February 19, 2009

Sophomore Dean O'Brien earns ITA National Ranking

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - It was just a year ago that the Tennessee Tech men's tennis team had its first player earn a singles ranking in program history. Well, it now has two.

Sophomore Dean O'Brien has cracked into the rankings at the No. 113 spot in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings released today. Student assistant coach Borja Zarco is the only other player in Golden Eagle history to earn a single ranking which he had last season. He finished the season at the No. 107 spot.

"Dean has had a tremendous start to the year and we expect great things from him for the 2009 season," said coach Dan Silverstein. "He is such a coachable young man.:

O'Brien is 3-0 this spring all at the top singles spot. His biggest win came over then No. 29 Clint Bowles at Florida State on January 17. He has also picked up wins over Florida A&M as well as former OVC rival Middle Tennessee.

But Silverstein is wanting to share credit for getting O'Brien into the rankings.

"Coach Zarco has a lot to do when it comes to getting dean ranked in the top 125. Borja and Dean are probably the hardest working assistant coach and player I have ever been fortunate to be around. Their work ethic is unmatched."