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USU tennis: Utah State men's tennis nationally ranked at No. 37


Utah State men's tennis (7-3, 1-0 MW) has earned a national ranking of No. 37, as released by the International Tennis Association (ITA) on Tuesday. That ranking is the highest for the Aggies in program history, besting the previous high of No. 39 last season.

"It's tremendous for our program to be ranked 37th," head coach James Wilson said. "Our guys worked very hard in the fall to prepare for the beginning of the season, and it has paid off with our recent results. Although the team is very excited, they do realize it's just the beginning and we need to continue to improve."

The rankings come from the first round of computerized national team rankings by the ITA. Last season, Utah State appeared in the top 50 for nine-consecutive weeks, with its highest ranking of No. 39 and finishing the year ranked No. 45.

The Aggies posted a perfect 3-0 mark last week with a 4-1 win at BYU, a 5-1 home win against UC Irvine and a 5-0 home win against Montana State. The win against the Cougars, ranked No. 38 in the poll, marked the fourth straight for Utah State against BYU.

Utah State returns to the courts after a two-week hiatus traveling to Denver, Colorado, to take on Denver (3-3, 1-0 Summit League) on Monday, March 5, at 11 a.m. Utah State then travels to Tampa, Florida, to take on No. 46 Old Dominion (6-4, 0-0 Conference USA) on Friday, March 9; George Washington (0-11, 0-0 Atlantic 10) on Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m. MT; and South Florida (2-6, 0-1 American) on Sunday, March 11, at 8 a.m.

Ashley Springer is a student at Utah State University studying journalism and communication. Springer is an intern with the USU athletic department's media relations.