Sixteen Pac-12 teams ranked in first ITA poll
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Sixteen Pac-12 tennis teams—six men's teams and 10 women's teams—are ranked in the first Campbell's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) College Tennis Rankings of 2013, the ITA announced on Thursday. Additionally, nine squads—five men's teams and four women's teams— claim seats in the top 25 of their respective polls.
Four-time reigning national champion USC checks in at No. 2 on the men's side, followed by UCLA (No. 3), Stanford (No. 10), California (No. 14) and Washington (No. 25). Oregon rounds out the men's rankings at No. 71.
2012 NCAA runner-up UCLA leads the way on the women's side with a No. 2 ranking, while USC (No. 4), Stanford (No. 5) and California (No. 7) join the Bruins in the top 10. ARIZONA is ranked 29th, followed by Washington State (No. 32), Utah (No. 34) and Arizona State (No. 37). Washington and Oregon debut at No. 47 and No. 66, respectively.
Four Pac-12 women's singles players are ranked in the top 10 entering the Spring. Stanford's Krista Hardebeck kicks off the season at No. 2, followed by UCLA's Robin Anderson (No. 6) and Cal's Zsofi Susanyi (No. 7) and Anett Schutting (No. 9). The Conference also features the top doubles pairing in the land in USC's Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria, who dropped just one set during an undefeated fall campaign in which they claimed the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles title.
For the men, three singles players occupy spots in the top 25: USC's Ray Sarmiento (No. 10), UCLA's Marcos Giron (No. 12) and USC's Roberto Quiroz (No. 24). The Pac-12 is also represented in the top 10 on the doubles circuit as Cal's Ben McLachlan and brother Riki McLachlan check in at No. 7 in the initial poll.
To view the complete men's and women's rankings, visit www.itatennis.com.