Tennis Team Moves Up to No. 3 in ITA Regional Rankings

Tennis Team Moves Up to No. 3 in ITA Regional Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released the second poll of the spring season Wednesday, and West Virginia Wesleyan has moved up four spots into the top three following last week's win over Chowan.

The Bobcats (3-4) come in at No. 3, behind No. 1 Bluefield State, which is also ranked nationally at No. 41, and Mountain East Conference rival Fairmont State at No. 2. The Fighting Falcons have reached their highest ranking since the poll began in 1983.

Chowan fell two spots to No. 4 after starting the month ranked No. 50 nationally. Wesleyan dropped the Hawks 6-3 during their spring break swing last week in North Carolina. Edinboro and MEC member West Liberty each fall a spot to fifth and sixth while Mercyhurst tumbles five spots to seventh.

The University of Charleston holds at eighth and is the fourth MEC team in the poll this week.

"The ranking is a nice gesture, but there are really seven teams that can stake a claim to those No. 2 and No. 3 spots," said head coach Marc Walters. "We needed a win, and that was an important one to get at the time we played it. As it turned out, it was worthy of some movement in the eyes of the committee."

The Bobcats continue to have several individuals ranked in singles and doubles this period. Lukas Laipold and Ramon Rodriguez cracked the top 10 at No. 9 and No. 10, while senior Nathan Sabate moves into the rankings at No. 17. Sabate and Ferran Berga are ranked ninth in the doubles, up one spot.

The 'Cats will return to the courts Saturday for a non-conference match with Davis and Elkins. The match will be played in Parkersburg at the Greenmont Tennis Club

Match time is 3:30 p.m.

Rank  School                  

1        Bluefield State               

2        Fairmont State               

3        West Virginia Wesleyan            

4        Chowan University          

5        Edinboro University                  

6        West Liberty University            

7        Mercyhurst University              

8        Univ. of Charleston         

9        West Chester                  

10      Shaw University