Women's tennis garners Top 15 ranking from ITA
Sophomore Olya Batsula will return to lead the Lady Bucs in 2005-06.
Sophomore Olya Batsula will return to lead the Lady Bucs in 2005-06.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

 

                JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 14, 2005) - The East Tennessee State University's women's tennis team learned this week that it will be ranked 15th in the Southeast Region when the 2005-06 season begins, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

 

            The 2004-05 Lady Bucs posted a 19-7 record a year ago, tied for second in the regular season standings, and advanced to the conference semifinals in tournament action. The ITA poll is based on coaches' rankings from each team in the region.

 

            "I'm real excited that the team is ranked since it is based on the coaches' choices," said ETSU head coach Steve Brooks. "It's good to know that they recognize we are becoming a competitive team. I hope to carry this over to next year when we'll be a lot stronger."

 

            Of the teams ranked in the Top 15, 13 of those squads are ranked nationally. While the Lady Bucs are not part of that nationally-recognized group, Brooks said it is an indication of the Southeast Region's competition level.

 

            "This is the first time our team has been regionally ranked," Brooks said. "When the rankings came out a few weeks ago, it really made the team eager for the season to start."

 

            Every key players from last year's team will return in 2005-06, and combined with a strong freshman class, Brooks said the team should build on last year's success.

 

            "I think all of our hard work and rebuilding these last four years is starting to pay off," said Brooks, whose team will be competing in its first season as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference this year.

Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
WTEN ETSU
Oct 21 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MSOC ETSU 4 Lexington, Va.
Oct 21 VMI 0
VB The Citadel 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 21 ETSU 3
FB ETSU Kingsport, Tenn.
Oct 23, 6:00 p.m. Scrimmage at J. Fred Johnson Stadium
MSOC ETSU 0 Greenville, S.C.
Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. Furman 3
VB ETSU 2 Birmingham, Ala.
Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. Samford University 3
WGOLF Palmetto Intercollegiate Kiawah Island, S.C.
Oct 26 10th of 20
WSOC ETSU 2 Cullowhee, N.C.
Oct 26 Western Carolina 3
MSOC UNC Greensboro 1 OT
Oct 28 ETSU 0
MBB Blue/Gold Scrimmage Freedom Hall
Oct 30, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MCC Southern Conference Championship Kernersville, N.C.
Oct 31
WCC Southern Conference Championship Kernersville, N.C.
Oct 31
WTEN ETSU Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct 31 University of Tennessee Fall Invite
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Oct 31, 7:00 p.m. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
WTEN ETSU
Nov 1, 7:00 p.m. University of Tennessee Fall Invite
WBB Milligan College Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 12:00 p.m. ETSU
FB ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 3:00 p.m. Homecoming scrimmage
WSOC ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 5:30 p.m. UNC Greensboro
VB University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 7:00 p.m. ETSU