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Texas A&M is No. 9 in ITA Final Team Rankings

May 27, 2014
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team is No. 9 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings, released today. It marks the second consecutive year and the second time in program history the Aggies have finished in the top 10, including last year’s record-setting No. 3 final ranking following A&M’s first-ever NCAA Championship runner-up finish.

Under the direction of third-year head coach Howard Joffe and associate head coach Mark Weaver, the Aggies went 21-7 overall in 2014, including 14-7 against ranked opponents. It marks the second consecutive year and the eighth time overall A&M has posted 20 or more victories in a season.

The Aggies made a 15th consecutive and 20th overall appearance in the NCAA tournament and were seeded No. 10 in the 64-team field. They advanced to the NCAA Championship round of 16 for the second consecutive year and the third time in program history before falling to eventual runner-up North Carolina, which fell to UCLA in the national championship match and placed No. 3 in the final ranking.

The Southeastern Conference placed five teams in the final Top 25: Georgia (4), Florida (5), Alabama (6), Texas A&M (9) and Vanderbilt (11). South Carolina, Auburn, Ole Miss and Kentucky occupy the Nos. 26-29 spots, respectively.

The Aggie men’s team is No. 10 in the final rankings, and A&M joins Georgia, North Carolina, UCLA and Virginia as the only teams in the nation to have both their men’s and women’s tennis programs in the top 10 in the final rankings.

The ITA singles and doubles rankings will be released June 4, along with the final regional rankings.

Below is the ITA’s list of the 30 top-ranked teams:

Rank    Avg      School  Previous Week

1.         81.8     UCLA   3
2.         78.73   Duke University           5
3.         77.27   North Carolina            7
4.         74.35   University of Georgia  1
5.         72.65   University of Florida   8
6.         72.5     University of Alabama            2
7.         71.14   University of Virginia  4
8.         69.64   Stanford          11
9.         66.83   Texas A&M University            9
10.       64.28   California        6
11.       64.16   Vanderbilt University  10
12.       63.17   University of Miami (Florida) 12
13.       58.46   Clemson University     14
14.       58.04   Baylor University        13
15        53.44   Northwestern University         16
16.       52.5     University of Southern California       15
17.       47.69   University of Michigan           17
18.       35.59   Georgia Tech  19
19.       34.09   University of Notre Dame       28
20.       33.58   University of Oklahoma          18
21.       32.49   Oklahoma State University     22
22.       31.9     University of Texas at Austin  23
23        31.49   Rice University            20
24        28.84   Pepperdine      24
25.       28.41   University of Tulsa      21
26        28.26   University of South Carolina   30
27        27.57   Auburn University       29
28        24.99   University of Mississippi         36
29.       24.7     University of Kentucky            32
30.       24.56   Texas Tech University 26

For the complete final team rankings, go to itatennis.com.

Visit AggieAthletics.com for more information on Texas A&M women’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieWomensTennis.

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