OSU Men's Tennis remains in the Oracle/ITA Top Five
The Oklahoma State men's tennis team remained in the top five of the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Team Rankings for a third straight week, as the Cowboys came in at No. 5 in Tuesday's rankings.
Oklahoma State has now been ranked inside the ITA's top-30 for 33 consecutive weeks, which includes being ranked in the top 15 for the duration of the season up to this point.
With the Cowboys leading the pack, the Big 12 Conference continues to be a fixture at the top of the ITA Rankings, as Baylor (No. 6), Texas (No. 8) and Oklahoma (No. 9) join OSU in the top-10. The league's four top-10 teams is the most for any conference this season.
There were no updated individual rankings released this week, meaning that five Cowboys will hold onto their spots for another week.
Julian Cash leads the Cowboys in the singles rankings, as the right-hander is currently ranked No. 22 in the nation. Cash is the first Cowboy to crack the top-25 since Oleksandr Nedovyesov did so in 2010.
The junior is joined in the top-100 of the singles rankings by his doubles partner Arjun Kadhe, who sits at a career-best No. 54, and Lukas Finzelberg, who occupies the No. 62 spot. Lucas Gerch is the final member of a quartet of Cowboys in the singles rankings, as the senior currently is ranked No. 124.
Cash and Kadhe, ranked No. 3 in the nation, remain Oklahoma State's highest-ranked doubles tandem this week. The duo has won 20 matches this season and are currently riding a five-match winning streak. The right-handers have been ranked in the top five for the entirety of the 2016-17 season up to this point.
Kadhe is also ranked in doubles with fellow senior Gerch, occupying the No. 31 spot. Gerch and Kadhe's ranking came after the duo stormed through the field at the 128th Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship in La Jolla, California two weekends ago. The senior tandem won six matches over three days, including two wins over ITA-ranked tandems, en route to winning the tournament.
Their triumph marked the third-straight year that an OSU tandem has won the prestigious tournament, with Gerch and Nicolai Ferrigno winning in 2015, and Kadhe taking the crown with Julian Cash last season.
Gerch, like Kadhe, also holds a second doubles ranking, as he and Jurence Mendoza currently sit at No. 71. The pair of left-handers has won 11 matches this season while primarily competing at the No. 2 doubles position for the Cowboys.
Up next for the fourth-ranked Cowboys is a trip to Las Vegas this weekend for a St. Patrick's Day-doubleheader against UNLV and Montana. OSU is 9-5 all-time against the Rebels, including wins in each of the past two seasons. Friday's matchup will be the first for the Cowboys against the Grizzlies.