TEXAS-ARLINGTON TENNIS TEAMS ACHIEVE NATIONAL RANKINGS
April 2, 2003
ARLINGTON, Texas...The University of Texas at Arlington's women's and men's teams each hopped into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's national rankings this week, and one men's player is ranked among the nation's top singles players.
The women's team enters the ITA Rankings, based on computer calculations, at No. 67. The Mavericks are the highest ranked team in the Southland Conference, three notches ahead of Texas-San Antonio. UTA and UTSA are the only SLC teams to appear in the rankings. The women's team owns a 9-5 overall record and has won eight of their last nine matches. UTA is 6-0 in the SLC and has won 46 consecutive SLC regular season matches. The ladies play this Friday, April 4 at 10 a.m. against Rice at 10 a.m.
The men's team (10-5 overall, 5-0 SLC) is ranked 71st in the nation this week, and is the only team in the SLC to achieve a national ranking. Last Sunday, UTA clinched its second straight SLC regular season championship with a 5-2 win over Texas-Pan American, a member of the SLC in men's tennis only. The Mavericks finished the SLC regular season undefeated in five conference matches. The SLC fields six men's tennis teams. The championship is the sixth regular season title in nine years for UTA. UT-Arlington's next men's tennis match is scheduled for April 11 at Wichita State. The next scheduled home match is April 15 vs. Texas Tech.
Also, UTA junior David Corrie is the nation's 108th ranked singles player on the men's side. Corrie, a London, England native, is 12-10 overall this year, with four of those losses coming to higher ranked opponents. On March 21, he defeated then No. 39 Oscar Chow of Columbia 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. After losing his first six singles matches of the 2002-03 year, Corrie has won 12 of his last 16 matches.
Both teams will host the Southland Conference Championships April 25-27 at the UTA Tennis Center in Arlington.