TEMPE, Ariz. – As the latest college tennis season officially swings into gear, Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2016 Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Women’s Division I Preseason Rankings on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.
In addition, the ITA also unveiled official selections for the 2016 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships, which will be hosted by the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, California, for the 33rd straight year. The tournament kicks off with pre-qualifying matches starting on Oct. 1, while the main draw runs Oct. 6-9.
The first ITA national event of the 2016-17 season takes place this weekend, as the International Tennis Hall of Fame serves as host of the Hall of Fame/ITA Grass Court Invitational. Four Division I men’s teams (Virginia, TCU, Michigan and Princeton) and four Division I women’s teams (California, Georgia Tech, Harvard and Oklahoma State) will take part in the first collegiate event held on the grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. All three days of the Hall of Fame/ITA Grass Court Championships will be broadcast by FloTennis (www.flotennis.com), the first of 15 scheduled ITA events to be broadcast by the direct-to-consumer, subscription-based sports media company, located in Austin, Texas.
North Carolina’s Hayley Carter begins the 2016-17 season as the top-ranked singles player. Last season, Carter became the first women’s player since Nicole Gibbs of Stanford in 2012 to simultaneously hold the No. 1 ranking in singles and doubles. The senior closed out the 2016 campaign ranked No. 2 in singles and No. 3 in doubles.
Pepperdine’s Luisa Stefani and Ohio State’s Francesca Di Lorenzo, two players that were featured in the 2015 Freshmen/Newcomer Rankings (Stefani was No. 5 and Di Lorenzo was No. 1), are ranked No. 2 and 3, respectively. Stefani was named the ITA Women’s Rookie of the Year, while Di Lorenzo won the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship singles title.
Georgia’s Ellen Perez (No. 4) and Miami’s Sinead Lohan (No. 5) complete the Top 5 singles rankings. Florida is the lone team with two players in the Top 10, with Brooke Austin at No. 6 and Belinda Woolcock at No. 9.
In doubles, Kentucky’s Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi begin the 2016-17 season the same place they ended the 2015-16 campaign, atop the national doubles rankings. The Wildcat duo were runners-up at both the 2015 Oracle/ITA Masters and 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship.
Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan of Florida, winners of the 2016 NCAA Doubles Championship, begin the season as the No. 2-ranked team.
North Carolina’s Sara Daavettila is the top-ranked Newcomer/Freshmen. Stanford features two players in the Top 10, with Emily Arbuthnott at No. 7 and Emma Higuchi at No. 9.
About the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings
As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA administers the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings that are designed to track the top men's and women's teams, along with singles and doubles players in NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, Junior Colleges and California Junior Colleges. For full rankings information, please visit http://www.itatennis.com/ResultsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.
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