Nov 15 2010
The Seward County Saints Menís Tennis Team has been tabbed the 8th best team in the country according to the recently released ITA National Rankings. The Saints start the season ranked just ahead of Jayhawk schools Cowley and Johnson County who come in at #9 and #10 respectively. Individually, all six of the Saints top players were ranked inside of the nationís top 75. Sewardís #1 player Laericeo Lobo cracked the top 20 at #17 after going 3-3 against some of the top players in the country. Nathan Nelmes won 6 matches this fall and comes in ranked 23rd by the ITA while teammate Felipe Cruz was rewarded for an 8-5 fall with a #35 ranking. Raphael Machado was 8-3 for the Saints in the #4 hole this fall and will open the year ranked 51st. Cristiano Mendes went 4-1 this fall and is ranked 69th and Lucas Izkovitz who went 10-0 this fall in singles play is ranked 75th. In the doubles rankings the Saints were again well represented as Lobo and Nelmes checked in at #8 after going 5-4 as a team this fall and Cruz and Machado coming off of an 8-4 fall are ranked 22nd. Wrapping up the rankings for the Saints is Mendes and Izkovitz who were unbeaten in 9 tries this fall and will start the season ranked 38th. For a complete listing of the ITA fall rankings CLICK HERE.