SAINT LEO, Fla. – Concluding its most successful season to date, the Saint Leo men's tennis team earned a final ranking of 13th in the country as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its final poll on Thursday.
Posting a final record of 16-8, including a 3-3 Sunshine State Conference mark, the Lions finished fourth in the SSC. Saint Leo earned its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, while defeating Rollins for the first time in program history at the SSC Tournament. The group also broke into the top-10 during the season, a program first.
"Breaking into the top-10 in the country was a huge achievement for the men," said Head Coach James Bryce. "From day one this season we knew we could compete on the national stage. The 5-4 losses were tough to take, but in the long run will teach us a valuable lesson. With everyone returning from the lineup, plus some new additions, we're excited to see what 2012-13 has in store."
In addition to the 13th-place ranking nationally, the Lions concluded the year fifth in the south region.
Individually, the Lions had a trio of players ranked in the top-50. Aloud Adjenak, Matt-Nicholson-Lewis, and Victor Lozier continued their strong singles performances as they concluded the season 29th, 30th, and 36th, respectively. Both Adjenak and Nicholson-Lewis also finished in the top-15 in the region.
Meanwhile, Nicholson-Lewis and Lozier continued their dominance on the doubles side as the duo finished just outside of the top-10 at No.11 in the country.
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