Patriots Abound in Preseason Tennis Rankings

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

SKILLMAN, N.J. – Both of The University of Texas at Tyler tennis teams were featured prominently in the preseason edition of the 2009-2010 Campbell's/Intercollegiate Tennis Association NCAA Division III National and Regional rankings, that were recently released by the ITA.

Both teams will begin their 2010 spring seasons ranked nationally, with the men coming in at 22nd and the women tying for 30th with Rhodes.

The two Patriot squads were the only representatives from the American Southwest Conference to be named to either national poll.

Regionally, both teams came in at fifth in the West Region, which features five Top 30 women’s teams and eight Top 30 men’s teams.

Individually, UT Tyler was also well represented in both the national and regional rankings by placing a total of eight Patriots in the singles and doubles rankings.

Fresh off of their ITA Southwest Regional win and Small College National Championship appearance, seniors Brad Fenter (Vernon, Texas) and Nick Kreines (Houston, Texas) came in at ninth in the national doubles poll and at second in the regional poll.

However, Fenter and Kreines were not the only UT Tyler doubles pair to be regionally ranked as senior David Ashlock (Arlington, Texas) and sophomore Andrew Reznik (Southlake, Texas) followed their teammates in ninth place.

The UT Tyler women were also represented in their regional doubles poll by junior Michelle Hagler (Austin, Texas) and sophomore Lauren Nielsen (Spring, Texas), who were ranked 13th.

In the individual regional rankings, the Patriots placed two men and two women on the polls to lead the ASC with a total of four ranked players.

Ashlock and sophomore Adam Chirhart (Austin, Texas) came in at 18th and 20th, respectively, in the men’s poll, while Hagler came in at 14th in the women’s poll, followed by junior Lauren Giovannini (Dallas, Texas) in 19th.

Both UT Tyler tennis teams will kick-off their respective spring seasons on Feb. 19 at home at the Summers Tennis Center against ASC West rival Howard Payne. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.