RANKINGS /ALL-AMERICAN SELECTIONS
SKILLMAN, NJ – With the 2015-16 collegiate tennis year getting underway, the ITA announces the 2015 Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Women’s Division I Preseason Rankings today.
In addition, selections for the 2015 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships have been made public and the first national championship of the year begins this week in Malibu, California, as the Malibu Racquet Club plays host to the inaugural Oracle/ITA Masters.
Stanford’s Carol Zhao will begin the year as top-ranked singles player. Last year’s NCAA Singles runner-up, Zhao has also displayed excellent prowess in doubles, as she and 2014-15 partner Taylor Davidson were the No. 2 ranked team and finished the year with a 33-8 mark.
Florida’s Brooke Austin, who ended last year with a No. 4 national ranking and SEC Player and Freshman of the Year honors, is ranked No. 2 in the preseason. Austin concluded her first year in Gainesville with a 32-8 singles record.
Virginia’s Julia Elbaba, a three-time ITA All-American, reached the top-spot in the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings last season, before ultimately settling in to the No. 5 position. She’s ranked No. 3 to begin her senior season in Charlottesville. Cal’s Maegan Manasse and Josie Kuhlman of Florida complete the top 5 individual rankings. Elbaba and Manasse headline the women’s singles draw at the 2015 Oracle/ITA Masters.
With Austin and Kuhlman, the Gators feature two players in the top 5. Virginia is the only other institution with two players ranked in the top 10, with Elbaba and No. 8 Danielle Collins, the 2014 NCAA Singles National Champion.
Georgia leads all teams with six student-athletes in the top 125. The ACC has four players in the top 10, with the Pac-12 (three) and SEC (three) also sporting multiple top 10 players.
In doubles, Austin and Kourtney Keegan hold down the top spot. Austin and Cal’s Manasse are the only players to hold top 5 rankings in both singles and doubles. UCLA’s Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips, last year’s winners at the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, are the No. 2 ranked team. Cal’s Manasse and Denise Starr, Vanderbilt’s Sydney Campbell and Courtney Colton and Texas A&M’s Eva Paalma and Rachel Pierson comprise the No.’s 3-5 positions.
Ohio State’s Francesca DiLorenzo, a semifinalist at the 2015 US Open Junior Championships, is the first Buckeyes player to be listed in the Freshman/Newcomer rankings, and she enters at the top of the list. Duke has two players in the top 10 with Ellyse Hamlin at No. 6 and Kaitlyn McCarthy at No. 9.
For the 32nd year, the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, California, will serve as the host site for the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. The national event is set to begin on Oct. 3 with prequalifying singles and doubles matches. Main draw action is slated for October 8-11.
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/AwardsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.