Jan. 9, 2008
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn University women's tennis team is ranked as the number 27 team in the nation according to the Jan. 8, ITA Women's Tennis preseason poll.
"I'm very excited that we have moved up in the rankings this year," said Auburn head coach Tim Gray. "This ranking is indicative of the hard work we put in last season and this fall. There's definitely room for improvement, but we are very excited."
The Tigers' Top 30 ranking marks the first time since at least 2002 that Auburn has made the Top 30 in the preseason poll (preseason ranking records are not available prior to 2003). Last season Auburn was ranked as the number 75 team in the country.
Individually, Auburn's Alex Haney is ranked as the number 86 singles player in the nation. This also marks a first since 2003 when AU's Carolina Ramirez was ranked as the number 87 singles player.
"Alex has put a lot of work in and she had a very good fall," Gray said. "Her hard work is paying off."
Auburn is one of nine SEC teams to make the top 75. Florida is the highest SEC school, ranked at No. 4, followed by Georgia at No. 5. Vanderbilt is ranked at No. 16, followed by Tennessee at 22 and South Carolina at 30. LSU and Kentucky are ranked at numbers 33 and 34, respectively, and Arkansas is ranked at No. 53.
Defending National Champion Georgia Tech was voted as the No. 1 team in the nation with 25 first place votes. The No. 1 singles player is an SEC member, Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas.
The Tigers kickoff the 2008 dual season at home in the Yarbrough Tennis Center on Jan. 23, against Georgia Tech.
"We will see exactly where we stand in that match," Gray said. "Georgia Tech is a solid, disciplined team and I am anxious to see how we match up."
The match begins at 4 p.m. CT, and is open to the public. Admission is free.