After finishing their best season in Seward County Community College menís tennis history, the Saints team has earned the respect once again of the nation polls. The SCCC tennis team received a No. 6 International Tennis Association/National Junior College Athletic Association ranking in the Pre-Season poll that was released today. In 2006, the Saints completed their spring season in 9th place at the NJCAA National Tournament in Plano, Texas. The pre-season poll also ranked seven Saints singles players in the Top 60 in the nation and two SCCC doubles pairs received Top 30 rankings. The Saints return five sophomores off last seasonís national tournament team.

The top four teams in the pre-season poll land in the same positions where they finished in the national tournament last spring. Defending NJCAA National Champion, Laredo C.C. is ranked No. 1, with Tyler J.C. who was runner-up last season at the No. 2 position followed by Collin County C.C. (No. 3) and Abraham Baldwin C.C. (No. 4). Fellow NJCAA Region VI program, Johnson County C.C., grabbed the No. 5 pre-season spot with the Saints (No. 6), Cowley College (No. 7), Meridian C.C. (No. 8), Vincennes University (No. 9) and Gadsden State C.C. (No. 10) rounding out the top 10.

The No. 6 pre-season poll matches last seasons ranking as the highest national-ranking the Saints tennis program has ever received.

Saints No. 1 singles player and defending regional champion, Ruben Mora, received a No. 16 national singles ranking. Last season, Mora was ranked No. 40 among singles players in the nation. Mora finished the 2006 National Tournament in the Round of 8.

Other SCCC Saints who captured national singles rankings were Roberto Martinez (No. 42), Luis Cabizuca (No. 46), Bruno Falcao (No. 52), Rogerio Yamamoto (No. 55), Andy Jeffery (No. 56) and Adam Hambleton (No. 58).

National doubles rankings went to Mora/Cabizuca (No. 10) and Falcao/Yamamoto (No. 26). This fall Mora and Cabizuca recorded a 4-3 doubles record, while Falcao and Yamamoto posted a 3-4 doubles record.