Jan. 9, 2007
WACO, Texas -
For the fourth time in the past five years, Baylor's men's tennis team enters the spring season ranked No. 3 or better nationally. In the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Fila/ITA rankings that were published today, the Bears are ranked No. 2 going into the 2007 season. The ITA also issued individual polls including the nation's top 100 singles players and top 50 doubles teams. Four Bears appear in the singles rankings and one doubles team made the list.
This marks the second time the Bears have begun the season ranked No. 2, they also achieved the mark in 2004. Their highest initial ranking, No. 1, came at the beginning of the 2005 season, the year after claiming the NCAA national championship.
Baylor rankings in initial poll past five seasons:
2003 - No. 3
2004 - No. 2
2005 - No. 1
2006 - No. 7
2007 - No. 2
Senior Michal Kokta tops the charts for Baylor at No. 17. He is followed by freshman Dominik Mueller at No. 53, junior Lars Poerschke at No. 56 and No. 66 Denes Lukacs, a freshman.
The doubles tandem of sophomores David Galic and Matt Brown are tied with 15 other doubles duos at No. 44.
Baylor is 1-0 on the season after a victory over the University of Hawai'i last Saturday at Honolulu. Two tournaments, the Sherwood Classic and Rice Tournament, are next on the schedule for the Bears. Baylor will make its first home appearance on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. when they host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Live scoring will be available for all home matches this spring at www.baylorbears.com.
For full ITA rankings, visit www.itatennis.com.
FILA/ITA MEN"S RANKINGS
Jan. 9, 2007
1. Georgia (33 first place votes)
3. Ohio State
4. UCLA (1 first place vote)