Men's Tennis ranked no. 46 in first ITA rankings of 2013

Junior Ben Davis ranked as no. 101 singles player

January 4, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's tennis team will start the 2013 spring season where it left off 2012 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. The Blue Raiders are no. 46 in the first ITA team poll of 2013 released Thursday night.

"It's an honor that the ranking committee sees that our team is worthy of a preseason national ranking based on our returning players," said head coach Jimmy Borendame. "I am looking forward to getting practice started and improving our program."

The two-time defending Sun Belt champions, Middle Tennessee is the highest-ranked of three Sun Belt schools ranked in the top-75. The Blue Raiders will face five teams this spring currently ranked in the top-40, including a matchup with no. 5 Duke on Jan. 25. Middle Tennessee also has matches against no. 11 Mississippi State, no. 33 Memphis at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Center, no. 37 Vanderbilt, and no. 40 North Carolina State.

Individually, junior Ben Davis is ranked no. 101 in the national singles rankings. This fall, Davis reached the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley regional in Memphis. He also won a pair of matches at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

"Ben has established himself as one of the top players in the country," added Borendame. "This fall, Ben has made some improvements to his game and is now wielding some new weapons to make him even more dangerous. With this spring schedule coming up, Ben is going to be competing against nationally-ranked singles players week in and week out. With the way he competes in matches, Ben will be notching a number of big wins this spring."

The Blue Raiders open their 2013 spring season on Sunday, Jan. 20 with a pair of matches at Nashboro Village Athletic Club in Nashville. Middle Tennessee will play Lipscomb at 10 a.m. and Murray State at 2:30 p.m.

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