SKILLMAN, N.J. - The University of North Carolina men's tennis team is ranked seventh in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll of the 2014 season, the highest ever ranking in school history.
Coach Sam Paul's Tar Heels finished the year 27-6 and reached the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 1992.
Since the ITA began polling in the 1980s, this is Carolina's third top 10 finish, joining the 1992 team which placed eighth and the 2007 squad which finished seventh.
The Top 10 of the final poll in order includes NCAA champion USC followed by Oklahoma, UCLA, Virginia, Ohio State, Baylor, North Carolina, Texas, Georgia and Texas A&M.
Altogether, North Carolina is one of just four schools in the country whose women's and men's teams both finished the 2014 tennis season ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
North Carolina - Women 3rd, Men 7th
Georgia - Men 9th, Women 4th
UCLA - Men 3rd, Women 1st
Virginia - Men 4th, Women 7th
The Carolina men's seventh place finish has only been topped in school history by third place finishes in 1947 and 1948 and a fifth place finish in 1972. At that point in time, the NCAA Championship finish was determined by an individually flighted tournament with players earning points for victories as they advanced through the singles and doubles brackets.