searle 2004 Richard & William Barker Ben Harknett & Robert Searle 2004 2005 Tony Haerle & Filip Zivojinovic wac player of the year Year Player 2003 Richard Barker 2005 Robert Searle wac freshman of the year Year Player 2001 Richard Barker 2003 Robert Searle wac coach of the year Year Coach 2003 Ron Smarr 2004 Ron Smarr
2007 2007 2007 2008 2008
all-conference usa doubles Year Players 2006 Tony Haerle & Robert Searle 2007 Ralph Knupfer & Tobias Scheil 2008 Ralph Knupfer & Christoph Müller giammalva award winners This award, named after former men’s tennis coach Sam Giammalva (1959-72), is given annually to the team MVP. During Giammalva’s tenure at Rice, he inaugurated the annual Rice Invitational Tournament and spearheaded construction of the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium. Giammalva is retired and lives in Houston. Year Player(s) 1977 Chris Mullen 1978 Rocky Royer Jay Evert 1979 1980 Jay Evert 1981 Rocky Royer Tres Cushing 1982 1983 Tres Cushing 1984 Don Tomasco, Jr. 1985 David Petty 1986 Scott Melville Ken Thome 1987 1988 Ken Thome Ken Thome 1989 1990 Steve Campbell & Larry Pearl 1991 Steve Campbell & Juan LaValle 1992 Steve Campbell 1993 Juan LaValle 1994 Jose Medrano 1995 Shaheen Ladhani 1996 Efe Ustundag Efe Ustundag 1997 1998 Efe Ustundag Efe Ustundag 1999 2000 Matthias Mathaes 2001 Richard Barker William Barker 2002 2003 William Barker 2004 Richard & William Barker 2005 Robert Searle 2006 Robert Searle 2007 Ben Harknett 2008 Bruno Rosa conference USA newcomer of the year Year Player 2008 Bruno Rosa conference USA OUTSTANDING DOUBLES TEAM OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP Year Player 2008 Ralph Knupfer & Christoph Müller
all-conference usa singles Year Player (Selection) 2006 Ralph Knupfer (First Team) 2006 Robert Searle (First Team) 2006 Ben Harknett (Second Team) 2006 Tony Haerle (Second Team) 46
Ben Harknett (First Team) Ralph Knupfer (First Team) Christoph Müller (First Team) Christoph Müller (First Team) Bruno Rosa (First Team)
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RICE OWLS ACADEMIC HONORS all-wac Academic team Year Players Naisohn Arfai & Alex Bain 1997 1998 Naisohn Arfai & Alex Bain 1999 Otmane Bennani-Smires, Fabien Giraud, Rafael Reyes & Prakash Venkataraman Fabien Giraud, Kevin Hargrove, Cody Jackson, 2000 Matthias Mathaes, Rafael Reyes & Prakash Venkataraman 2001 Fabien Giraud, Cody Jackson, Matthias Mathaes, Alexis Pourchet & Rafael Reyes 2002 William Barker, Fabien Giraud, Cody Jackson, Vuk Rajevac & Prakash Venkataraman 2003 Richard Barker, William Barker, Matthias Mathaes Takehiko Morita & Vuk Rajevac 2004 Richard Barker, William Barker, Tony Haerle & Vuk Rajevac 2005 Tony Haerle, Ben Harknett, Jason Mok, Roland Robb & Hoony Shin wac scholar athletes Year Players 1997 Naison Arfai, Alex Bain & Ben Pritchett 1998 Naisohn Arfai, Alex Bain, Darin Mast, Shane Stone & Efe Ustundag 1999 Otmane Bennani-Smires, Fabien Giraud, Kevin Hargrove Rafael Reyes, Shane Stone & Prakash Venkataraman 2000 Otmane Bennani-Smires, Fabien Giraud, Kevin Hargrove, Cody Jackson Matthias Mathaes, Alexis Pourchet, Rafael Reyes & Prakash Venkataraman Richard Barker, William Barker, Otmane Bennani-Smires, 2001 Fabien Giraud, Matthias Mathaes, Alexis Pourchet & Rafael Reyes Richard Barker, William Barker, Harding Brumby, Fabien Giraurd, 2002 Cody Jackson, Matthias Mathaes, Vuk Rajevac, Rafael Reyes, Roland Robb & Prakash Venkataraman 2003 Richard & William Barker, Harding Brumby, Tony Haerle, Matthias Mathaes, Takehiko