Congratulations to Coach Levi Patton and the Men’s and Women’s tennis teams.
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KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Belhaven men’s and women’s tennis teams are both represented in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 polls, which were released by the national office on Tuesday afternoon.
“Our staff has worked incredibly hard to put together a group of people from all over the world to compete for championships,” Head Coach Levi Patton said. “Our teams have put in many hours to get to this level.”
After defeating Xavier last week in a thriller, the Blazer men climbed three spots to break into the top ten for the first time in 2014. Belhaven currently sits at the 9th spot nationally and will look to continue to rise as the season advances.
“After doing some research, this is the highest ranking the men’s program has seen in 20 years, and we are very pleased with the results this team has produced so far,” Patton said. “Our goal to start the year was a top 8 ranking heading into nationals, and this puts us on the cusp of that.”
The Southern States Athletic Conference claims four teams in the Top 25 on the men’s side, including #2 Auburn University-Montgomery, #13 Bethel, and #15 William Carey, while Coastal Georgia received votes. The Blazers are the only team of the ranked four to have risen in this week’s rankings from their previous spot.
The SSAC proved to be strong on the women’s side, as well, claiming a fifth of the Top 20. AUM remained atop the polls, while Brenau moved up to 5th, William Carey dropped to 15th, and Coastal Georgia landed at 19th. Belhaven landed in the receiving votes category.
Both squads will open SSAC action this weekend, when they will take on Martin Methodist, Emmanuel, and Coastal Georgia in the Mobile Roundup. Friday’s matchup with MMC is set to begin at 9:00 am.