Deacons Jump to No. 22 in ITA Rankings
Feb. 26, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's tennis team jumped in the top 25 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings for the first time this season, coming in at No. 22 this week.
The Demon Deacons are back in the top 25 for the first time since February of 2011. They join No. 1 Virginia, No. 4 Duke and No. 18 Clemson as the ACC's top 25 representatives.
Wake Forest holds a 9-2 record, which includes four wins over teams currently in the top 60 in the rankings (No. 31 Alabama, No. 42 Louisville, No. 43 South Carolina, No. 60 ETSU). The Deacons' only losses have come at the hands of No. 8 Tennessee and No. 21 Michigan.
This week's rankings were the first this season to be determined by a computer formula. The Demon Deacons' were ranked 31st last week in the final coaches poll of the season. The Deacons had started the year ranked 66th, but have climbed steadily over the first month of the season, making the biggest jump of any team in the country.
Senior Amogh Prabhakar continued his climb up the ITA singles rankings, checking in at No. 37 this week. Prabhakar is 21-6 this season, including 5-3 against ranked opponents.
Fellow senior David Hopkins joined Prabhakar in the singles rankings, coming in at No. 123. Hopkins and Prabhakar are ranked No. 55 in doubles.
Wake Forest will return from its three-week hiatus on Friday when it hosts No. 5 Oklahoma at 4 p.m. at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.