Washington University Women’s Tennis Ranked No. 13 in ITA Preseason Poll
St. Louis, Mo., November 13, 2012 — The Washington University in St. Louis women’s tennis team is ranked No. 13 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Preseason Top-30 Poll, as announced by the ITA.
Amherst College, who finished fourth at the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship, begins the season ranked No. 1, while defending National Champion Williams College is ranked No. 2. Three University Athletic Association (UAA) teams round out the top five – University of Chicago (No. 3), Emory University (No. 4) and Carnegie Mellon University (No. 5). Fellow UAA team Brandeis University is also ranked at No. 22.
Head coach Kelly Stahlhuth led the Bears to a 15-8 record and their fifth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12. Washington University, who is ranked No. 4 in the Central Region preseason rankings, lost to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
The Bears return seven letterwinners from a year ago, including senior Kate Klein and junior Corinne Rauck, who earned second-team all-UAA honors at No. 1 doubles and competed in the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship. Junior Theresa Petraskova also returns after receiving second-team all-UAA honors at No. 2 doubles.
Klein is ranked No. 16 in singles in the ITA Central Region. She has posted a 48-32 singles record in her career, and competed in the 2012 NCAA Division III Individual Singles Championship. Klein and freshman Aly Coran are one of two Washington U. doubles teams ranked in the Central Region preseason rankings, landing at No. 11, while Petraskova and sophomore Hanna Newstadt are tied for 15th.
Washington University begins the season with a pair of matches Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 23-24, in Greencastle, Ind. The Bears take on No. 10 DePauw University in the season-opener Feb. 23, before facing Case Western Reserve University the next day. Washington U. is scheduled to play eight matches against teams ranked in the top-30 during the regular season.