Tennis Preseason Singles And Doubles Rankings Announced By ITA

Sept. 10, 2002

SKILLMAN, N.J. -- Five USC men's and women's tennis players earned singles and doubles rankings according to the preseason edition of the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, released Monday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Senior Jewel Peterson leads the group with a No. 4 preseason singles ranking and a No. 2 doubles ranking with partner Tiffany Brymer. Sophomore Luana Magnani (No. 20) and senior Maureen Diaz (No. 60) are also ranked among the top 100. Loyola and Diaz are ranked No. 28 in doubles.

On the men's side, sophomore Prakash Amritraj (who will rejoin the team in January, 2003) is ranked No. 42 and junior Daniel Langre is No. 96 in the singles poll. Amritraj and Langre earned a No. 25 doubles ranking. The defending national championship Trojans lost three seniors from the 2002 squad.

The first of three national championship tournaments for the 2002-03 take place next month. The Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the Rivera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., both take place Oct. 10-13.

The preseason team rankings come out in January, 2003. The complete preseason top 100 singles and top 50 doubles can be found at www.itatennis.com.

Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings
Division I Women's Singles - Top 10

1. Vilmarie Castellvi, Tennessee
2. Megan Bradley, Miami (Fla.)
3. Agata Cioroch, Georgia
4. Jewel Peterson, USC

5. Kelly McCain, Duke
6. Sara Walker, UCLA
7. Erin Burdette, Stanford
8. Kate Pinchbeck, North Carolina
9. Adria Engel, Arizona State
10. Sarah Riske, Vanderbilt
20. Luana Magnani, USC
60. Maureen Diaz, USC

Division I Women's Doubles - Top 10
1. Aleke Tsoubanos/Sarah Riske, Vanderbilt
2. Tiffany Brymer/Jewel Peterson, USC
3. Adria Engel/Dora Krstulovic, Arizona State
4. Debbie Larocque/Maja Mlakar, Arizona
5. Lauren Barnikow/Erin Burdette, Stanford
6. Raquel Kops-Jones/Christina Fusano, California
7. Linda Faltynkova/Katarzyna Kolodynska, Oklahoma State
8. Lori Grey/Agata Cioroch, Georgia
9. Hillary Adams/Kelly McCain, Duke
10. Stacy Varnell/Manon Kruse, Middle Tennessee
28. Anita Loyola/Maureen Diaz, USC

Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings
Division I Men's Singles - Top 10
1. Jesse Witten, Kentucky
2. Tobias Clemens, UCLA
3. Romain Ambert, Mississippi State
4. John Fruttero, California
5. Benjamin Becker, Baylor
6. Amer Delic, Illinois
7. Phillip King, Duke
8. Oliver Maiberger, San Diego State
9. Bobby Reynolds, Vanderbilt
10. Daniel Klemetz, Middle Tennessee
42. Prakash Amritraj, USC
96. Daniel Langre, USC

Division I Men's Doubles - Top 10
1. Jesse Witten, Kentucky
2. Tobias Clemens, UCLA
3. Romain Ambert, Mississippi State
4. John Fruttero, California
5. Benjamin Becker, Baylor
6. Amer Delic, Illinois
7. Phillip King, Duke
8. Oliver Maiberger, San Diego State
9. Bobby Reynolds, Vanderbilt
10. Daniel Klemetz, Middle Tennessee
25. Prakash Amritraj/Daniel Langre, USC

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