Paraschiv, Ranganathan No. 36 In Initial ITA Doubles Rankings
DENTON, Texas (1/6/09) - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released the first Campbells/ITA College Tennis Rankings of the new year on Tuesday afternoon.
Sophomore Irina Paraschiv, along with junior Madura Ranganathan were the sole representatives of the Mean Green in the polls, as the duo registered a No. 36 national doubles ranking. The pair was also named the Texas regions No. 6 ranked team.
Paraschiv and Ranganathan teamed up to become the first team under head coach Sujay Lama to compete in the ITA All-American, which is the first of the ITA's national championships.
The duo defeated the then No. 8 nationally ranked doubles team of Lenka Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi of Baylor in the quarterfinals of the Wilson/ITA Texas Regional 9-7 before falling to the then No. 13 ranked squad from SMU.
The ITA also released the team rankings Tuesday. Although North Texas isn't among the 75 in the initial rankings, the poll shows just how tough the Mean Green's schedule is.
North Texas will face eight teams in the initial rankings, including trips to No. 8 Florida, No. 10 Georgia Tech, No. 46 Georgia State, No. 36 Tulsa, and No. 53 South Alabama. They will face No. 32 Florida International in Mobile, Ala., a neutral site contest.
The Mean Green will have two visitors ranked in the top 75 this season. Texas Tech comes to Denton on Feb. 6 with a No. 73 ranking and Sun Belt Conference foe Denver, who comes it a No. 49, will be in town April 2.
Lama and the rest of the North Texas tennis team open up their spring schedule Jan. 23 in Jacksonville, Fla., against Jacksonville University before making the short drive to Gainesville for a showdown with the No. 8 ranked Florida Gators.