East Carolina Back In National Women's ITA Rankings

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Head Coach Tom Morris

March 13, 2013

GREENVILLE, N.C. - For the first time since 2008, the East Carolina women's tennis program has earned a place in the national rankings as it stands No. 72 in this week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division I Poll according to a release from the organization late Tuesday night.

The Pirates, who have posted a 7-3 record so far this spring, are one of six Conference USA teams listed among the top 75 teams in the nation - joining Tulsa (24), Rice (29), Memphis (31), SMU (48) and Tulane (50).

Tom Morris, who is in his 15th season heading the ECU women's team and ranks as the program's all-time winningest coach, has recently directed the Pirates to the top six single-season victory totals in school history over the last eight campaigns.

While the latest rankings reflect East Carolina's first since a No. 63 standing after an 8-0 start on March 5, 2008, the Pirate program also featured a nationally-ranked doubles tandem two years earlier. Current assistant coach Kirstin Burgess and Gillie Bailey paired for a No. 48 rating in the March 23, 2006 poll.

East Carolina, which has won three of its last four matches, will return to action after a 12-day layoff Thursday when it travels to Davidson for a 3 p.m. meeting. The Pirates will close out their brief Spring Break trip by facing Presbyterian on Friday and Furman on Saturday.