March 6, 2012
Thanks to pair of home court victories over teams who came to Jake Hess ranked in the top 40, Elizabeth Schmidt's Rice women's tennis team reached their highest ITA ranking in the program's history, moving up 18 spots to #27 in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Team Rankings.
After dropping a close decision at Texas A&M on February 24, Rice has defeated Oklahoma (ranked 35th that week), BYU and South Florida (ranked 26th last week) to rise in the polls. While Schmidt is happy to see the Owls achieve some success, she is also careful to remind her team that the season is far from complete.
"It is great to see the validation for all the hard work we've put in to this point, but it's far too early in the season to be satisfied. We have a lot of tough opponents in the weeks ahead and we are no longer a team that people might take for granted. We've had a nice two-day break, but we'll get back on the practice courts tomorrow and start to re-focus on our goal for this season, which is to continue to get better each day," she stated.
The Owls last moved into the ITA Top 30 on in March of 2005 when the reached #29 after an upset win at 25th ranked San Diego State. Rice finished the season ranked 48th. The Owls' highest finish at the end of a season came in 1995 when they were ranked 35th in the last poll of the season.
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