Men's Tennis
Three Wildcats Score ITA Preseason Singles Rankings

Seniors Tigran Martirosyan and Jesse Witten and junior Nate Emge each have landed preseason singles rankings from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

Witten, a 2002 NCAA singles runner-up from Naples, Fla., enters the fall season with the No. 3 menís singles ranking after a strong junior season and a solid summer. After ending the spring with a No. 7 ITA ranking, Witten went on a tear on the USTA Circuit, where he competed as an amateur as a member of the USA Tennis Collegiate Team. Witten won a USTA futures event in Joplin, Mo., and finished as the runner-up at the Peoria, Ill., futures event and the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships at UKís Boone Tennis Complex. The No. 3 ranking is his highest rank since he captured the No. 1 overall ranking in the fall of 2002.

Martirosyan, a senior from Yerevan, Armenia, was a pleasant surprise in 2004 after transferring from Loyola Marymount. Martirosyan made the All-SEC second team after compiling a 32-10 singles record, including an 8-3 mark in conference play. He enters the fall with a No. 53 singles ranking.

Emge also made a splash as a transfer after coming to Lexington from Penn State. The Evansville, Ind., native finished the 2004 campaign with a 25-13 record and spent several weeks in the ITA rankings a season ago. Emge begins the fall ranked No. 119.

Kentucky commences the 2004-05 season next weekend at the Southern Intercollegiates in Athens, Ga. and the Kentucky Fall Invitational in Lexington.



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