CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia men's tennis team is ranked No. 1 in the 2014 preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, released Thursday. It marks the fifth time in the past nine seasons the Cavaliers open the year as the nation's top-ranked team.
The reigning NCAA champion Cavaliers have five singles players and one doubles team in the latest individual rankings, also released Thursday.
Junior Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.), who won the ITA All-American singles title in the fall, opens the spring ranked No. 3 nationally. First-years Jordan Daigle (Lafayette, La.) and J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) earned their first career singles rankings at No. 43 and No. 107, respectively, while sophomore Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) is ranked No. 94 and senior Justin Shane (Falls Church, Va.) is ranked No. 115.
In doubles, the duo of Frank and Styslinger begin the spring ranked No. 32 nationally.
The Cavaliers open the dual match season on Jan. 24-25 with the ITA Kickoff Weekend. The event, which serves as a qualifying tournament for the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championships, features four teams competing at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club. Virginia plays No. 64 Elon in the first round on Jan. 24 and will play either No. 56 Indiana or No. 63 Samford on Jan. 25.