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Tennis Teams Boast No. 2 Recruiting Classes, Final Regional Rankings Announced
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/04/2007
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Senior Peter Rodrigues and sophomore Melissa Mang were each among the final regional and national singles listings.
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men’s and women’s tennis teams each continue to hold the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation, as was announced by TennisRecruiting.net over the past week. In February, both Blue Devil teams held the same ranking for incoming classes, as the Duke women look to bring in two top-notch recruits and the Blue Devil men look forward to the arrival of four standout student-athletes.

The Blue Devil women will add Reka Zsilinszka and Ellah Nze to their 2007-08 roster, as the class ranks second behind USC’s class of four. Rounding out the top five are Arizona State, UCLA and Kentucky. The next-highest ACC school is Wake Forest, which is tied for 14th.

The Duke women finished the 2007 season ranked fifth in the Southeast Region and 21st nationally, after posting a ledger of 12-11 (5-6 ACC). Daniela Bercek had the highest ranking in the final singles listings, released June 1, as the senior ends her collegiate career with a regional ranking of No. 12 and a national ranking of No. 86. Sophomore Melissa Mang came in at No. 16 and 102, respectively, while freshman Elizabeth Plotkin received a regional ranking of No. 28.

Bercek and Mang combine to form the 15th-ranked doubles tandem in the country to end the season, while the duo comes in at No. 4 regionally. Bercek and Plotkin were also among the final national listings, coming in at No. 34.

The Blue Devil men will add Reid Carleton, Jared Pinsky, Christopher Price and Alain Michel to their 2007-08 roster, as the class of four ranks second behind Florida’s class of five. Baylor sits at No. 3 in the poll, while Stanford, Michigan and UCLA rank tied for fourth. The next-highest ACC school is Virginia, which comes in at No. 8.

The Duke men finished the 2007 season ranked fourth in the Mideast Region and 17th nationally, after posting a record of 16-10 (8-3 ACC). Peter Rodrigues had the highest ranking in the final singles listings, released June 1, as the senior ends his collegiate career with a regional ranking of No. 7 and a national ranking of No. 69. Sophomore Kiril Dimitrov ranks 15th in the region and boasts a national ranking of 97, while senior Joey Atas ranks 17th and 107th, respectively. Freshman Dylan Arnould received a regional ranking of No. 32.

tas combines with junior David Goulet to form the No. 3 doubles team in the region to end the season, while the duo ranks ninth nationally. The doubles tandem of Rodrigues and Dimitrov ranks 16th regionally.


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