Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2019
HIALEAH, FL – Having the top junior college tennis program in the country is par for the course for ASA Miami tennis coach Brian Slack.
Having led ASA Miami to a total three national tennis titles (two men’s and one women’s) and owning seven total national championships over his career, it has almost become ho-hum and plebeian for Slack to see “No. 1” next to his teams.
It still draws a smile though.
Slack had a smile and a half late Thursday evening as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its latest rankings and had the ASA Miami women’s team ranked No. 1 in the country and the Silver Storm men ranked No. 2.
The ASA Miami women’s top ranking comes on the heels of the Lady Silver Storm putting together a very strong three-day performance this past weekend – earning victories over Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (9-0), Seward County Community College (8-1), Cowley County Community College (9-0), and Tyler Junior College (5-4).
All four opponents were also ranked in the top 15 of the ITA’s latest rankings, with Tyler women sliding in right behind the Silver Storm at No. 2.
ASA Miami freshman Molly Helgesson earned the highest individual ranking as the ITA’s No. 2 ranked player. Tatiana Simova was ranked No. 4 in the individual rankings while Michaela Krauskova and Soomin Kim were ranked No. 23 and No. 32 respectively. The quartet of girls also paired off and made up the ITA’s top two ranked women’s doubles teams – Simova/Krauskova ranked No. 1 and Kim/Helgesson ranked No. 2.
The Lady Silver Storm, who will face the No. 3 ranked team in the rankings – Hillsborough Community College – in a home match Friday (March 15), have – mostly – met Slack’s preseason expectations of the squad despite it being an entirely new group of girls.
On the men’s side, ASA Miami earned the No. 2 spot in the ITA’s release. The Silver Storm men were slotted behind Tyler Junior College, most likely because the ASA men fell to Tyler 5-4 this past Monday.
Sophomore Toru Horie was the highest ranked individual player for the ASA Miami men at No. 4. Joshua Rose was also in the top 10, ranked No. 6. Sergio Ingles and Matthew Carroll ranked in the top 20 at No. 16 and No. 19 respectively.