Sept. 8, 2008
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Texas A&M's Conor Pollock (pronounced PAUL-luck), Austin Krajicek (pronounced CRY-check), Wil Spencer and Chris Chirico (pronounced CHUH-ree-co) were among the top collegiate tennis players in the country to headline the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason rankings released on Monday.
Pollock, a San Antonio native entering his senior season for the Aggies, came in at No. 17 after posting a 22-15 overall record a year ago including 14 dual match victories at No. 1 singles. The two-time All-Big 12 singles selection is four wins away from entering the career 50-Win Club at A&M. He and sophomore Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) earned All-America honors after reaching the NCAA Doubles Championship semifinals for the first time in school history in May. It's no surprise that the duo returns as one of the top combinations in all of college tennis this season earning a preseason No. 4 ranking in doubles after finishing the 2007-08 campaign with a near flawless 10-1 dual record.
Krajicek and sophomore Wil Spencer (Ponce de Leon, Fla.) were ranked No. 97 and No. 102 respectively in singles after turning in one of the best freshmen seasons in program history in 2007-08. Krajicek, fresh off a wild-card berth in the U.S. Open, posted a team-best 16-7 dual-match record playing primarily at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. He earned All-Big 12 honors in singles and doubles and was named co-Big 12 Freshman and Newcomer of the Year by the league's head coaches.
Spencer, meanwhile, turned in a 13-11 dual mark at both the No. 2 and No. 3 lines and earned a spot in last year's ITA singles and doubles rankings along with Pollock and Krajicek. He and junior Chris Chirico (Philadelphia, Pa.) round out A&M's top returning players from its 2008 NCAA Tournament squad. Spencer and Chirico were also tabbed among the top 50 doubles teams in the nation at No. 45.
The Aggies open fall tournament play at the Lubbock Challenger on Sept. 20-24 in Lubbock, Texas, and the Baylor Invitational on Sept. 26-28 in Waco, Texas.