ITA Division II men’s rankings include Poboril, Tiberti, Smoljan, Roessle
SKILLMAN, N.J. (Nov. 17, 2012) – Oklahoma Christian’s Martin Poboril, Bruno Tiberti, Josip Smoljan and Paulo Roessle have earned mention in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s NCAA Division II fall men’s rankings, issued late Friday.
In the national rankings, Poboril, a senior from Pribram, Czech Republic, was No. 33 in singles, while Bruno Tiberti, a junior from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was No. 41. Poboril reached the semifinals of the ITA South Central Regional in Abilene, Texas, in September, while Tiberti fell in the third round of the 64-player event.
As a doubles duo, Tiberti and Poboril were ranked No. 8 nationally. They lost in the final of the South Central Regional.
Tiberti ended the 2012 spring season ranked No. 1 in singles in the NAIA, while Poboril was No. 9. In doubles they were ranked No. 2. Both played key roles in leading OC to the 2012 NAIA title, the program’s second national championship.
In the South Central Region singles rankings, Poboril was No. 3, Tiberti was No. 5 and Smoljan, a freshman from Citluk, Bosnia and Herzegovina, was No. 12. In doubles, Poboril and Tiberti were No. 2, with Roessle (a senior from Sao Paulo) and Smoljan at No. 4. The OC duos played each other in the regional semifinals, with Poboril and Tiberti winning.
OC and two other former NAIA powers making the transition into Division II, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and Fresno Pacific (Calif.), were not included in the fall team rankings but will be eligible to be ranked once spring competition begins, the ITA said.
Of the 10 teams in the regional rankings, the Eagles beat five of them – including four of the top five – last season en route to finishing 20-3.