The Tennessee men's tennis team continued its climb in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national team rankings, jumping four spots to No. 17 in Tuesday's updated poll.
The Volunteers (10-5, 3-3 SEC) had not been ranked in the top 20 since Feb. 5, 2003.
Tennessee's rise in the poll is due mostly in part to a 5-2 upset win over then-No. 9-ranked Florida last Sunday. With the loss, the Gators slipped to No. 13, marking the first time all season that they have not been ranked in the top 10.
Undefeated defending national champion Illinois held on to the top spot in the rankings. The Fighting Illini are followed in the top 10 by Baylor, Ole Miss, Southern Cal, UCLA, Duke, Rice, Virginia Commonwealth, Stanford and Georgia, respectively.
The Southeastern Conference placed eight teams in the top 25, and all 12 SEC squads are ranked in the top 60. No other conference can boast such a presence in the rankings.
Tennessee plays host to a pair of top-25 teams this weekend, as No. 20-ranked Vanderbilt, the 2003 NCAA runner-up, makes the trek East on Interstate Highway 40 for a 5 p.m. match on Friday, and No. 22-ranked Kentucky visits Knoxville for a 1 p.m. dual match on Sunday.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today that Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt has been selected as the 2004 Naismith College Basketball Coach of the Year.
This season, the Lady Vols collected their seventh consecutive regular-season SEC title with a 14-0 conference record. They are 29-3 entering Elite Eight play. Of the top men's and women's NCAA Champion title holders, Summitt's teams have played in and claimed the most NCAA tournament victories, winning 83 of 99 contests.
Summitt is the first woman to join the 800 Win Club ranked third after Dean Smith and Adolph Rupp (2003). In addition, her 800 wins were compiled faster than any other coach, ever. Summitt is active in her community as a spokesperson for the United Way, The Race for the Cure, and Juvenile Diabetes, among many others.
Vol netters climb rankings
Published: Wed Mar 31, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 06:00 p.m.