March 19, 2013
New Orleans - The 2012-13 season continues to be milestone campaign for the Tulane women's tennis team on the national level and today the program took another giant step forward by moving inside the nation's Top-40 tennis teams at No. 39 in this week's edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Top-75 poll.
Tulane was ranked No. 50 last week and has been ranked as high as No. 48 this season. This week's ranking is the highest for the team since its return in 2008-09 and is the best ranking for the program since Tulane completed the 2005 campaign at No. 15. The Wave began the season ranked No. 55 and has been ranked every week this season. TU was also ranked for the final 15 weeks of the 2012 campaign.
"When I saw the rankings today, I just felt a sense of pride for this team," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "They have really climbed the mountain and done the work behind the scenes to make this a reality. We are happy with being the number 39 team in the country but we aren't going to settle. We want to keep growing and keep fighting. This season is far from over so we still have to keep our focus on the details. I am sending out a huge congratulation to my team and I'm going to steal from the New Orleans Saints motto, we have to "Finish Strong" if we want our post season goals to stay alive."
Tulane is 10-6 overall and has won seven out of its last nine outings, including Top-40 wins over No. 38 Georgia State and against No. 40 Ohio State. TU is 6-1 at home, 5-1 against Conference USA members and 3-1 against regional competition. Of the Wave's six losses this season, five have come to teams currently ranked ahead of it in the national rankings including Auburn (No. 18), UC Irvine (No. 23), Texas Tech (No. 20), Rice (No. 27) and Virginia (No. 32).
The Green Wave returns to action when it puts its five-match home win streak on the line this Wednesday, March 20 at 1 p.m. against the Samford Bulldogs at the City Park Pepsi Center. There is no charge for admission.