Jan. 26, 2004

ARLINGTON, Texas - The University of Texas at Arlington women's tennis team earned a spot among the nation's top teams according to the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings. The Lady Mavericks, who have qualified for the NCAA tournament in three of the last five years, will open the year ranked No. 75.

The UTA women sit in a tie for No. 75 with Auburn, Denver, Indiana, Maryland, Rice and UC-Santa Barbara.

"Being ranked No.75 in the preseason ranking shows that we have earned respect in the fall, but our goals are certainly set higher this season," said head coach Christian Wassmer.

Two Lady Maverick doubles teams and one sinlges player were named in the rankings. After closing out the fall season with a 15-2 mark, freshman Monika Peciulionyte was the lone UTA woman to earn a spot in the Top 50, being tabbed No. 46 in the nation. Peciulionyte's ranking is the highest in school history. Senior Marketa Cizova paired with freshman Daniela Novakova was the Lady Mavericks highest ranked doubles team at No. 40, while the tandem of Peciulionyte and Simri van Rooyen sit with eight other teams in a tie for No. 49.

Senior David Corrie was the lone men's player to earn a spot in the rankings. Corrie was pegged No. 21 after finishing the fall season with a 16-3 mark.

The Lady Mavericks will kick off the 2004 season at Houston on February 7, while the men's squad opened on Saturday with a 6-1 loss to No. 13 Texas. The Mavericks return to action Jan. 30 at the Columbia Invitational in New York.




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