TEXAS-ARLINGTON TENNIS PLAYERS EARN REGIONAL RANKINGS
Dec. 8, 2003
ARLINGTON, Texas...After finishing one of the most successful fall seasons in Texas-Arlington tennis history, freshman Monika Peciulionyte was ranked No. 4 in the Southwest Region in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Marketa Cizova, Daniela Novakova and Simri van Rooyen also earned regional rankings for the women's squad while David Corrie was the lone Maverick named in the list.
"We are very exicted to have been awarded for our success this fall," said head coach Chrisitan Wassmer. "This is the first time in school history that on the women's side we have three players regionally ranked in singles and two doubles teams."
Peciulionyte earned the highest regional ranking in UTA women's tennis history after being tabbed No. 4, and is on track to have the highest national ranking in school history when those are released on January 13. The freshman finished the fall season with an 11-1 record, her only loss coming at the hands of then No. 18 Maja Mlakar of Arizona. Peciulionyte paired with Simri van Rooyen for a No. 7 ranking in doubles action. The tandem finished the fall season with a 6-1 mark.
Cizova and Novakova rounded out the rankings for the Lady Mavs. Cizova, the 2002 Southland Conference Player of the Year, closed out the fall with a 6-4 record to earn the No. 22 spot in the Southwest Region. Novakova was close behind in a tie for No. 28 with Texas A&M's Anna Lubinsky after putting together a 10-5 record. Cizova and Novakova, tabbed No. 4, teamed up to go 11-4 in doubles play, including a win over then No. 34 Bercik/Ramirez of Auburn.
Corrie was tagged No. 6 in the South Central men's rankings after finishing the fall season with a 16-3 mark. The senior closed out the fall by winning 12 of his last 13 matches.
The Mavericks will kick off the spring season on January 24 when they head to Austin to face the Texas Longhorns while the Lady Mavs will wait a week before facing the University of Houston on February 7.