SKILLMAN, N.J. — The UTSA men's tennis doubles team of Joel Rubio and Tomas Stillman debuted at No. 16 in the first edition of the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Doubles Rankings that were released on Tuesday.
The juniors have combined for a perfect 4-0 record at the Roadrunners' No. 2 position through the first five dual matches of the spring season. They are the highest-ranked doubles team in Conference USA, coming in four spots ahead of Tulsa's Dylan McCloskey and Clifford Marsland. It also marks the highest national ranking in school history for a doubles team and the first since Andre Moreira and Rodrigo Morgado were No. 75 on April 14, 2009.
Rubio, a native of Arnedo, Spain, and Stillman, who hails from Harlingen, opened the campaign with a 6-4 victory against the Texas Tech duo of Felipe Soares and Johann Willems on Jan. 18. A week later, the tandem pulled off a 6-4 upset of Texas A&M's then-No. 20-ranked team of Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo (now No. 29) in College Station.
In last Saturday's home opener, Rubio and Stillman blanked Maximo Agoglia and Patrick Clynes of NCAA Division II No. 25 St. Edward's, 6-0, in a 6-1 UTSA win. They followed that with a 6-2 decision over Greg Haugen and Jordan Mayer of NCAA Division III No. 8 Trinity, 6-2, in a 4-3 Roadrunners' victory.
UTSA (2-3) returns to action against No. 69 Samford at 2 p.m. on Friday in Birmingham, Ala.
As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA administers the ITA College Tennis Rankings (team/singles/doubles) that are designed to track the top men and women teams and singles and doubles players in NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, junior colleges and California JUCOs.