Morita, Alex Navinkov, Vuk Rajevac & Roland Robb Richard Barker, William Barker, Harding Brumby, Rodrigo Gabriel, 2004 Tony Haerle, Takehiko Morita, Vuk Rajevac, Roland Robb & Robert Searle 2005 Tony Haerle, Ben Harknett, Jason Mok, Takehiko Morita, Roland Robb & Hoony Shin C-usa commissioner’s honor roll Year Players 2006 Rodrigo Gabriel, Jon Greenberg, Tony Haerle, Ben Harknett, Ralph Knupfer, Jason Mok, Roland Robb, Robert Searle & Hoony Shin 2007 Jon Greenberg, Ben Harknett, Ralph Knupfer, Christoph Müller Filip Paroci, Dennis Polyakov, Tobias Scheil & Hoony Shin Rice scholar athletes Year Player 1987 Rodney Burton 1988 Rodney Burton 1989 Charles Bratka 1990 Larry Pearl 1991 Raimundo Riojas 1992 Raimundo Riojas 1993 Jose Medrano 1994 Jose Medrano 1995 Justin Reizes 1996 Ben Pritchett 1997 Ben Pritchett 1998 Naisohn Arfai 1999 Kevin Hargrove 2000 Kevin Hargrove 2001 Rafael Reyes 2002 Rafael Reyes 2003 William Barker 2004 Richard & William Barker 2005 Tony Haerle 2006 Tony Haerle 2007 Ben Harknett
Dr. hubert e, bray scholar athlete award Year Player Ben Pritchett 1997 2001 & 2002 Rafael Reyes black issues in higher education sports scholar award Year Player 1994 Jose Medrano arthur ashe, jr. award Year Player 1994 Jose Medrano 1997 Naisohn Arfai summa cum laude Year Player 1996 Justin Reizes magna cum laude Year Player 2004 Richard & William Barker cum laude Year Player 1997 Ben Pritchett Rafael Reyes 2002 phi beta kappa Year Player 1996 Justin Reizes Gte/swc academic all-honor team Year Player 1988 Rodney Burton 1989 Larry Pearl Raimundo Rojas 1992 1993 & 1994 Jose Medrano Justin Reizes 1995 1996 Ben Pritchett cosida academic all-america Year Player (Team) 2003 Richard & William Barker (Third Team) 2004 Richard & William Barker (First Team) cosida academic all-district vi Year Player 1988, 1989 & 1990 Larry Pearl 2003 & 2004 Richard & William Barker
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RICE OWLS ALL-TIME LETTERWINNERS • AAA Chaim Abramowitz John Albert Brice Alexander Robert Allen Fred Alter Robert Anderson Naisohn Arfai
• 1971 1980-81-82-83 1974-75-76-77 1934 1933-34 1982-83 1995-96-97-98
• BBB • Alex Bain 1997-98 Richard Barker 2001-02-03-04 2001-02-03-04 William Barker Doug Bashrum 1960-61-62 Jamie Benefield 1990-91 1999-2000 Otmane Bennani-Smires Wayne Bennett 1954 1971-72-73 Jorge Berman Matthew Berry 1990-91-92-93 Frank Bertram 1963-64-65 Marion Boggs 1944-45 Alan Boss 1973-74-75 Bryant Bradley 1942-43 Chuck Bratka 1985-86, 1988-89 George Brown 1935 Harding Brumby 2002-03 Rod Burton 1986-87-88 • CCC • 1936-37-38 Max Campbell Steve Campbell 1989-90-91-92 Alberto “Tico” Carrero 1968-69-70-71 Alberto Carrero-Ortiz 1997 Winthroy Carter 1931-32 Bill Class 1943 Robert Collins 1996-98-99-00 Paul Como 1960-61 Quinn Connelly 1931-32-33 George Copple 1972 Alan Cummings 1966-67 Robert “Bobby” Curtis 1940, 1948-49 Charles “Tres” Cushing III 1980-81-82-83 • DDD • Willie Dann 1991-92-93-94 Dave Davies 1957-58 Cape DeWitt 1939 Alex Diego 1987, 1989 Robert Dopson 1958-59 Emory Douglass 1954 • EEE • Elliott Elfrink 1980 Jon Elsberry 1993-94-95-96 Mike Estep 1969-70-71-72 Gerald Evert Jr. 1978-79-80 • FFF • Wayne Faver 1989-90-91-92 Jason Felton 1997-98 William Fithian 1951-52-53 1959-60 Ron Fisher Bob Foley 1948-49-50-51 Art Foust 1959-60-61 48
M.D. Francis William Francis Don Freeman
1943 1935 1986-87-88-89
