|Rivera/Zinn First Ranked Doubles Pair at Charlotte|
For the first time in school history, Charlotte women's tennis finds a doubles pair ranked nationally. Charlotte's top doubles pair of senior Andrea Rivera (Lima, Peru) and junior Alexandra Zinn (Trelleborg, Sweden) landed at No. 48 at the Campbell's / Intercollegiate Tennis Association's rankings, posted Tuesday.
The governing body of collegiate tennis, Campbell's/ITA posts new singles and doubles rankings every two weeks, with new team rankings coming out every week.
"I am extremely proud of Andrea and Alex," said Charlotte head coach Michaela Gorman. "They have both been working hard on their doubles this year. I am excited for them and for the program that they have been nationally recognized for their efforts."
The pair is 10-1, winners of the last four matches, leading 7-3 in an unfinished match in that span. They defeated the 43rd-ranked doubles pair last Tuesday at Elon, and won on Saturday at home to a USC Upstate pair that was unbeaten at the start of the week.
Back in 1991, Farah Khursheed was the first Niner to be regionally ranked, earning a No. 27 ranking in the Southeast Region. The women's team earned their only national ranking in 2001, earning a tie for No. 59 on March 21 of that year.
The men's tennis program was nationally ranked as a team in the 2000 and 2001 seasons, with a preseason ranking in 2002. Individually, Roy Sichel is the only tennis player in school history to be ranked as an individual, earning a No. 79 ranking in the ITA in 2006.
The women's team will play a pair of road matches this week, Thursday at Wofford and Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. to meet conference foe St. Bonaventure on a neutral court.