Vashaun Newman
Men's Tennis

UTSA reaches another program-high national ranking

TEMPE, Ariz. – The UTSA men's tennis program has once again achieved a historical program best in the national rankings, reaching No. 34 in the latest ITA Division I Men's National Computerized Rankings sponsored by Tennis-Point for April 4, 2023.

Still at work on one of the best seasons in program history, UTSA moves into its eighth week in the national rankings, and seventh week residing among the national Top 50. With a 16-4 record and 14 consecutive victories, the Roadrunners currently own the nation's longest active win streak.

"Reaching the Top 35 was our goal for the last four weeks," fourth-year head coach Sergey Avdeyev said. "I am so happy we were able to achieve that at this point in the season. March had been the best month for us, and a lot of records were set, but we've still got more work to do."

On Monday, the Roadrunners also earned recognition as the ITA's Division I Team of the Month for March, after delivering a 9-0 record on the month – including three ranked victories.

The No. 34 ranking surpasses the previous high of 37 from earlier this season – rising above a then-program-high 47th, which was at that time the highest ranking since the 2015 team.
In addition, after rising as high as No. 6 nationally following their ITA Texas Region Championship in the fall, junior Alan Magadan and senior Sebastian Rodriguez remain in the national doubles standings – coming in at No. 21 in the April 4 listings.

The Roadrunners are on the verge of matching win totals with the most-successful modern team, the 2015 UTSA squad that went 17-9, swept their way to a Conference USA Championship and made the last program appearance in the NCAA Championships. For the 2023 team, the only losses have come against ranked opponents: current No. 1 Texas, No. 42 Oklahoma, No. 32 UC Santa Barbara and No. 55 SMU. The setback to SMU on Feb. 12 was the last loss on record for the Roadrunners. UTSA has earned wins over five ranked foes so far this season.
UTSA was out of action last week and is sitting atop the Conference USA standings. The Roadrunners next take the court on Saturday, April 8 in Houston against 71st-ranked Rice at the Owls' George R. Brown Tennis Center – the same facility hosting the Conference USA Championships, Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23.