Ranking The Programs: #16

Our rankings of the athletic programs at West Virginia University begins with one that has struggled mightily over the past few years while enduring a coaching change.

Three of our four evaluators put the women's tennis program at #16 in their rankings, while the other placed it just one spot higher at #15. Using our ranking methodology, that easily put it in the unenviable lowest spot on our list. That doesn't mean the Mountaineers can't improve, but it clearly has the most ground to cover as it strives for respectability.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
PROGRAM
VOTER
RANKING
POINTS
W TENNIS
Greg
16th
1
W TENNIS
Matt
16th
1
W TENNIS
Michael
15th
2
W TENNIS
Kevin
16th
1

Greg Hunter: (16th) As coach Miha Lisac approaches his second season as West Virginia's head women's tennis coach, he has a huge mountain to climb. The Mountaineers have never been on the national radar in the women's college tennis scene, and even the minor achievements of the past, which came against schedules heavily laced with Division II schools, seem a distant memory.

WVU hasn't posted a winning record since 2010, as it was 8-14, 4-16, 4-17 and 3-18 in the succeeding seasons since. West Virginia has yet to win a match against Big 12 competition in its two seasons in the league, and this past year may have been the all-time worst, as the Mountaineers' only three victories came against Division II foes – California (Pa.), University of Charleston (W.Va.) and West Virginia State. Its facilities pale in comparison to most others in the Big 12, and even the team's APR (947) was fourth from the bottom of all at WVU.

Matt Keller: (16th) The women's tennis team was the worst performing program overall, going 3-18 and 0-10 in the Big 12 while getting swept in straight sets in eight of the matches. It didn't defeat a Division I team, and is handicapped by a lack of decent facilities.

Michael Carvelli: (15th) Head coach Miha Lisac had a rough go in his first season at West Virginia after replacing Tina Samara. There are a lot of things he still needs to do before getting the Mountaineer program to where it wants to be, and that begins with bringing in high-quality players who can compete and help WVU get back on track. But it's still a little early to tell what the program will look like under Lisac until he gets another year or so to bring in the players he wants and turns the program into what he envisions it being.

Kevin Kinder: (16th) There's no blame here for head coach Miha Lisac, who has been on the job for just one season after replacing the aborted coaching regime of Tina Samara. WVU's previous strategy of recruiting overseas hasn't panned out well, and the program has simply been non-competitive in Big 12 play. Add in facilities that are at the bottom of the heap at West Virginia, and there's little wonder that the program is a clear choice for the bottom slot.

WVU ATHLETIC PROGRAM RANKINGS
PROGRAM
RANKINGS
POINTS
SCORE
W TENNIS
16/16/15/16
5
1.25

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