The College of Charleston men's tennis team claimed its second-highest final ITA ranking in program history on Tuesday, officially finishing the 2014 season as the No. 74-ranked team in the country.
"We had a young team with great leadership that showed up to compete every match," said College of Charleston men's head tennis coach Jay Bruner. "This is a good step for us to be recognized on the national scene in this way, and we know the work it takes to improve on this benchmark for future seasons. We are headed in the right direction as a program, and the team will continue to improve on this achievement over the next few years."
In their inaugural Colonial Athletic Association campaign, the Cougars were strong throughout. After taking three of their first six matches against some of the nation's elite talent, the Cougars rattled off 13 wins over their next 15 matches, climbing as high as No. 65 in the ITA rankings heading in to the conference tournament.
Getting their first taste of CAA Championship competition, the Cougars downed Delaware and William and Mary in the opening rounds to reach the championship match, where they eventually fell to the top-seeded Seahawks of UNC Wilmington.\
Citadel volleyball head coach Amir Khaledi announced on Tuesday that former Bulldog standout Jessica (Maas) Tkach has joined the staff as an assistant coach.
Tkach earned her undergraduate degree in political science from The Citadel in 2011 with a 3.75 GPA and was an eight-time member of the Dean's List. She was also a seven-time Goldstar recipient, awarded to those students who attained a 3.70 or higher.
On three occasions Tkach placed on the Southern Conference's All-Academic team and was a Commissioner's Medal recipient.
Tkach, a 2011 graduate of The Citadel, capped off her four-year career with 958 kills (2.23 kills per set) and a .230 attack percentage. As the Dogs' middle blocker she finished with 44 solo blocks, 204 assisted blocks and 250 total blocks.
The Richmond, Texas, native still ranks in the top five in career kills (fifth), attack percentage (fifth), assisted blocks (first) and total blocks (fifth).