Mateo Repeats as ITA Singles All-American

Mateo Repeats as ITA Singles All-American

Tempe, Ariz. – For the second year in a row, Jean-Baptiste Mateo of the Lynn University men's tennis team was tabbed an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American in singles with the announcement of the final national rankings released this week.

ITA All-Americans are determined by the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis National Rankings. For singles, the student-athlete must finish in the top 20 while doubles pairs must have a top-10 rank at the completion of the season.

After entering the singles national rankings on March 21 at the No. 8 spot, Mateo has held within the nation's top-11 throughout the final eight polls of the year with a high mark of No. 5. He finishes the season as the No. 6 ranked singles player in Division II to secure the All-America accolade.

The Fighting Knights have produced at least one singles All-American in 13 of the past 16 seasons. Mateo is the first from the program to garner the honor in back-to-back years since Willi Wolfer in 2012 and 2013.

As Lynn's top singles player this season, Mateo finished the 2018 campaign with a 16-4 overall record, going 7-3 at the top flight and 9-1 at the No. 2 position. He logged a critical 7-1 singles mark in Sunshine State Conference matches and posted a 7-3 record against nationally-ranked opponents. Mateo's marquee victory came in the NCAA South Region II Final, where he upset Saint Leo's Thomas Grinberg, the top-ranked player in the country and SSC Player of the Year, to give his squad a 5-4 victory and a berth to the NCAA National Championships.

Throughout his three-year career in the Blue and White, Mateo held an impressive 52-5 singles record, marking one of the highest winning percentages in program history (91.2%). He finishes as a two-time singles ITA All-American, a two-time All-SSC Singles First Team selection and is one of only two players in program history to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning second-team accolades last season. Last year as a junior, the Marseille, France, product boasted a perfect 23-0 singles record, the only Fighting Knight to tally 23 singles wins in a season since Lynn joined the NCAA in 1997.

As a team, the Fighting Knights conclude the 2018 season as the No. 5 ranked team in Division II. Lynn has been nationally ranked throughout the entire course of the season, debuting as the No. 6 team before spending two weeks at No. 3. The Blue and White held the No. 5 position for the final seven polls of the year. Columbus State, the 2018 national champions, flop with Barry for the top two spots. Saint Leo and Lander come in just ahead of Lynn to round out the top five.

Teammates Kay Bartmann (No. 38) and Tristan Houle (No. 53) also finished the season nationally ranked in singles while Bartmann and Florian Clemares claim the No. 39 spot in the final doubles poll.

The Fighting Knights posted a 17-7 record in 2018 and seized their 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Seven letter winners are expected to return to next years' squad, including four members from this season's starting lineup.

View the final rankings HERE.