June 8, 2010
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor's men's tennis team fared well in the final ITA rankings of the 2009-10 season that were released recently. Two singles players and three doubles tandems were listed in the rankings and as a team the Bears ended the season ranked No. 7.
Baylor, at 24-7 on the year, earned a spot in the final rankings among the nation's top eight teams for the ninth straight year and the top 10 for the 11th time in the last 12 years. Since 2003, the Bears have advanced to at least the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships and claimed the national championship in 2004, advanced to the finals in '05 and the semifinals in '06 and '07. The Bears' No. 7 ranking keeps BU as the top collegiate men's tennis program over the last nine years with an average ranking during that time of 4.89.
Individually, senior Denes Lukacs was in the singles rankings for a third straight year, while junior Jordan Rux made the singles list for the second consecutive season.
Lukacs was Baylor's highest ranked player, finishing the season at No. 15. On the year, Lukacs was 25-8 overall and 19-6 playing at No. 1 for the Bears in dual matches. He has ranked no lower than 22nd since the Feb. 18 poll. In addition, Lukacs earned All-American status in singles for a third straight time, which places him among former Baylor standouts Lars Poerschke, Benjamin Becker and Benedikt Dorsch as the only Bears to earn ITA All-America honors in singles three times.
Rux capped his junior campaign ranked No. 38. The Kerrville, Texas, native, was 31-15 on the season and 17-8 in dual match competition with all of his matches coming at the No. 2 spot in the Bears' lineup. Rux ranked as high as No. 11 in the January 5 poll and stayed inside the top 40 players all year long. Rux was also selected to be a part of the NCAA Championships' singles bracket.
In doubles Lukacs teamed with freshman Roberto Maytin to be listed as the 22nd-ranked duo, after going 15-8 on the year and 15-7 in dual match play. Lukacs is also ranked with sophomore Maros Horny for a second straight year as the tandem polled as the 58th best duo. The pair was only 6-3 on the year and 5-2 in dual match play. In the final listings Horny was also listed with Rux at No. 69. The two were 9-6 on the year, but only 4-5 in dual match play.
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