Tennis Continues to Rake in Awards, Rankings

Red Raider and Lady Raider tennis might have their seasons over already, but the accolades and final rankings continue to roll in, with Tech ranking among the best in the country.

Even though the seasons for both the Red Raider and Lady Raider tennis squads are over, the post-season accolades continue to roll in.

After finishing as the National Runner-ups in the NCAA Men's Doubles Championships, Gonzalo Escobar and Raony Carvalho received yet more honors.

Entering the NCAA Doubles Championships, the tandem was ranked No. 18 in the country, but after the magical and historical run, which landed them in the National Championship match, the new ITA Poll reflects their accomplishments with a new ranking – No. 3.

This marks the highest ranking in program history for any doubles team, and is the highest since 2009, when Carvalho was paired with Christian Rojmar and were ranked No. 7 in the country.

Along with receiving the ranking, on Thursday the duo were also named ITA All-American Doubles players, becoming the first players in Tech history to be All-Americans.

On top of being named an All-American Doubles player, Escobar also received the ITA All-American status for his singles play as well.

Escobar finishes his Tech career as the winningest player in history with 99 singles victories and 82 doubles victories, both ranking first in Red Raider history.

On the women's side, after a season where there were a lot of firsts – first Big 12 Regular season title and first NCAA Appearance.

The Lady Raiders added another accomplishment to the list.

Samantha Adams, who was named the 2013 ITA Player to Watch, and Kenna Kilgo finished the season as the No. 15 doubles tandem in the ITA Poll released on Wednesday.

This marks the highest finish by any Lady Raider duo since Beverly Dawson and Irina Tereschenko finished the 2003 season as No. 38 team.

Adams and Kilgo, who started the season as the No. 45 doubles team in the country, posted a 25-8 overall record and earned a spot in the NCAA Women's Doubles Championships, marking the first time since 1988 a Tech duo has made it into post-season play.

Along with being a part of a Top 15 doubles team, Adams also finished the season as the No. 115 singles player in the country as well.


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