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Jan. 5, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Top-ranked Virginia leads a group of 11 Atlantic Coast Conference men’s tennis teams among the ITA’s 2011 spring season preseason rankings.
Virginia, the four-time defending ACC champion, is the ITA preseason No. 1 for the third time in six seasons. The Cavaliers return a solid nucleus and several promising newcomers following a 2010 season in which they finished 39-2 and won a school-record 36th consecutive matches.
Duke holds a No. 14 preseason ranking, followed by North Carolina at No. 20, Wake Forest at No. 22, Georgia Tech at No. 23, Virginia Tech at No. 24 and Florida State at No. 27 to give the ACC seven teams among the top 30.
In addition, Miami is ranked 44th, Clemson 53rd, NC State 57th and Maryland 75th.
Twenty-seven ACC student-athletes earned spots among the ITA’s preseason men’s top 125 singles rankings, including a nation-leading seven best from Virginia. Nine are ranked among the top 30, led by Virginia freshman Alex Domijan at No. 3. Duke’s Reid Carleton holds a No. 5 ranking, while the Blue Devil’s Henrique Carleton is at No. 9 and Virginia’s Sanam Singh is at No. 10.
Georgia Tech’s Guillermo Gomez (12th), Virginia’s Drew Courtney (17th), Jarmere Jenkins (19th) and Michael Shabaz (27th), and North Carolina’s Jose Hernandez round out the ACC’s nine-man contingent among the top 30.
Five ACC doubles teams are ranked among the preseason top 60, including third-ranked Courtney and Shabaz of Virginia, the defending NCAA champions. The Georgia Tech teams of Kevin King-Juan Spir (No. 8) and Virginia’s Jenkins-Domijan (No. 10) give the ACC three doubles teams among the top 10.