Men's Tennis Finishes in Top 25 of Final ITA Rankings

June 1, 2010

Final ITA Men's Team Rankings

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's tennis team came in at No. 22 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings, securing a Top 25 finish for the third time in the last four seasons.

"Finishing in the Top 25 is a sign that our program is in good shape," said head coach Jeff Zinn. "It gives us something that we can build upon going into next season."

The Deacons put together another solid season in 2009-10, posting an overall record of 16-9 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championships before bowing out to then-No. 1 Virginia.

The Deacs went 7-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, and reached the semifinals of the ACC Championships for the fourth consecutive year - the longest such streak in program history.

"The ACC is one of the best tennis conferences in the country, so to have consistent success is a significant accomplishment," said Zinn. "You know that if you're doing well in the ACC, then you're going to do well nationally."

Three Deacons also competed in the NCAA Individual Championships, with senior Steven Forman and freshman Tripper Carleton playing singles and Forman partnering with junior Iain Atkinson in doubles. The team of Forman and Atkinson made a run to the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament as Forman became the first player in Demon Deacon history to reach the final eight in three consecutive years.

The future of the program looks bright as Forman is the only member of this year's NCAA roster that will not return to the team next season.

"We played three freshmen in our lineup this year, so we're a young team," said Zinn. "We're very encouraged by what they've accomplished so quickly, and we look forward to watching them develop into even better players as they gain more experience in the coming years."



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