Arkansas Jumps 15 Spots in Latest ITA Poll
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Following a shutout over Nebraska and a big victory over long time rival No. 13 Texas, the Razorbacks jumped 15 spots in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll to No. 25. With a No. 25 ranking, the Hogs have reached their highest ranking since being ranked No. 18 during the weeks of March 11-25 of 2003. Shortly after being ranked No. 18 last season, Nathan Price suffered an injury and Arkansas never fully recovered. The new ranking moves the Hogs from No. 40, a low over the last two seasons, to being one of nine Southeastern Conference teams in the top 25. Joining the Hogs in the top 25 from the SEC is No. 4 Mississippi, No. 7 Florida, No. 8 Vanderbilt, No. 14 Georgia, No. 15 LSU, No. 17 Alabama, No. 18 Kentucky, and No. 24 South Carolina. Also ranked in the latest ITA poll from the SEC are No. 29 Auburn, No. 45 Mississippi State, and No. 54 Tennessee. Head coach Robert Cox was pleased with the latest ranking. “Our team is flattered by the ranking, and happy to be ranked in the top 25 for the first time since last year,” Cox said. “Eight coaches vote right now, and we are pleased that they feel we deserve the top 25.” Next on the schedule the Hogs will face DePaul on Friday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m., and No. 37 Northwestern on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. The matches will take place in Chicago, Ill., at the Combe Tennis Center.
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