TEMPE, Ariz. – Senior Mazen Osama and sophomore Patrick Kaukovalta concluded their historic season tied for a program-best No. 4 in the nation in the final Oracle/ITA Doubles Rankings of the season released on Wednesday. The duo ended the year as the national runner-up in the NCAA Doubles Championships, marking the first national championship appearance in program history.
This is Osama’s second time being ranked at No. 4 in doubles after earning the ranking with partner Korey Lovett in 2016. Osama and Kaukovalta finished their season with a 19-8 record after falling in the NCAA Doubles National Championship to undefeated Cressy/Smith of UCLA on Saturday, May 25. The two also earned All-America honors after winning its first two matches in the tournament.
In addition to the doubles rankings, Osama ended his career at No. 38 in the singles rankings, while junior Edson Ortiz finished with a career-best No. 78 ranking. Both Osama and Ortiz earned First Team All-SEC honors this season, which was the first time Alabama men’s tennis has sported two individuals with first-team honors in the same season since 2000.
As a team, the Crimson Tide spent the first 10 weeks ranked in the top-25, including moving to as high as No. 16 on Feb. 20. The team was also ranked in the top-25 for 14 of 16 weeks during the dual match season and concluded the year at No. 28.