Women's Tennis moves up to No. 9 in ITA poll
Feb. 28, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas vaulted six spots into the No. 9 slot in Tuesday's release of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) women's college tennis team poll. The Longhorns (4-3) cracked the top-10 in the ITA team poll for the first time in six seasons, when they reached No. 3 on Feb. 22, 2006.
Under seventh-year head coach Patty Fendick-McCain, the Longhorns hold a 4-3 mark in dual-match play with neutral-site victories over North Carolina, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Clemson, each of whom have been ranked in the ITA top-20 this season. Notably, Texas opened the season last month with a 4-3 win over the then-No. 3 Tar Heels in New York City.
Additionally, Texas' only three defeats have come against ITA top-10 foes - No. 4 Georgia, No. 6 Virginia and No. 10 Miami - all at neutral sites. Junior All-American Aeriel Ellis ranks 30th in the ITA singles rankings, while freshman Noel Scott comes in at No. 87.
Texas will take on No. 8 Northwestern in the Horns' home opener on Friday, March 2. First serve is set for 6 p.m. Central at UT's Penick-Allison Tennis Center.