Rice University Owls tennis players Tracie Blumentritt and Susan Rudd
Black and white photograph of Rice University Owls tennis players Tracie Blumentritt and Susan Rudd into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame, accompanied by text headlining their achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. They are standing side by side, each holding a tennis racquet. Caption reads: When TRACIE BLUMENTRITT came to Rice in 1979, she was already the top-ranked player in Texas and was ranked 44th nationally. Similarly, SUSAN RUDD came to Rice in 1980 ranked 70th nationally. They both quickly established themselves as two of the all-time greats in Rice women’s tennis. First paired in the fall of 1980, Blumentritt and Rudd posted a 22-4 spring record in 1982 and received an at-large bid to the AIAW’s southwest regional tournament. Unseeded, Rudd and Blumentritt drew the top-seeded team of Zacharias/Wagner from Arkansas. With a win, the Rice women advanced and in the next round quickly dispatched Texas’ McKeen/Johansen. Blumentritt and Rudd then had to face TCU’s Nelson/Hill, to whom they had fallen three times that season. In this meeting, though, the Rice duo were triumphant, claiming the regional title. At the national tournament, Rudd and Blumentritt were seeded second in the 16-team field. The tandem quickly advanced to the second round, where they again faced the Longhorn’s McKeen/Johansen. Once again, the Owls were victorious and advanced to the semifinals. There, they were challenged by Alabama’s Denton/Steyn, but held on to win. In the finals, the Rice women defeated California’s Breed/Grummel to earn the 1982 AIAW national doubles crown and receive all-America honors. At the conclusion of their partnership in the spring of 1983, Rudd and Blumentritt had recorded an 84-30 doubles ledger, winning 73.6 percent of their matches. In 1983, her senior year, Blumentritt received all-Southwest Conference honors in singles play. She also finished her career ranked 27th nationally in singles by the ITA. Blumentritt compiled a 123-36 mark in singles, becoming the first Owl to eclipse 100 wins. She was honored three times with the Kay Pearson Keating Award, given annually to Rice’s outstanding female tennis player. As a senior in 1984, Rudd was teamed with Wendy Wood, a pairing that produced the Owls’ first Southwest Conference doubles title. During her tenure at Rice, Rudd recorded a 108-52 singles mark and a 114-43 doubles mark. Rudd was the first Owl to officially record over 100 singles and 100 doubles victories during her Rice career.
Rice Athletic Hall of Fame (poor quality original image)
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