Nedunchezhiyan Makes Huge Jump In ITA Rankings
Feb. 19, 2009
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Men's tennis sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan rocketed up to a career-high No. 31 singles ranking with the announcement of the new Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll today.
Nedunchezhiyan's previous career-high was 74th back in the fall of 2008, but he dropped from the ITA's rankings at the start of the dual season. However, the Chennai, India native has gone 7-1 in singles matches thus far, and moved up to the No. 1 singles spot. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 2 and defeated Top-50 players in each of his past three matches to jump up the national list.
Nedunchezhiyan becomes the eighth Husky singles player to crack the Top-40, seven of whom have played for 15th-year head coach Matt Anger.
Interestingly, Neduncezhiyan and senior Patrik Fischer also picked up a No. 41 doubles ranking in the new poll, despite the fact that the two have not played together since the fall, when they went 6-2.
As a team the Huskies remain at No. 41, with home matches against Oregon on Friday and 42nd-ranked Fresno State on Sunday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. In the FSU match, Nedunchezhiyan could possibly face 33rd-ranked Bulldog Rudolf Siwy in the No. 1 singles match.