COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M men’s tennis team climbed two spots to No. 23 nationally in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division I Team Rankings released on Friday.
It marked the seventh time in the last eight years that the A&M men finished among the nation’s top 25. The Aggies were ranked in the top 25 for 15-straight weeks during the spring season achieving their highest national ranking of No. 19 on March 4 and March 18.
Led by second-year head coach Steve Denton, the Aggies made their 15th-straight NCAA Team Championship appearance while posting a 13-12 overall record with one of the nation’s toughest schedules which included victories over Duke, Clemson, Boise State, Washington, TCU, Old Dominion, Wake Forest, Indiana, Louisville, Texas Tech and SMU. In fact, all but five opponents on A&M’s 2008 slate participated in the NCAA Tournament.
A&M also posted an impressive 10-3 mark (.769) at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center and averaged 522 fans per match which ranked third-best in the nation in average attendance behind Virginia (599) and Illinois (550). The Aggies also finished second nationally in overall attendance with a total of 6,781 fans over the course of 13 home matches played in College Station.
Two-time All-Big 12 Conference standout Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) is one of A&M’s four top singles players who return to the lineup next season along with 2008 Big 12 Freshman and Newcomer of the Year Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.), Wil Spencer (Ponce de Leon, Fla.) and Chris Chirico (Philadelphia, Pa.).