UNCA's Nolan and Patten move up to No. 1 nationally in doubles tennis

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UNC Asheville's Oli Nolan and Henry Patten moved up to No. 1 in the latest Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

UNC Asheville's national championship-winning doubles pairing of Oli Nolan and Henry Patten have moved up to No. 1 nationally in the latest Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings released Wednesday.

The No. 1 ranking is the highest doubles ranking in Big South tennis history, and it is the highest a Bulldogs tennis duo has ever been ranked.

Coming out of the fall, Nolan and Patten were ranked second in the poll that was released in November.

Nolan of Patten are undefeated on the 2018-19 season and is 2-0 this spring. They earned a 6-2 win over Ayers and Jakob Nielsen, of George Mason, at No. 1 doubles Saturday, Feb. 2. Patten and Nolan garnered a 6-4 win over Ronny Georgi and Marques, of East Carolina, at No. 1 doubles Sunday, Feb. 3.

Nolan and Patten secured a national championship Nov. 11, 2018, with a 6-2, 6-1 win over then nationally 42nd-ranked Bjorn Thomson and Parker Wynn, of Texas Tech, in the championship match of the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships at Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex.

Patten was also voted by the ITA Officials at the event to receive the Sportsmanship Award for the 2018 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.

The championship match win for Nolan and Patten were undefeated during the fall and won three titles, including the national championship.

Nolan and Patten and the undefeated UNCA men's tennis team (4-0) faced Tusculum on Wednesday afternoon, before hosting Chattanooga at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown.

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