1941 Men's Tennis Team
Induction Year: 1999
Sport (s): Team

There have been only three DePauw athletic teams that can boast perfect seasons … the 1933 football team, the 1937 tennis team and the 1941 tennis team.  While the 1937 played eight matches, the 1941 squad defeated 14 straight opponents.  This was a team that defeated not only conference opponents, but also Big Ten and out-of-state Division I squads, such as, the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee.  Their season has been called the “most difficult schedule any DePauw athletic organization has ever played.” The only defeat came in the post-season state tournament, where the DePauw team placed second to a very strong Notre Dame squad.  The team’s number-one player, Orban Reich was undefeated.  Bob March lost only the opener against the University of Illinois on their home courts. Other members of the 1941 team were Fred Likely, John McNaughton, Robert Spear and Claude Winkler.  March, Reich and Souder survive.  The team’s captain, Paul Souder, as a sophomore in 1939, won the Indiana Collegiate Doubles championship against all colleges and universities in Indiana.  The teams were coached by Donovan C. “Tubby” Moffett, a 1922 DePauw graduate.