No. 21 Men's Tennis and No. 29 Women Make Huge Leaps In Latest ITA Rankings

Feb. 24, 2004

MALIBU, Calif. -- Pepperdine men's tennis head coach Adam Steinberg had a lot to smile about Tuesday afternoon when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its latest rankings.

First of all, his team jumped 11 spots and arrived at No. 21 today after big upsets in recent weeks including a win at then-No. 11 California. But even more impressive is the fact that two of his doubles teams rank in the Top 20 in the nation. The duo of Calle Hansen and Pedro Rico fell two spots from No. 9 to a respectable No. 11. However, Pepperdine's No. 2 undefeated and unranked tandem with Scott Doerner and Alexandre Herrera catapulated to the No. 16 position, with Doerner earning his first ever national ranking.

"I'm really happy with the progress our team has made this year and I'm especially proud that Scott and Alex earned a national ranking," Steinberg commented. "The two of them are playing with a lot of confidence and it's nice to see that their hard work is being noticed."

On the women's side, Pepperdine leaped from No. 43 two weeks ago and settled in at No. 29 in today's rankings.

The Illinois men and Stanford women remained at No. 1 in this week's edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rankings, released Tuesday by the ITA.

Illinois is the only men's team to hold its same position in the top 25 this week. Following the Fighting Illini (10-0), who are in the midst of a 42-match win streak, are (in order): Mississippi, Baylor, Florida, Virginia Commonwealth, (tie) Stanford and TCU, Rice, UCLA and LSU. Fifth-ranked VCU, No. 6 TCU, No. 8 Rice and No. 10 LSU are all newcomers to the top 10. Rice made the biggest move, jumping 15 spots after upsets victories over Stanford and California a week ago.

Baylor's Benedikt Dorsch moved to No. 1 in the new men's singles rankings. Previous No. 1 Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State is No. 2, followed by Alex Vlaski of Washington, Bo Hodge of Georgia and Tobias Clemens of UCLA in the top five.

Texas A&M's Lester Cook and Ante Matijevic remained at No. 1 in the men's doubles rankings.

The Stanford women (8-0) remained at No. 1 this week and Georgia and Florida also stayed tied for second. Following those three in the top 10 are: Washington, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, California and Northwestern. The No. 4 ranking for Washington is the highest in program history. Cal dropped five spots to No. 9 after falling to then-No. 21 Fresno State 4-2 on Sunday. Fresno's move to No. 14 is the largest in the women's top 25 this week.

Georgia's Agata Cioroch remained at No. 1 in the women's singles rankings. She is followed in the top five by: Raquel Kops-Jones of California, Cristelle Grier of Northwestern, Anda Perianu of Oklahoma and Alexis Gordon of Florida.

Stanford's Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette moved to No. 1 in the doubles rankings; a spot they last held in September.

ITA Rankings
Men's Top 25
1. Illinois
2. Mississippi
3. Baylor
4. Florida
5. Va. Commonwealth
6. Stanford (tie) TCU
8. Rice
10. LSU
11. Texas A&M
12. Ohio State
13. Southern California
14. Kentucky
15. Duke
16. Harvard
17. Texas
18. Washington
19. Oklahoma State
20. California
21. Pepperdine
22. South Carolina
23. Arizona State
24. Georgia
25. Vanderbilt



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