Tigers tennis cracks Top 10

By Brian Ramsey
OBU Sports Information

TEMPE, Ariz. — For the first time in more than a decade, the Ouachita Baptist University men’s tennis team has earned a top 10 national ranking with a No. 8 spot in the latest ITA Division II poll.


The Tigers jumped nine spots from their previous ranking following an impressive start to the spring season. Ouachita defeated three NCAA Division II top 25 teams over the past month, and recorded a win over the third-ranked junior college team in the nation to move to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in MIAA/GAC matches. The only loss of the month was to now seventh-ranked Washburn.

The ITA also released its first batch of individual rankings for the spring season with a pair of Tigers making the cut.

In singles, Francisco Oliveira jumped up one spot to the No. 16 ranking with a 10-4 record against D2 opponents, while teammate Santiago Kearney moved into the rankings at No. 26 with a 7-2 record. The pair is also ranked in doubles at No. 9 with an 11-4 record.

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