Brockhoff Gets 1,000th Win as Women's Tennis Beats GW
March 31, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - Xavier tennis head coach Jim Brockhoff became just the second NCAA-Division I coach in history to reach 1,000 wins as the women's team edged George Washington, 4-3, Friday evening in Philadelphia. Brockhoff is the only active coach with 1,000 victories and joins retired Hawaii coach Jim Schwitters in the exclusive club.
"It's a tremendous honor," said Brockhoff. "I'm very humbled by it, but I'm also very pleased and very proud. Our girls were in a tight match today and to get it like that was very exciting for me and our team."
The victory improves the Musketeers to 12-4 overall and 4-0 against Atlantic 10 opponents. XU plays Saturday in Philadelphia versus Temple.
Although Xavier won the doubles points by sweeping all three matches, the singles draw was a dogfight as the top three spots all went three sets. Jackie Vilines won the second set over Kendall Swenson in first singles, but could not hold on as she fell 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. Kara Courtney dropped her first set, but recovered to beat Madhuri Jha 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 in No. 2 singles. In No. 3 singles, Jill Ducro could not take advantage of her first set victory and fell to Mara Frish 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Xavier had a clean sweep of the doubles draw as Vilines and Courtney downed Swenson and Knoedler by an 8-6 count. Annie Diedalis teamed with Ducro to beat Frisch and Jha 8-4. Kate Lohner and Jeanette Feider rolled over Honig and Stecko 8-3
"It was strange," said Brockhoff. "It was tough to enjoy at first because were in such a competitive match with GW. But once I knew the match was in hand and it was winding down, a lot of thoughts and memories from my 45 years doing this started to come to mind. All the faces I've seen; all the players I've coached; all the cans of balls I've opened. It was pretty overwhelming to think about."
Brockhoff, whose record now stands at 1,000-573 in 45 years, has been inducted into both the Xavier Athletic Hall of Fame and the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association Hall of Fame. In 2004, Brockhoff and his wife were honored by a group of former players with the establishment of the Jim and Mary Brockhoff Tennis Scholarship at Xavier. The winning began for Brockhoff during his playing days at Xavier. A 1956 graduate and three-year letterman, he set the XU all-time record for highest winning percentage, a mark of 92 percent (46-4) over 50 matches. His success has continued through this decade as he led the women's team to a program best 21 wins in 2004.
"It's pretty historic," Brockhoff joked. "I reached 1,000 wins against a team named for the first President of the United States and it happened in Philadelphia - our nation's first capital. I guess I have a story to tell my grandkids now."
Xavier 4, George Washington 3