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Razorbacks Slide to No. 32 in Latest ITA Poll

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks Slide to No. 32 in Latest ITA Poll

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ loss to Northwestern proved to be a significant blow in the team rankings when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association released the latest poll. The Razorbacks (3-1), were previously ranked No. 28 but a loss to the No. 47 Northwestern Wildcats resulted in the slide.

The Razorbacks fell to No. 32 and are now the lowest ranked team in the SEC. The biggest surprise came as the University of Georgia fell from No. 6 to No. 20 after a loss to then unranked Clemson. All of the SEC schools appeared in the rankings with Florida keeping steady at No. 5. The rest of the SEC was in this order, No. 6 Mississippi, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 14 Auburn, No. 16 Alabama, No. 22 South Carolina, No. 25 Mississippi State, No. 27 Vanderbilt and No. 29 Louisiana State.

Head Coach Robert Cox was pleased with his team’s ranking and impressed at the overall poll.

“These rankings reflect the respect for our program from last year,” Cox said. “They are very accurate and become more so as the year progresses. Rankings are based on wins and not losses. That’s why I’m pleased to be where we are. Our expectations are much higher, of course. Our goal is to be a top-20 team. The last few years have been a steady upward climb and I still feel that our team has that potential.”

ITA Team Rankings – Jan. 29, 2003

1. UCLA
2. Illinois
3. Baylor
4. Stanford
5. Florida
6. Mississippi
7. Southern California
8. Kentucky
9. California
10. Duke
11. Texas
12. Texas A&M
13. Tennessee
14. Auburn
15. Virginia Commonwealth
16. Alabama
17. Pepperdine
18. Minnesota
19. Washington
20. Georgia
21. South Florida
22. South Carolina
23. Wake Forest
24. Ohio State
25. Mississippi State
26. North Carolina
27. Vanderbilt
28. San Diego State
29. Louisiana State
30. Harvard
31. SMU
32. Arkansas
33. Clemson
34. Notre Dame
35. TCU
36. Rice
37. Louisville
38. Virginia Tech
39. Northwestern
40. Tulane
41. Arizona State
42. Miami (Fla.)
43. South Alabama
44. Purdue
45. Indiana
46. Western Michigan
47. Georgia Tech
48. San Diego
49. Tulsa
50. Florida State



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