Three Huskies Earn Preseason Rankings

Sept. 4, 2009

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SKILLMAN, N.J. - The 2009-10 tennis season is now officially open for business as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its preseason rankings today in advance of the fall tournament season which begins in less than a month.

Washington junior-to-be Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, a First Team All-Pac-10 performer last year, will enter the fall ranked 32nd nationally in singles. That is up 20 spots from where he ended last year and just one spot below his career-high. Nedunchezhiyan reached his first NCAA Singles Championships last year and finished the year with a 20-9 record.

Derek Drabble, heading into his senior year, and junior-to-be Martin Kildahl are ranked a very impressive 11th in the preseason doubles poll. The duo came on strong at the end of last year, reaching the Pac-10 semifinals and barely missing an NCAA tourney selection. They finished the year ranked a career-best 31st.

Drabble and Kildahl's No. 11 ranking is tied for the third-best ever by a Husky doubles pair. Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu were ranked as high as No. 5 in 2005.

The fall season begins on October 3rd with the ITA All-American Championships, the first of three major individual events on the college tennis calendar. Nedunchezhiyan has been selected for the main singles draw.

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