South Carolina women's tennis has enjoyed one successful season after another since first fielding a varsity team in the 1973-74 academic year. In 39 seasons, the program's all-time record stands at 626-353, good for a 63.9 percent winning percentage. The Gamecocks enjoyed a great deal of success from 1979 to 1983, earning four top-10 final rankings and one 12th place finish. Carolina appeared in the quarterfinals of the inaugural NCAA Championship in 1982 and made the round of 16 the following year while finishing ranked No. 6 in the nation, still a school record. When Arlo Elkins took over the program in 1983, he earned the first of four consecutive Metro Conference titles in his second year in 1985. Elkins made his first NCAA team appearance in 1988 and then his second in 1990 when the team finished No. 14 in the country. Starting in 1995, Elkins began a run of 17 straight NCAA bids as head coach and it was extended to 18 in 2012 after he stepped aside as head coach mid-season. The 18 straight appearances is the 11th longest active streak in the nation. During the streak, South Carolina has won at least a round 16 times, reached the round of 16 three times (1995, 1999, 2009) and been to one quarterfinal (2009).