The 1988 Men's Tennis Team
Washington and Lee's 1988 men's tennis national championship team was the first team to be inducted into the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame. The Generals compiled a record of 16-8 and defeated UC-Santa Cruz 5-4 to win the school's first NCAA Division III championship.
Playing one of the nation's toughest schedules, W&L lost only once all season against Division III competition, and defeated a number of Division I teams, including James Madison and Virginia Tech. W&L downed Emory and Swarthmore in the NCAA tournament before rallying for a dramatic win over UC-Santa Cruz in the championship match. W&L trailed 4-2 after singles, but then won all three doubles matches, including two matches in three sets, for the victory.
Head coach Gary Franke helped lead the team to the title after runner-up finishes in 1986 and 1987. Senior co-captains David McLeod '88 and Chris Wiman '88 were two of the five All-Americans on the team that year and two other players later earned All-America honors in their careers.
The members of the team were Chris Berdy '91, Jeff Burton '89, Robert Haley '89, Reid Manley '91, Bobby Matthews '89, '94L, John McDonough '90, McLeod, Bill Meadows '91, John Morris '90, Matt Ormiston '90, John Sutterlin '90, Tucker Walsh '91, Ray Welder '91 and Wiman.