John Taylor (pictured above) Zach Ganger and earned a No. 43 doubles ranking from the ITA after a good showing in the fall season.
Jan. 13, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's tennis team has earned back a national ranking. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released their latest rankings on Jan. 8, 2007. The team now currently holds a No. 67 national ranking, while Zach Ganger and John Taylor show up on the doubles rankings at No. 43.
"It is good to start the year being nationally ranked in the top 75. We have worked hard in the fall and we have earned that ranking. It is our goal to finish the year in the top 50, so we still have work to do," said assistant coach Roeland Brateanu. "We will have a good opportunity this week to play one or two higher ranked teams and maybe even get up a little bit higher before our regular season really takes off."
The Utes were last seen at the ITA Mountain Region Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. on October 20, 2007. Ganger posted wins over Austin Francis of Air Force (6-4, 6-1), Jim Brouleau of New Mexico State (7-5, 6-2), Kyle McDonald of Montana State (6-4, 7-6), and Kean Feeder of Boise State (6-0, 7-6). The Ute played into the semifinals where Luke Shields from Boise State defeated him 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Ganger and Taylor played into the main draw semifinals of the doubles competition at the regional tournament. The Ute duo fell after a hard fought battle to Max Jones and Kamil Pajkowski (9-7). Ganger and Taylor posted wins over Luke and Clancy Shields of Boise State (8-4), Barlocchi and Campbell of UNLV (8-4), and Keyes and Kovas of Montana State (8-3).