SKILLMAN, NJ (Sept. 6) - With the 2013-14
college tennis season just getting underway for most teams around the
country, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced the ITA
Division I Women's Preseason Rankings, along with the selections for the
2013 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships.
ITA Announces 2013 ITA Division I Women's Preseason Rankings
Selections for the 2013 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships also released
The Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, CA, will serve as the host site for the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. The national event is set to begin on Saturday, September 28 with pre-qualifying singles and doubles matches, which will once again be hosted by UCLA. Main draw action is slated for Thursday, October 3-6.
This year's singles field will be loaded with talent as always, led by returning All-American Sabrina Santamaria from USC. A junior, Santamaria enters the event as No. 1 in the preseason singles rankings and No. 1 in the doubles preseason rankings with partner Kaitlyn Christian. Santamaria finished the 2012-2013 season with a 31-5 singles record and as the No. 3 ranked player in the ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings.
UCLA's Robin Anderson is back for her junior season after a successful sophomore year in which she won the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Anderson is No. 3 in ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings after finishing No. 4 in the final 2012-2013 rankings.
Lauren Herring of Georgia enters the season No. 3 in the preseason singles rankings after a strong sophomore season which saw her make the NCAA Singles quarterfinals. She was also the ITA Southeast Regional singles and doubles champion.
University of Virginia sophomore Elbaba, last year's runner up, is one of 17 returning All-Americans participating in the 2013 event. The 2013 ITA Rookie of the Year, Elbaba will look to make an even bigger impression on the draw after losing a near three-hour battle with 2012 champion Lauren Embree of Florida in last year's final.
The doubles field at this year's Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships is equally as loaded, with the entire top 10 from the ITA Women's Preseason Rankings entered into the tournament. Defending champions Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of USC return as No. 1 in the preseason ITA doubles rankings. The duo is coming off a huge season, when they completed the triple-crown, winning the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and NCAA Women's Doubles Championship.
Rounding out the top five preseason ranked doubles teams are (in order): Kate Fuller/Silvia Garcia (Georgia), Brooke Bolender/ Emina Bektas (Michigan), Hermon Brhane/Whitney Ritchie (Oklahoma), Ema Burgic/Victoria Kisialeva(Baylor)
Complete ITA Preseason Rankings and ITA All-American Championships selections can be found by clicking the links below:
2013 ITA Division I Women's Preseason Rankings
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 20,000 college varsity student-athletes at NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA web site is www.itatennis.com.