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1963 Undefeated Men's Tennis Team
 
1963 Undefeated  Men's Tennis Team

Position:
Tennis

Inducted:
2016

The "Golden Greyhounds" representatives of the 2016 Hall of Fame class, the 1963 Loyola men's tennis team is still the only squad in program history to finish a season with an undefeated record.

Coach Vincent Colimore's Greyhounds won all 15 matches they played that spring, including the Mason-Dixon Conference title match against Hampden-Sydney, a tightly-contested 5-4 victory that avenged a loss to the same Tigers team in the previous year's conference championship match. Five of Loyola's wins in 1963 came by that same 5-4 score.

Tennis may be an individual sport, but college tennis is not. With a total of nine matches (six singles and three doubles) comprising each team match, having one or two great players rarely leads to wins. The 1963 team was hardly that way. In 2013, Malko told Loyola magazine that "the players really respected each other, and in the close matches, different people on the team stepped up to win. It wasn't just relying on three or four people to win all the time. The 15-and-0 was a team thing."

Seniors Dan Michaelis, Jim Mohler and Barry Tillman, juniors Lou Albert and Alex Cummings, sophomores Dennis Keating and Rusty Tontz, and freshmen Bob Malko and Gary Klein were a balanced group of local athletes from both public and Catholic schools in the Baltimore area. And Colimore wasn't just the tennis coach; he also taught foreign languages and educational psychology at Loyola.

The conference championship match against Hampden-Sydney came down to the final doubles match of the day. With the score tied at four matches apiece, Cummings and Michaelis lost the first set of their match 6-0. They would rally, however, winning a close second set before dominating 6-1 in the third to give Loyola the victory.

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