Hogs Begin Spring Season Ranked 39th
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In a vote by 48 coaches from around the nation, the International Tennis Association has announced, Tuesday, that Arkansas has earned a 39th-place ranking in the nation.“We are pleased that the coaches around the country recognized that we had good fall,” head coach Robert Cox said. “Even though 39th is nothing to be cheerful about, we have a top 25 five team. With the other 11 Southeastern Conference schools ahead of us, we are going to get our shot to move up in the national polls.”The SEC can boast one of the strongest conference rankings in the nation. With nine teams in the top 25, five of which are in the top 10, Arkansas, at 39th, is the lowest-ranked conference school in the conference.“This conference is very deep in talent,” Cox said. “Even though we are pretty good at a national level, we want to do well in our conference.” Cox is a member of the ITA Board of Directors and the ITA Ranking committee. He is one of the 48 coaches that voted in the preseason poll.“College tennis is so deep now that we are ranking 75 teams, and those 75 schools are very good programs,” Cox said. “There are some programs that were ranked in the 30s last season, that are now ranked in the 50s, 60s and 70s this year. So there was a lot of movement this fall.”The Hogs will begin their 2000 season Jan. 14, in Fayetteville. Cox and the 1999-2000 Razorbacks will welcome back the Razorback alum in the third annual Alumni Match.
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