ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – The UCF men’s tennis team shot up sixteen spots in the Oracle/ITA rankings on Tuesday afternoon. The Knights are now No. 33 in the nation, jumping up from last week’s rank of No. 49.
The new ranking leaves the Knights just six spots away from surpassing their highest ranking ever. UCF was ranked No. 28 back on April 5, 2017. That was John Roddick’s first year as Director of Tennis and Head Coach for the men’s team as they went 16-7 that season.
This season the Knights dropped their first four matches and five of their first six. But since that time, the Knights have won seven of their last nine matches as a group of young freshman and sophomores are all finding their strides at once.
During their seven-match winning streak, the Knights defeated Samford, UAB, No. 29 Miami, and Bethune-Cookman twice all by scores of 4-0. They then took down No. 42 Tulane and No. 36 Penn State, giving them three consecutive wins over ranked opposition. UCF then faced the defending National Champions in No. 2 Wake Forest and were edged 4-3. All the above contributed to the sixteen-spot jump.
The Knights will have yet another chance to prove themselves against their sixth-straight ranked opponent as they face No. 32 Texas Tech on Thursday at 6 p.m.
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