Rice Netters Open Year Ranked 35th

Jan. 6, 2010

The Rice men's tennis team will open the 2010 season ranked 35th in the country in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings, which were released on Wednesday.

The Owls will open their 2010 schedule on January 23 when they host both Prairie View and Lamar. The upcoming slate of matches features 16 teams in the preseason rankings, including 11 home matches against ranked teams.

Rice opens its slate of ranked home matches when 29th ranked LSU comes to Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on February 5. Two days later, the Owls will host 21st ranked Miami and will close out the month when they host eighth-ranked Texas on February 25.

Other ranked opponents schedule for Jake Hess in 2010 include #28 North Carolina on March 10, #13 Florida State on March 12, #40 California on March 14, #53 North Carolina State during the Rice Invitational from March 19-21, and close out the home schedule of ranked opponents with matches vs. #34 Tulsa on April 9 and #44 Oklahoma on April 11.

The 2010 Conference USA Men's Tennis Championships will be held at Jake Hess Stadium from April 23-25.





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