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MENS TENNIS GETS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

November 8, 2012
Earlham College Broadcast Sports



RICHMOND, Ind. — Regional recognition is one thing, but national is another.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association DIII Men's National Rankings have been
released and the Earlham men's tennis doubles duo of Anton Bartashevich and Jack
Ventura-Cruess was ranked 13th in the pre-season poll.

"This is quite the honor for Jack and Anton," Earlham Head Coach Adam Van Zee said.
"They put together a strong fall and deserve every bit of the recognition."

Bartashevich and Ventura-Cruess made it to the finals of the doubles bracket at the
USTA/ITA Men's Division III Central Region Fall Tournament in September.

"I knew they would get into the regional rankings with the strong ITA tournament,
but to get noticed at the national level is a huge leap for Earlham tennis," Van Zee
said. "People throughout Division III tennis will see their names and wonder who is
Earlham, where are they from, and know we are a team on the rise. In the end, we
will have to back up the success with a strong spring season. This is only the first
step."

In the Central Region, Bartashevich and Ventura-Cruess were ranked fourth.

"It's great that we got national recognition for our accomplishments this fall,"
Bartashevich said. "Hopefully, we can continue playing well in the spring and
qualify for the national tournament. We want to continue to move forward and up the
rankings."

As a squad, the Quakers were 18th in the region.

"Our doubles ranking is a testament to what Earlham is working towards,"
Ventura-Cruess said. "We as a team are ready to work harder and challenge the teams
in this region. Personally, rankings have never really meant much to me. It's always
just people across the net with rackets and a ball. Anything can happen."

Earlham finished last season at 19-2 overall with a school record for victories,
while winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship for the
second straight season.

The Quakers start the spring season at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on
Feb. 9, 2013.


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