ATLANTA — (May 4) Georgia Tech’s men’s tennis team jumped 14 spots to 32nd, while the Yellow Jacket women fell to 40th in the latest International Tennis Association national rankings.
The ranking of 32 marks the highest for a Tech men’s team since the 1993-94 squad opened 23rd in the pre-season poll. The Jackets, who finished the 1999 regular season 15-7 overall and 6-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, were ranked 46th in the previous national ranking.
The Tech men closed out the regular season with wins over then-No. 74 North Carolina, No. 24 Clemson, and No. 50 Florida State before finishing runner-up at the ACC Men’s Tennis Championships. In the tournament, the men notched victories against Florida State and Clemson again before falling to then-No. 3 Duke 5-0 in the finals.
Individually, Jacket senior Benjamin Cassaigne (Paris, France) fell seven spots from 23rd to 30th in the men’s singles poll. Cassaigne, who is 24-5 overall, won 12 straight dual matches at No. 1 singles before falling, 7-5, 6-1, to No. 64 Dmitry Muzyka of Duke during the ACC tournament finals. Cassaigne was named the ACC Player of the Year after going 7-1 in ACC dual matches.
Tech’s women’s team fell six places from its previous ranking of No. 34 on April 20. The Jacket women end the regular season 12-10 overall and 2-6 in the ACC.
The women’s duo of junior Sabrina Pardo (Aix En Provence, France) and freshman Mason Miller (Gainesville, Ga.) fell nine spots from 31st to 40th in the women’s doubles rankings.
Both teams now await to hear on bids to the NCAA Regional Championships which will be announced Wednesday.