St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 9, 2016 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's tennis team is ranked No. 11 in the 2016 Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Rankings, as announced Wednesday by the Association.
The Bears are also ranked No. 2 in the Central Region.
Defending national champion Emory University opens the season as the top-ranked team in Division III. The Eagles posted a 28-5 record a year ago, and won the programs seventh national championship. Williams College, Middlebury College, Bowdoin College and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges round out the top five.
Head coach Kelly Stahlhuth, who is in her 12th year on the Danforth Campus, guided WashU to a 17-9 overall record in 2015-16. The Bears also advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fourth time in school history.
Seniors Kaylan Griffith and Rebecca Ho highlight nine letterwinners and four starters back from a year ago. The duo earned All-America honors in the fall in doubles after placing third at the ITA Oracle Cup. Ho also picked up All-America honors in singles after taking placing third in singles at the ITA Oracle Cup.
In the individual rankings, Emory University's Bridget Harding holds the top spot after claiming the Division III singles title at the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup in October. Ho is ranked No. 4 in singles and is third in school history with 151 victories.
In doubles, Hardin and doubles partner Katarina Su won the Division III title at the ITA Oracle Cup, and earned the national No. 1 ranking. Griffith and Ho are the No. 3-ranked team in Division III.
WashU opens the spring season on Saturday, Feb. 11, against NCAA Division II Drury University. The match is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. at Kings Point Racquet Club in Belleville, Ill. The Bears will have eight matches this season against teams ranked in the top-40.