March 1, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - Idan Mark, a first-year player for the Tulane men's tennis program, received a No. 89 national singles ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, it was announced on Tuesday.
Mark, Tulane's No. 1 singles player this spring, has a 13-6 overall singles record, including a 6-2 record in dual matches. The sophomore from Hod Hasharon, Israel, has recorded wins over three opponents ranked in the ITA's top 125, including a victory over No. 52 Luka Somen of Virginia Tech in the fall.
"This is a great honor for Idan and Tulane University," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "Idan has been working tirelessly since he got here and it is starting to pay off in his wins and now with this honor to be ranked nationally in his first year of competition at Tulane."
Mark, who was ranked as the No. 8 first-year player in the nation by the ITA prior to the spring, has won three of his last four singles matches this spring and opened the dual match season with three straight singles victories.
"Idan will have lots of people coming after him now that he is on the ranking list. He will have many great opportunities to improve that ranking the rest of this spring season. Our goal is to have as many guys ranked individually, but most importantly to have the team ranked. Hopefully this type of accolade can give us more confidence as a team and allow our guys to grab some more wins and jump into the team rankings as soon as possible."
Mark's average in the ITA rankings of 5.54 is just .01 behind No. 88 Kellen Damico of Texas and is over .20 ahead of No. 90 Fred Saba of Duke.
Tulane will travel to the state of Florida this weekend to face South Florida in Tampa on Saturday and return to Conference USA action on Sunday at UCF in Orlando.