Thursday, September 13, 2018

Six Stanford women earn preseason singles rankings

Stanford sophomore Michaela Gordon, playing in the 2017 Sacramento Challenger,
is 10th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I preseason singles rankings.
The Cardinal returns all of its starting singles and doubles players after winning its
second NCAA title in three years in May. Photo by Rob Vomund
   Barring injuries, the Stanford women won't sneak up on anyone in 2018-19.
   The Cardinal returns all of its starting singles and doubles players after winning its second NCAA championship in three years in May. Stanford, which has played in the last three NCAA finals, matched its 2016 record as the lowest-seeded team (15th) to win the title.
   All six of Stanford's singles players and two of its doubles teams received Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I preseason rankings on Tuesday. The ITA ranks 125 singles players and 60 doubles teams.
   Rated in singles are No. 10 Michaela Gordon, a sophomore from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area; No. 13 Melissa Lord, a senior from Bloomfield, Conn.; No. 24 Emily Arbuthnott, a junior from England; No. 47 Caroline Lampl, a senior from Leesburg, Va.; No. 56 Janice Shin, a sophomore from Houston; and No. 63 Emma Higuchi, a junior from Los Angeles.
   In doubles, Arbuthnott and Gordon are No. 3, and Lampl and Kimberly Yee, a senior from Las Vegas, are No. 17.
   The Cal women have three singles players, all in the top 34, and one doubles team in the rankings. Listed in singles are No. 28 Julia Rosenqvist, a sophomore from Sweden; No. 29 Anna Bright, a sophomore from Boca Raton, Fla.; and No. 34 Olivia Hauger, a senior from Tulsa, Okla. Hauger and Rosenqvist are No. 33 in doubles.
   Three other women with Bay Area ties are ranked in singles and doubles. Texas Tech's Felicity Maltby, a senior from Sunnyvale in the Bay Area, is No. 37 in singles and No. 53 in doubles; Mariia Kozyreva, a Saint Mary's sophomore from Russia, is No. 85 in singles and No. 23 in doubles (with sophomore Hind Abdelouahid of Manteca); and UCLA's Alaina Miller, a senior from Saratoga, is No. 86 in singles and No. 47 in doubles.
   Santa Clara's Maddie Pothoff, a junior from Tucson, Ariz., is ranked No. 110 in singles, and South Carolina's Paige Cline, a senior from Kentfield in the Bay Area, is No. 39 in doubles.
   Vanderbilt's Cameron Klinger, a senior from San Jose, is rated No. 7 in men's singles and No. 4 in doubles. Columbia's Victor Pham, a senior from Saratoga, is No. 13 in singles and No. 18 in doubles.
   The Stanford and Cal men each have two ranked singles players. The Cardinal's Axel Geller, a sophomore from Argentina who finished 2017 as the No. 1 junior in the world, is No. 48, and Sameer Kumar, a senior from Carmel, Ind., is No. 63. The Bears' Jacob Brumm, a sophomore from Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego region, is No. 102, and Jack Molloy, a sophomore from England, is No. 113. Also, Cal sophomore Can Kaya and junior Mert Zincirli, both from Turkey, are No. 59 in doubles.
   Florida's Sam Riffice, from Roseville in the Sacramento area, and Cal's Yuta Kikuchi of Japan are rated the No. 1 and No. 8 freshmen/newcomers, respectively. Both are freshmen. Riffice also is No. 38 in doubles.
   The ITA Women's All-American Championships are scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 7 at Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif. The ITA Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., are set to begin the same day and end Oct. 8.
   The first team rankings of the season will be released on Jan. 2.
INTERCOLLEGIATE TENNIS ASSOCIATION
DIVISION I PRESEASON RANKINGS
Top 10
Women's singles
1. Bianca Turati, Texas
2. Makenna Jones, North Carolina
3. Estela Perez-Somarriba, Miami
4. Ashley Lahey, Pepperdine
5. Gabriela Knutson, Syracuse
6. Anastasia Rychagova, Kansas
7. Fernanda Contreras, Vanderbilt
8. Katarina Jokic, Georgia
9. Stacey Fung, Washington
10. Michael Gordon, Stanford
Women's doubles
1. Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy, Duke
2. Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham, North Carolina
3. Emily Arbuthnott and Michaela Gordon, Stanford
4. Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez, Syracuse
5. Chandler Carter and Emma Davis, Wake Forest
6. Elena Christofi and Morgan Coppoc, Georgia
7. Jessica Golovin and Eden Richardson, LSU
8. Lauryn John-Baptiste and Ilze Hattingh, Arizona State
9. Megan Kauffman and Lauren Proctor, Winthrop
10. Sara Daavettila and Alle Sanford, North Carolina
Men's singles
1. Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest
2. Nuno Borges, Mississippi State
3. Mazen Osama, Alabama
4. Brandon Holt, USC
5. Giovanni Oradini, Mississippi State
6. Timo Stodder, Tennessee
7. Cameron Klinger, Vanderbilt
8. Thomas Laurent, Oregon
9. Carl Soderlund, Virginia
10. Alex Rybakov, TCU
Men's doubles
1. Nuno Borges and Strahinja Rakic, Mississippi State
2. Brandon Holt and Riley Smith, USC
3. Jack Jaede and Laurens Verboven, USC
4. Carmeron Klinger and Billy Rowe, Vanderbilt
5. Johannes Schretter and Will Little, Baylor
6. Loic Cloes and Clement Marzol, South Alabama
7. Niclas Braun and Giovanni Oradini, Mississippi State
8. Jack Mingjie Lin and William Matheson, Columbia
9. Mazen Osama and Edson Ortiz, Alabama
10. Guilherme Osorio and Nico Borter, San Diego

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