The final rankings for men's and women's tennis were released on Tuesday with the Red Raiders finding themselves in familiar territory and the Lady Raiders in unfamiliar waters – the ITA Top 25.
Lady Raiders Finish Historic Season in Top 25
For the first time in program history, after one of the most successful seasons in Lady Raider tennis history, Tech finished the season as the No. 22 team in the country.
Last season the Lady Raiders finished the season as the No. 48 team.
The Lady Raiders finished the 2012 campaign 19-6 overall and 8-1 in Big 12 Conference play, claiming their first ever regular season Big 12 title and making their first trip to the NCAA Tournament as well.
Tech fell in the first round of the tourney losing 4-3 to Utah, second time in the season the Lady Raiders lost to the Utes.
Looking towards the 2013 season for the Lady Raiders, Tech head coach Todd Petty, who garnered his second-straight Big 12 Coach of the Year Award, will have all of his players coming back including three seniors in Elizabeth Ullathorne, Caroline Starck and Sandra Dynka.
Petty also earned the ITA Texas Regional Coach of the Year Award, marking the first Lady Raider Tennis head coach to ever win the award, and also Samantha Adams, who earned Big 12 Player of the Week Honors earlier this season, was name the 2013 ITA Texas Regional Player to Watch as well.
Along with the players that will be coming back in 2013, Sofya Malysheva will be joining the program as well.
Red Raiders Finish in Top 25 for Fourth Time in Last Five Seasons
For the Red Raiders, one word can describe their last few seasons – consistent.
Tech men's tennis for the fourth out of the last five seasons finished the season in the ITA Top 25.
The Red Raiders checked in after this past season at No. 23 in the country.
Among Big 12 squads, Tech was one of three squads from the Big 12 to finish in the Top 25, joining No. 18 Baylor and No. 10 Oklahoma.
The Top 25 finish also marks the 20th-straight season the Red Raiders have finished in the ITA Top 75.
The Red Raiders finished the season 16-9 overall and 4-1 in Big 12 play, which was good for second place.
Tech made it into the second round of the NCAA Championships before falling to California, 4-3.
Looking towards 2013 for the Red Raiders, it will be hard to replace the dynamic duo of Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar, with the duo making it to the National Championship in doubles and finished their careers as two of the winningest players in Tech history.
Despite losing Carvalho, Escobar and Rafael Garcia, the Red Raiders will be returning a strong senior class of Raphael Pfister, Vitor Manzini, Jeff Bryan and Gabriel Wanderley.
Joining the Red Raiders will be Louis Fabre, a native of Paris, France, who was also being recruited by Illinois, Pepperdine, Louisville, Mississippi State and Tulsa - four of those five teams finished above the Red Raiders in the final ITA Poll.