Embry Riddle, SCAD-Savannah Top ITA NAIA College Tennis Rankings

NAIA March 2014 rankings

Embry Riddle, SCAD-Savannah Top ITA NAIA College Tennis Rankings

Nation's top NAIA players and doubles teams announced
 
 
SKILLMAN, NJ (Mar. 13) -- The first ITA NAIA College Tennis Rankings of 2014 have been announced, and Embry-Riddle remains tops in men's singles and both men's and women's doubles, while SCAD-Savannah is atop the women's singles rankings. The NAIA singles and doubles rankings consist of the nation's Top 50 singles players and Top 25 doubles teams. Along with the national rankings, the NAIA regional rankings have also been announced, listing the Top 20 singles players and Top 10 doubles teams in the region.

 

Top Flight Singles: 

Embry-Riddle's Deni Zmak kept his spot at the top of the NAIA Men's Singles Rankings. Zmak has an impressive 18-3 overall record this year and is 8-1 this spring. His only loss in the spring was a 3-6, 6-4, 10-4 loss to Barry University's Ahmed Triki. On the women's side, Theresa Schmaus of SCAD-Savannah also retained her top ranking. The senior is 9-1 this year, with her only loss coming to Division II's top singles player, Valentine Confalonieri of Lynn University in three sets in the first round of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships Super Bowl.

 

Top Flight Doubles: 

The Embry-Riddle Eagles top both men's and women's doubles NAIA rankings once again. Zmak and partner Simon Felix kept their No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Men's Doubles rankings; the pair have a 16-4 record this year and are 6-3 this spring. Meanwhile Embry-Riddle's doubles tandem of Kristina Marova and Hui-I Huang sit atop the NAIA women's doubles rankings with their 5-2 spring record. The pair is 9-4 overall this year, and their two spring losses were to Division II Top 5 teams.

 

Top 10 ITA NAIA Singles Rankings:

Below is a list of the Top 10 men's and women's singles players.

Men

 

Previous rank

Women

 

Previous rank

1. Deni Zmak

Embry-Riddle

1

1. Theresa Schmaus

SCAD-Savannah

1

2. Stefan Kilchhofer

Vanguard

3

2. Jude Curtis

Auburn Montgomery

2

3. Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff

Auburn Montgomery

4

3. Neesha Thirumalaichelvam

University of the Cumberlands

3

4. Bruno Tiberti

Georgia Gwinnett

12

4. Nour Abbes

Xavier University (LA)

NR

5. Aaron Hendrick

Aquinas

5

5. Valeria Podda

Georgia Gwinnett

NR

6. Christian Wickenhauser

Concordia

20

6. Lauren Stratman

Westmont University

NR

7. Roger Muri

Vanguard

 

7. Dominika Jasova

Brenau University

5

8. Rodrigo Schaefer

Westmont College

7

8. Tetiana Kovalska

St. Thomas University

7

9. Birkir Gunnarsson

Graceland

23

9. Anastasia Baranova

Oklahoma Baptist

14

10. Marco Carvajal

Oklahoma Baptist

2

10. Amy Fritz

Evangel University

4


Top Five ITA NAIA Doubles Rankings:

Below is a list of the Top five men's and women's doubles teams.  

Men

 

Previous rank

Women

 

Previous rank

1. Zmak/Felix

Embry-Riddle

1

1. Huang/Marova

Embry-Riddle

1

2. Schaefer/Barnard

Westmont College

5

2. Podda/Karompis

Georgia Gwinnett

2

3. Volclair/Zaatini

Coastal Georgia

NR

3.Stratman/Stratman

Westmont College

3

4. Hendrick/Artaev

Aquinas

NR

4. Schmaus/Plavsic

SCAD - Savannah

4

5. Gunnarsson/Razo

Graceland

NR

5. Baranova/Shkot

Oklahoma Baptist

5


Coming Up Next: 
The 2014 ITA NAIA singles and doubles rankings will be published again on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

 

About the ITA Rankings

As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA administers the ITA College Tennis Rankings (Singles, Doubles, and Team) that are designed to track the top men and women teams and 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/AwardsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.

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