CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s tennis team claimed their second highest final ITA ranking in program history on Tuesday, officially finishing the 2014 season as the No. 74-ranked team in the country.
“We had a young team with great leadership that showed up to compete every match,” said College of Charleston men’s head tennis coach Jay Bruner. “This is a good step for us to be recognized on the national scene in this way and we know the work it takes to improve on this benchmark for future seasons. We are headed in the right direction as a program and the team will continue to improve on this achievement over the next few years.”
In their inaugural Colonial Athletic Association campaign, the Cougars were strong throughout. After taking three of their first six matches against some of the nation’s elite talent, the Cougars rattled off thirteen wins over their next fifteen matches, climbing as high as No. 65 in the ITA rankings heading in to the conference tournament.
Getting their first taste of CAA Championship competition, the Cougars downed Delaware and William and Mary in the opening rounds to reach the championship match, where they eventually fell to the top-seeded Seahawks of UNC Wilmington.
In recognition of their fantastic season, several Cougars were honored as all-CAA selections, including conference rookie of the year, Rodrigo Encinas.
The youthful Cougars are set to return eight of their 11 student-athletes next season.