The first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship at the University of Southern California, Barbara Hallquist DeGroot (b. 1957) helped to pioneer a championship legacy for Trojan women’s tennis. Hallquist began tennis lessons at age 10 in Arcadia, California, and with support from the Pasadena Foothill Tennis Patrons she became a top junior player, winning two national titles and receiving the USTA Girls’ Sportsmanship Trophy in 1975. At USC, under the guidance of Coach David Borelli, she captured the national collegiate singles title in both 1976 and 1977, and played on four national championship teams.

Turning pro after graduating with honors from USC, Hallquist employed her formidable serve-and-volley game to reach the singles quarterfinals at the U.S. Open in 1980, also making two doubles quarterfinal appearances. She returned to USC from 1985 to 1988 to work with David Borelli as assistant women’s coach, celebrating a national championship title with the 1985 team. Active as a youth sports coach, volunteer and mother, she now serves as varsity tennis coach at Cate School in California.

Career Highlights

  • California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Singles Finalist 1973; Champion 1974, 1975
  • Girls 18 Southern California Junior Sectional Champion 1974; Member of Intersectional Championship Teams 1974, 1975; Maze Cup participant
  • Girls 18 National Grass Court Singles Finalist; Doubles Champion 1974
  • Girls 18 National Hard Court Doubles Champion 1974
  • USTA Girls’ Sportsmanship Trophy Award 1975
  • First Female to Receive a Full Athletic Scholarship at USC 1975
  • USTA Collegiate Singles Champion 1976, 1977
  • AIAW Collegiate Singles Runner-Up 1977; Doubles Runner-Up 1977, 1979
  • Member of four USC National Championship Teams: USTA 1977, 1978; AIAW 1977, 1979
  • Four-time All-American 1976–79
  • Outstanding Female Senior Student- Athlete 1979
  • Winner of the USC Post Graduate Scholarship Award 1979
  • 21 and Under National Singles Champion 1976
  • National Amateur Grass Court Doubles Champion 1976
  • National Amateur Indoor Singles Champion 1977
  • National Amateur Clay Court Doubles Champion 1977
  • National Amateur Indoor Doubles Champion 1978
  • Member, Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy Team 1976, 1977, 1978
  • Member, U.S. Junior Federation Cup Team 1976, 1977 (MVP), 1978
  • B.A., USC (with honors) 1979
  • U.S. Open Singles Quarterfinalist 1980
  • U.S. Open Doubles Quarterfinalist 1979, 1980
  • New South Wales Open Doubles Champion 1979
  • Member of the Los Angeles Strings, World Team Tennis 1983
  • Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach, USC, 1985–88; 1985 NCAA team champions
  • Girls Varsity Tennis Coach, Cate School, Carpinteria, California, 2008–present; league champions 2008–09