Moccasins Ranked 26th in Preseason ITA Division II Poll
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Florida Southern men's tennis team will begin the 2014 spring season as the No. 26 ranked team in NCAA Division II following the release of the ITA Division II College Tennis Preseason Rankings that came out on Tuesday afternoon.
The ITA College Tennis Preseason Rankings rank the top 50 teams in NCAA Division II, as well as the top 50 individuals and the top 25 doubles pairings. The rankings were determined by a voting panel as well as play during the fall season. Along with the No. 26 national team ranking, Mocccasin junior Emanuel Lueber (Tiengen, Germany) earned individual ranking honors as he was ranked 49th nationally in singles in the ITA Tennis Preseason player rankings.
During the USTA/ITA South Regional Championships this fall, hosted by Rollins College, Lueber posted a 2-2 record in singles play. The German-born junior fell in the second round to Domino Sano of West Florida, the 31st ranked player in the country, in straight sets.
Defending Division II National Champion Barry enters the season ranked No. 1 in the country, while Armstrong Atlantic, West Florida, Lynn and Hawaii Pacific round out the Top 5.
Along with Barry and Lynn, fellow Sunshine State Conference members Saint Leo and Rollins College fall just outside the Top 5 in the eighth and ninth spots, respectively, while Florida Tech enters the national rankings at No. 43.
In addition to releasing the national poll, the ITA also released its preseason regional rankings and the Mocs are ranked seventh in the South Region. FSC is joined in the South Region rankings by Barry (No. 1), Lynn (No. 3), Saint Leo (No. 4), Rollins (No. 5) and Florida Tech (No. 10). Other teams ranked in the South Region include West Florida (No. 2), West Alabama (No. 6), Valdosta State (No. 8) and Alabama-Huntsville (No. 9). In the South Region player rankings, Lueber is ranked 17th in singles and is the only Moc to make the regional rankings.
Click here for the complete ITA Preseason NCAA Division II polls.