Men’s tennis breaks into top 25 rankings
In the most recent rankings released by International Tennis Association (ITA), SMU came in ranked 25 among all Division 1 teams in the country, the team’s first ranking in the top 25 this season.
Over the course of the season, the Mustangs have recorded a record of 19-5, including seven wins against 12 ranked opponents, including wins against then ranked No. 17 University of South Florida, No. 5 Oklahoma State and No. 20 Tulsa.
SMU was one of five AAC teams to make the cut for this week’s ITA rankings, accompanied by Tulsa, USF, who the Mustangs beat April , Tulane and Memphis. The Mustangs played No. 2 ranked TCU April 6, and will finish off their season against Rice before playing in the AAC tournament, starting April 21 in Memphis.
With a strong end to the season, with wins over ranked opponents in the conference championships, SMU would make a strong case for a potential bid into the NCAA National Championships. Sixty four teams will be invited to compete for the National Championship come May.
SMU Junior Hunter Johnson is ranked No. 48 in the country in singles while senior Nate Lammons is the No. 82 singles player nationally. Johnson is also ranked nationally 24th in doubles, with junior parter Yates Johnson. Lammons and his partner junior Arkadijs Slobodkins stand at 34th.
Both Johnson, Lammons, and their partners will all look to continue their strong seasons and secure invitations to the NCAA Championships this May.