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February 19, 2002

USI menís tennis ranked in ITA Top 40 for first time
Eagles ranked ninth in Midwest Region

The University of Southern Indiana menís tennis program was ranked 38th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top 40 poll. This is the first time USI has ever been ranked in the ITA Top 40, which is sponsored by Omni Hotels.

The Screaming Eagles are in search of a fourth straight Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament championship and their third GLVC regular season crown in four seasons. USI, ranked ninth in the latest ITA Midwest Region rankings, also is in search of its fourth straight 20-win season after posting a 22-7 mark a year ago.

In the last four seasons, USI has enjoyed an exceptional 37-1 record in the GLVC regular-season schedule, a .974 winning percentage. Including the victories from the GLVC Tournament, the record is a remarkable 48-2, a .960 winning percentage.

The Eagles will start the spring season Friday, February 22, against Western Kentucky at the Tri-State Athletic Club. Match time is 8 p.m. USI opens GLVC action on Friday, March 29, at the University of Indianapolis.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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