Skillman, N.J.----- For the first time in school history, a San Jose State University women’s tennis team finished a season nationally-ranked in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ranking.
The Spartans, 19-6 in dual match competition, finished 63rd in the May 28 NCAA Division I ranking. (The ITA ranks the top-75 programs 16 times during the year.) San Jose State first appeared in the national rankings on February 26 and was ranked seven more times before the final team rankings. In the final two rankings, the most successful squad at the University was #63.
“All of this is a great accomplishment by our team. Our players worked hard for this,” says second-year coach Sylvain Malroux, who has a 32-13 head coaching record at San Jose State.
“At the beginning of the season, we set up as our goals to win the WAC and be nationally-ranked. Saying it is one thing and doing it is another. To accomplish them is very rewarding."
The Spartans won the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Tournament and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance as the conference’s automatic qualifier.
During the season, San Jose State defeated #58-UNLV on the road and #52-Denver on the Pioneers’ home courts to win the WAC Tournament championship. Both matches were 4-3 victories.
“It’s nice to see us starting to get recognition. People now think of us as a good, respectable team. This will help with our future scheduling, because people now will want to play us," continues the Spartans' head coach.
“It’s a big step in the right direction after just two years. This is very good for our program.”