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Duke Lands Four in Final ITA Rankings

Duke Lands Four in Final ITA Rankings

DURHAM – Two Duke men’s tennis singles players and two doubles pairings were listed in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings the organization announced.
In singles play, redshirt senior Garrett Johns secured the No. 29 spot, while sophomore Pedro Rodenas claimed the No. 41 position. The doubles tandems of Johns and Rodenas (No. 2) and graduate students Michael Heller and Andrew Zhang (No. 81) were ranked as well.
As Duke’s top singles player, Johns concluded the year with a 16-7 overall ledger to earn First Team All-ACC honors. The Atlanta, Ga., native posted a 16-6 dual record to go along with his 9-6 mark against nationally ranked players, including a 6-2, 6-4 victory over No. 11 Cooper Williams of No. 8 Harvard. He was tied for the team lead with six match-clinching wins with five of those six wins coming against nationally-ranked programs.
Rodenas received postseason All-ACC second team praise for the second-straight year and led the team with 26 overall singles wins, including a team-leading 18 dual wins. Throughout the season, Rodenas played on Duke’s top two courts and held a winning record on each, including a 15-8 mark on court two. The Madrid, Spain, native tallied two match-clinching victory against Middle Tennessee State to win the Durham ITA Kickoff Weekend and against No. 28 North Carolina to send Duke into the ACC Championship semifinals. In addition, he held a team-leading 11-9 ledger against nationally-ranked opponents.
Johns and Rodenas also teamed up in doubles play and were tabbed ITA All-Americans after notching a 22-5 overall mark this past season. The First Team All-ACC selections played on Duke’s top two courts and held a winning record on both, including a 17-4 on court one. They finished ACC play with a 9-1 ledger and went an impressive 16-4 against nationally-ranked opponents, including victories over the No. 1, No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 ranked duos. Heller and Zhang registered a 19-14 overall mark on the year with an 11-10 dual match record.  

For the second consecutive season and for the eighth time under the direction of head coach Ramsey Smith, Duke finished with a top-15 national team ranking in the final ITA poll after securing the No. 14 spot.


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