• GGG • Jose “Rodrigo” Gabriel 2003-04-05-06 Ryan Gately 1991-92-93-94 1999-2000-01-02 Fabien Giraud Ray Gladman 1942 Fredrik Gradin 1981-82-83-84 2005-06-07-08 Jon Greenberg DeEdward Greer 1961-62 1938-39-40 Frank Guernsey Zan Guerry 1969-70-71-72 Gilmore Gwin 1931 • HHH Tony Haerle Clayton Hall Joachim Hallstrom Michael Hamilton Ben Harknett Kevin Hargrove Charles H. Harris Robert T. Harris Jack Hayden Tom Henderson Jake Hess Wilbur Hess Thomas Heyek Justin Hogan Everett Holden Henry Holden Mark Holland Burt Hong Pascal Hos
• 2003-04-05-06 1998 1988 1968-69-70 2004-05-06-07 1997-98-99-00 1948-49-50-51 1949-50 1946 1930 1930-32 1933-34-35 1961 1991-92-93-94 1936-37-38 1931-32-33 1978-79-80-81 1993-94-95-96 1991-92-93-94
• JJJ • Cody Jackson 2000-01-02-03 Rico Jacober 1994-95-96-97 Sydney Jim 2002 Anders Johansson 1974-75-76-77 Franklin Jones 1936 Barry Josselson 1973-74-75 • KKK • 1998 Mahmoud Karim Peter Kisling 1952 Ralph Knupfer 2005-06-07-08 Mark Kriscunas 1985 Todd Kros 1986, 1988 • LLL • James LaRoe III 1983-84 Juan LaValle 1990-91-92-93 Shaheen Ladhani 1995-96 George Lederer 1936 Nick Lorenzini 1992-93-94-95 William Lorimer 1935-36 Joe Lucia 1938
• MMM Neal Marcus Darin Mast Leigh Masterson Sam Match Matthias Mathaes Mark Mazique Kenneth McCarthy Dale McCleary Max McDaniels Taber McGinley Jose Medrano Scott Melville Isaac Mendaq Dale Miller Keith Miller Mark Miller Amick Mitra Jason Mok Emilio Montano Takehiko Morita Dick Morris Lamar Morris Christopher Mullen Christoph Müller
• 1961, 1963 1995-96-97-98 1962 1947-48 2000-01-02-03 1989 1947 1964-65 1956 1980, 1982 1991-92-93-94 1985-86 1982-83 1954, 1956 1957 1982-83-84-85 1975-76-77 2004-05-06-07 1972-73-74 2002-03-04-05 1939-40-41 , 1984 1975-76-77-78 2006-07-08
• NNN • Otto Nachlas Sidney Nachlas Jon Nederveld
1934 1939, 1941 1990-91
• OOO • Robert Olberg Jerry Outlas
• PPP • Howard Park 1982, 1984 Jim Parker 1963-64-65 Filip Paroci 2007 Robert Paulsen Jr. 1977-78-79 Larry Pearl 1987-88-89-90 Gus Pellizi 1971-72-73 Nathan Persons 1976-77-78 David Petty 1984-85 John Phenecie 1944 Andrew Phillips 1994-95-96 John Pickens 1966-67 Dennis Polyakov 2007-08 2000-01 Alexis Pourchet Ben Pritchett 1994-95-96-97 • QQQ • Ramez Qamer 2000-01-02-03 • RRR • Vishnu Rajam 2008 Vuk Rajevac 2001-02-03-04 Dan Rastland 1978-79 Royce Ray 1984 Compton Rees 1952-53-54 Justin Reizes 1994-95 1999-2000-01-02 Rafael Reyes Raimundo Riojas 1989-90-91-92 Roland Robb 2003-04-05-06
2008-09 RICE MEN’S TENNIS
Tommy Roberts Robin Robertson Jack Rodgers Bruno Rosa John Rowe Rocky Royer Rollin Russell Thomas Ryall
1957-58-59 1953-54-55 1940-41-42 2008 1946 1978-79-80-81 1955 1937
• SSS • Chris Sankey 1994-95 Tim Schier 1987-88 1930 Charles Schwarz Robert Searle 2003-04-05-06 Harold Solomon 1972 2007-08 Tobias Scheil Fritz Schunk 1963-64, 1969 George “Butch” Seewagon 1967-68-69 Elliott Shapleigh 1973 Hoony Shin 2005-06-07-08 Marty Sieckmann 1984-85, 1987 Alexander “Sasha” Silver 1997-98-99 Richard Silverthorn 1974-75 Marlis Smith Jr. 1979-80-81-82 Jack Stayden 1943 Shane Stone 1995-96-98-99 • TTT • Patrick Taylor 1985-86-87-88 Kenneth Thome 1987-88-89-90 Don Tomasco 1981-82-83-84 Robert Travis 1965-66 Douglas Troy 1985 Jack Turpin 1950-51-52 Scott Turpin 1973-74-75-76 Edward Turville 1965-66-67
• UUU • 1996-97-98-99
• VVV • James Vanreusel Prakash Venkataraman Jesco von Heintze
1998 1999-00-02 1990-91
• WWW • Sean Wade Chong Wang William Walker Richard Wehr Bob Weisberg Rex White John Whiteford James Whitehurst Clayton D. Williams George Witte Frank Wolak
1987-88 2008 1943-44 1946 1970 1930 1976 1941-42 1956-57-58 1944 1977
• YYY • William Yang Roger Younger
• ZZZ • Filip Zivojinovic