The Southwestern womens golf team one-upped itself at the 2008 NCAA Division National Championship, placing third in the country after a fourth-place finish in 2007.
Sophomore Kristen Davenport was the Pirates top-finisher, tying for 19th overall with a 314 (76-84-77-77). Two strokes behind Davenport was junior Marisa Mauldin who fired a 316 (76-78-81-81) to tie for 21st. Next for SU was Delilah Dominguez, a junior, in a 27th-place tie with a four-round tally of 319 (79-82-79-79). Sophomore Cody Wallace finished tied for 37th with a final total of 323 (87-76-76-84). Victoria Dominguez, a first-year, tied for 80th with a 336 (78-84-81-94).
As a team, the Pirates shot a 1263 (309-320-313-321), finished five strokes behind second place DePauw University and 44 strokes behind champion Methodist University.
Southwestern piled up the honors in the spring sports for 2008 with All-American and All-Region selections. Three womens golf team members received All-American honors as Marisa Mauldin was named First Team, Kristen Davenport Second Team and Delilah Dominguez Third Team. Mauldin and Davenport also earned All-Region honors. Head coach Dan Ruyle was selected as the Region Coach of the Year. Also, Mauldin was named SCAC Golfer of the Year for the second consecutive year and Davenport was a First Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District selection.
Senior Chris Norris became the first Southwestern track & field athlete to earn SCAC Track & Field Athlete of the Year honors as he won three individual conference championships (100 meters, 200 meters, long jump) and two relay championships (4x100 meter relay, 4x400 meter relay). Baseball player Richard Falcone was a Third Team All-West Region honoree for the Pirates for his senior season.
1981 volleyball team
On April 12, the Southwestern Athletic Department held its Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor Induction ceremony for three new Hall of Fame members, the first team ever inducted in to the Athletic Hall of Fame and three new Hall of Honor members.
The Hall of Fame inductees include Dwight L. Haley 64, a former baseball player and track & field runner. Kimberly Long Harmer 92, a three-time All-American volleyball player. Marvin D. Henderson, Sr. 41, a tennis player at SU and since 1981 has held 36 USTA National Rankings. The first team inducted in to the Hall of Fame was the 1981 volleyball team that posted a 45-11 record and finished second in the nation at the NAIA National Championship. New Hall of Honor members were former mens basketball player Aaron Bowser 06 and former mens golfers Christopher Paiz 07 and Matthew Espinosa 06.
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Flabbergasted, completely surprisedI never dreamed of it, were the only things Marvin Henderson 41 had to say after witnessing the unveiling of the banner naming the Southwestern tennis courts after him. He simply couldnt believe that his son, Marvin Jr., would give him such recognition through a major gift to Southwestern. I knew about getting into the Athletics Hall of Fame, but this was just an added surprise, he says.
The love of tennis runs deep in Hendersons family: his wife, Ouida Waddell Henderson 49, is Marvin Sr.s biggest fan, and both of their children, Marvin Jr. and Joyce Ann, are accomplished players.
Henderson began his tennis career at Georgetown High School and continued playing while he attended Southwestern. He was a four-year member of Southwesterns varsity tennis team, lettering his last two years. At that time, tennis at Southwestern wasnt the top-notch program in place now: practice was irregular and the University couldnt afford to furnish equipment. Henderson took it upon himself to help get everyone together for tournaments and competitions.
After graduating from Southwestern, Henderson joined the U.S. Navy and served during WWII and the Korean War. After his service in the military, he returned home to Georgetown, joined the reserves and held jobs in the life insurance business and with Texaco, where his father had worked.
After he retired, Henderson refocused his energies on competitive tennis. On the Texas Tennis Circuit, he has held 36 state rankings, including 12 rankings at #1 and 10 at #2. Since 1981, Henderson has earned more than 36 USTA National Rankings, including four rankings at #2 in the nation for his age group. He has won at least five Gold Balls (USTA National Champion) and at least 12 Silver Balls (USTA Runner-Up). Most recently, Henderson won the 2008 Vancouver National Indoor Championship.
Playing extensively on the USTA Senior Tour, Henderson has racked up as many awards as memories, which include competing against tennis legends such as Bobby Riggs and Bob Sherman.
Bob makes you feel like you are a good player, up until he beats you, Henderson says. But while some might consider the two rivals, they are in fact good friends because they see each other so much on the USTA Senior Tour. Thats what makes the Tour special, because you play against all the same people so much that you grow to become friends. It feels more like a family than anything else, Henderson says.
Although Henderson has been successful throughout much of his tennis career, he says he really didnt come alive and break loose until he hit 85. He always tells his competitors, friends and family, I was just a late bloomer.
Since playing for the Pirates, Henderson has truly served as an ambassador for the ideals of intercollegiate athletics and the high standards of Southwestern. In April, he was inducted into Southwesterns Athletics Hall of Fame.
You can find Henderson playing on the Southwestern tennis courts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at dawn with his buddy Joe Montgomery, and occasionally with his friend Reggie Smith on Thursday and Saturday afternoons. He attributes much of his success to these practices with friends and family. Practice is what does it, as well as playing in tournaments, he says. And Henderson doesnt plan to slow down any time soon. Im going to keep playing tennis and tournaments for as long as I can, he says.