Men's Tennis Moves Up Eight Spots In Rankings
March 20, 2002
Memphis, Tenn. - The Memphis men's tennis team vaulted eight spots to 51st, the team's highest ranking of the year, in the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, released on Wednesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Memphis has won six matches in a row, including four over ranked teams, in the last two weeks.
This week's rankings mark the first computerized version of the poll, which switches each year in mid-March from a vote by a coach's panel to a computerized strength rating. The Tigers were voted 59th last week.
The Tigers do not have any individual players or doubles teams ranked nationally this week which shows, according to head coach Phil Chamberlain, that the Tigers' success this year has truly been a team effort.
"We've played very good team tennis," said Chamberlain, in his third season as head coach. "We've had different players step up when we have needed them to do so. One match, we might lose at 1 or 2, but win at 5 and 6, and the next match, we may do the opposite. The kids have played hard."
Memphis, which has faced seven teams currently ranked, in its 14 matches this season faces its toughest test of the season when they host 5th-ranked Ole Miss on Thursday. This will be the third top-30 team the Tigers have faced this season. Memphis lost early in the season to 13th-ranked Tennessee, 6-1, and suffered a narrow 4-3 loss to 29th-ranked Middle Tennessee. Their other two losses have been to ranked teams as well falling 5-2 to 37th-ranked Vanderbilt and 4-3 to 53rd-ranked East Tennessee.
In Conference USA play, Memphis has been dominating. The Tigers are 4-0 in C-USA action with two wins over 63rd-ranked Louisville and wins over Charlotte and Southern Mississippi as well.
Memphis enters Thursday's match with Ole Miss at 10-4 overall while the Rebels are 10-3.