June 10, 2011
Baylor's men's tennis team is well represented in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) final rankings, six singles players and two doubles teams were on the recently released list.
The Bears had a season-high six players in the singles rankings, led by senior John Peers at No. 21. Also ranked were senior Sergio Ramirez (69th), sophomore Roberto Maytin (93rd), junior Kike Grangeiro (101st), freshman Dennis Lengsfeld (109th) and senior Jordan Rux (123rd). It marked the first time since the 2003 season that Baylor had six players listed in the final ITA singles rankings.
The All-American doubles team of Peers and Maytin finished at No. 5 after losing to the eventual national champions in the quarterfinals, while Rux and Ramirez were ranked 57th. Peers and Maytin matched the program's highest doubles final ranking, Benedikt Dorsch and Matija Zgaga also finished at No. 5 in 2005.
In addition, the team finished No. 6 in the final ITA rankings of the 2011 season that were released recently. The Bears achieved the highest final team ranking since 2007 when the squad was listed at No. 4.
Baylor, at 22-5 on the year, earned a spot in the final rankings among the nation's top eight teams for the 10th straight year and the top 10 for the 12th time in the last 13 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. 6 ranking keeps BU as the top collegiate men's tennis program over the last 10 years with an average ranking during that time of 5.0.