Texas A&M is Record-High No. 3 in Final Ranking
The final ranking obliterates the Aggies’ previous highest final showing, a No. 15 ranking in 1986.
Under the direction of second-year head coach Howard Joffe and assistant coach Mark Weaver, the Aggies produced the most successful season in school history, including a first-ever appearance in the NCAA Championship finals, where the Aggies narrowly fell, 4-3, to 17-time national champion Stanford.
A&M, which until this year had only once reached the NCAA Championship round of 16, finished the season 26-4, marking the most wins in a season.
The Aggies, who were No. 17 in the 2012 final rankings and were No. 14 in the Jan. 3, 2013, preseason rankings, made a 14th consecutive and 19th overall appearance in the NCAA tournament and were seeded an all-time high No. 3 in the 64-team field. It was only the second time A&M was seeded, as the Aggies were a No. 12 seed in 2004. The Aggies defeated Southern, No. 29 TCU, No. 14 Virginia, No. 6 Miami and No. 7 UCLA en route to the title tilt against the now-No. 1 Cardinal.
In their first season as a member of the prestigious Southeastern Conference, the Aggies went 12-1 to win the SEC regular season championship, A&M’s first SEC regular-season title in any sport. A&M pulled off the biggest victory in the league, knocking off then-two-time defending national champion and fourth-ranked Florida, 4-3, in College Station on March 3. It was A&M’s highest ranked win in school history, and it snapped the Gators’ 37-match winning streak in SEC regular season matches, a streak which began April 5, 2009. It also broke Florida’s 45-match overall win streak against league foes.
The SEC finished with six teams in the final Top 25: Florida (2), Texas A&M (3), Georgia (5), Alabama (11), Vanderbilt (19), and Auburn (25).
For the complete final team rankings, go to itatennis.com.