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MTEN: Pirates end season with first-ever national ranking

Posted May 28

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The East Carolina University men's tennis team's season ended with the first-ever final national ranking in program history. The Pirates were tabbed No. 73 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national team rankings.

"It's something we've been working towards and it's great for our guys," ECU Head Coach Shawn Heinchon said. "It's not so much finishing in the rankings that we as coaches feel makes us successful; it's having our guys live up to their ability. Watching these guys develop and improve through the course of the season was very gratifying.

"We had some great senior leadership this past year. Joran (Vliegen) not only rewrote our entire individual records book, but he also showed us what is possible for us to accomplish as a team."

The Pirates (18-7 overall, 2-0 C-USA) earned ECU's first-ever national tennis ranking back on April 15, coming in at No. 72.

The Pirates also finished the season with the second-most single-season victories in program history, including their first-ever win over a ranked opponent; defeating No. 44 Elon on April 12. They also advanced to the semifinals of the Conference USA Championship tournament for the first time.

ECU's 18 victories came while playing one of the toughest schedules in team history, facing four nationally ranked opponents on the road and one at a neutral site.

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Final
UNC 78
UCLA 56
4th
TEXAM 10
LSU 20
 
4th
TEX 10
TCU 27
 
Final
TENN 64
SCU 57
Final
RMU 71
LAMON 54
Final
BUT 46
OKLA 59
Final
BRO 58
PEAY 79
Final
UTEP 62
PRIN 56
Final
CHAT 78
CCAR 67
Final
RIU 60
KU 76
Final
USCU 68
FIU 53
Final
GEOR 65
WISC 68
Final
USB 73
LIU 54
Final
XAV 82
SDU 71
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INDST 62
ILL 88
Final
WRST 62
CSFU 67
Final
STJOE 59
WKENT 62
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RIDE 45
MSU 77
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UNC 78
UCLA 56
2nd
WMICH 51
LBSU 59
 
2nd
GT 47
MARQ 53
 
2nd
PVU 28
STEPH 37
 
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MERC 33
RICE 28
 
Half
UF 27
UAB 22
 
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3rd
NAS 0
EDM 0
 
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DET 34
CHI 17
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DAL 10
PHI 33
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SFX 0
SEA 16