UCSD Ranked No. 10 in Final ITA National Poll; Elliott Earns All-America Accolades
Courtesy: UCSD Senior Erik Elliott was a huge part of the Tritons' success in 2011, posting a singles record of 17-4.
SKILLMAN, N.J. - After finishing with an overall record of 20-1 in 2011, the UC San Diego men's tennis team was ranked No. 10 in the final Campbell/ITA Division II national poll that was released on Wednesday.
The final singles rankings were also released Wednesday and senior Erik Elliott earned All-America accolades by virtue of his top-20 standing in the poll.
Head coach Eric Steidlmayer led UCSD to a perfect 20-0 dual match record during the regular season, with the Tritons recording victories over nationally-ranked Hawaii Pacific (twice) and defeating Division I opponents UC Riverside, Villanova and Lafayette College along the way.
UCSD wrapped up the regular season with a bang, going 4-0 during the final week to sew up the first undefeated season in program history. The Tritons were awarded the top seed in the West Region and advanced straight to the NCAA Championship Finals in Altamonte Springs, Fla., where they suffered a season-ending 5-0 defeat to Columbus State in the Round of 16.
The Tritons were ranked in the top 25 in all three ITA national polls during the regular season, climbing as high as No. 9 on May 4. The No. 10 final ranking is UCSD's highest since the 2007 squad was ranked No. 7 after going 18-7 and advancing to the national semifinals.
Elliott was ranked No. 18 in the final ITA singles rankings after occupying the top spot on the ladder for UCSD all season. He appeared in all 21 matches for the Tritons, finishing with an overall record of 17-4.
The San Juan Capistrano native becomes UCSD's first All-American since Blake Meister and Eric Rubens were the fourth-ranked doubles duo in 2007.