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For the first time since Matias Carcamo in 2008, Georgetown College men's tennis has a singles player in the national rankings, which were released recently by the ITA.
Senior Benjamin Aspillaga was tabbed the 36th best men's singles' player in the Top 50. Only four other Mid-South Conference players are ranked higher - two from Lindsey Wilson College, one from Cumberland University and one from University of Pikeville. In the East Regional rankings, Aspillaga is the fifth best player just behind Pikeville's Dmitry Babenkov.
The Chilean also is ranked in doubles with partner Ryne Least. The newly formed pair this fall is ranked 22nd, the third MSC tandem to be ranked. In the regional rankings, Aspillaga-Least are tied for third and are the top listed team from the conference.
"This is very exciting for our program," said GC coach and alum Jessica Cunningham. "When Michael (Cunningham) and I came back to Georgetown, this was part of our vision. We had been part of the success and tradition here that had players ranked and Georgetown in the national rankings.
"Before Matias, Michael and Edgar Saborit are the only Tiger men to be ranked nationally. This is huge for Benji and a real nod to his dedication this past year to stepping up his game."
The good news did not end there for the tennis program. Junior Gustavo Echeverria was tabbed 11th in singles in the region, while senior Haley Hart was 14th on the women's side. Hart is behind two conference foes - one from University of the Cumberlands and one from Campbellsville University.
Tennis' spring action starts in February for the men, while the women play one match in January before really getting into gear in February.
"Officially having one year under our belt and having such a great fall season, we are really excited about what this spring holds," Cunningham said. "We closed on an extremely good note this past spring, which translated to the fall. People are taking notice and now is the time to really step it up."