Men's Tennis Joins Women In Top-20
March 10, 2010
For the first time since 2005, both Washington men's and women's tennis teams are ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top-20 at the same time. Both teams moved up to new season-highs this week, with the UW men jumping up to 18th and the women climbing to 16th in the national polls.
The last time both Husky squads were in the Top-20 simultaneously was April of 2005 when the women were 19th and the men were 13th.
The Husky men are off to a 13-1 start, matching the second-best start in head coach Matt Anger's sixteen seasons with the program. One more win would equal the best record through fifteen matches in the program's 102 year history. After starting the season ranked 26th, the men have steadily moved up to 18th, their highest ranking since March of 2007.
The women's team improved in the polls once again despite suffering its second loss of the season in its last match to drop to 9-2. The Huskies played Arizona State without seventh-ranked sophomore Denise Dy, out with a foot ailment, and lost 5-2. However, they received a rankings boost due in large part to South Carolina scoring a big upset to jump up to 20th in the rankings. Washington defeated South Carolina, 4-3, back in January, a win that is now paying off in the computerized ranking system.
The men will be in action this Friday against Eastern Washington in the first home outdoor match of the season. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Quillian Courts. The Husky women are on a two week break and return to Pac-10 play in late March.