Men's Tennis Receives National Ranking
Hokies receive recognition following outstanding fall season
January 10, 2002 BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's tennis team's outstanding fall season has resulted in the team being ranked No. 59 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Preseason National Rankings. In December, the Hokies had made their presence felt by having one player ranked nationally while dominating the Northeast rankings with three singles players in the top 15 and two doubles teams in the top 10 of the Northeast Region. Tech concluded the 2000-01 season ranked 60th in the nation and fourth in the Northeast Region. Tech was 17-11 last season and finished third in its initial appearance in the BIG EAST Conference Championship Tournament which was played in Coral Gables, Fla. Saber Kadiri (Jr., Algiers, Algeria) was ranked first in the region and 55th nationally after an outstanding fall season. Kadiri advanced to the nationals indoors in Dallas, Tex. in November by sweeping six matches at the East Region tournament in Princeton N.J. At the East Regional he defeated the Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 13 seeds in the event including an 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 escape in the round of 16 against Kris Goddard (Brown) where he trailed 5-2 in the deciding set before rallying for the win. Kadiri concluded the fall season with a 15-6 singles record. Andreas Laulund (So., Odense, Denmark) was ranked fourth in the East Region after posting a 10-4 fall record. Laulund advanced to the East Region semifinal where he was defeated by Kadiri. Francis Huot (Jr., Quebec City, Canada) earned a No. 14 regional ranking despite missing most of the fall with a foot injury. Huot won the Virginia Tech Invitational in November defeating the Nos. 1, 3, and 4 seeds in the event. In doubles, Davor Dupljak (Sr., Karlovac, Croatia) and Michael Kurz (Jr., Stuttgart, Germany) were ranked fifth after posting a 10-2 fall record including the championship of the Virginia Tech Invitational over Huot and Laulund. The freshman duo of David Emery (Fairfax, Va.) and Stephane Rod (Lausanne, Switzerland) were ranked tenth following a solid fall campaign that included an 8-3 record and the championship of the B flight at the East Coast Collegiate Invitational in Norfolk, Va. Tech opens the dual-match spring season on Feb. 2 at William & Mary. The first home match is scheduled for Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. against Wake Forest. All Tech home matches are played in the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on the Virginia Tech campus.