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Rux has room to improve despite high ranking

Jan. 20, 2010

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Kerville junior Jordan Rux prepares to return a shot against Texas A&M University on April 8, 2009. Rux enters the season ranked No. 11 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason rankings.

Jeremy Joseph

The nation's No. 11-ranked college tennis player stands the tallest on Baylor's tennis team at 6 feet 5 inches, but he still has a lot of growing left to do.

Kerville junior Jordan Rux realizes that his tennis game still has room to improve.

"I feel like I still have room to grow, especially in the mental area," Rux said. "I'm working at getting mentally more stable when I'm out there."

Rux came to Baylor in 2007 ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in the 18 and under age range.

Rux saw most of his action his freshman year at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots in Baylor's lineup. He put up a 30-11 singles record for that season and was 21-5 in dual match play. He also posted a 24-15 doubles record at the end of the 2007-2008 season.

Rux closed out his first season by having a 15-match singles win streak, the second longest on the team with his last loss coming to No. 67-ranked Ted Angelinos of then top-ranked Virginia on March 1, 2008.

Head coach Matt Knoll thought Rux's freshman year was impressive given the circumstances.

"Jordan came in without a lot of playing experience and ended up having a pretty good freshman year," Knoll said. "He may have been the best sixth in the nation."

Rux entered his sophomore year ranked No. 13, his highest ranking of the season, in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. He was one of two players from Baylor along with Denes Lukacs to be ranked in every edition of the ITA rankings.

Rux jumped from the bottom of Baylor's lineup to the No. 2 spot in the majority of the spring matches in 2008-2009. During this season he finished with a 25-13 singles record and 19-14 doubles record.

"Jordan has matured a lot, but he still has some stuff he needs to work on," Lukacs, an Eger, Hungary senior said. "He's got way stronger physically, and he still needs to work on his mental game. I have no doubt he is going to do well this semester, and he will play well and help the team. "He's a different guy from his freshman year. He's trying hard to do well and work on his weaknesses."

Rux won a share of both the Big 12 regular season No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles titles his sophomore year.

During the 2008-2009 season, Rux was 5-1 against nationally ranked opponents defeating No. 14 Bruno Rosa from Rice University, No. 16-ranked Conor Pollock from Texas A&M University, No. 30-ranked Ed Corrie from Texas, No. 48-ranked Rudy Siwy from Fresno State University and No. 59-ranked Victor Kolik from Tulsa University.

His only loss was against Oleksandr Nedovyesov from Oklahoma State University.

Rux was named the Big 12 Tournament's most outstanding player after winning the deciding point in Baylor's 4-3 win over then No. 15 Texas in the Big 12 championship final with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 64 Ed Corrie.

Rux said he plans to build on last season's success in pursuit of a deeper run in the NCAA Tournament.

"I have a lot of confidence in our team right now, and as long as I'm helping out the team, I'm helping out myself," Rux said. "I am going to handle the pressure better this year because of my prior experience."