St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 18, 2018 – For the second-straight year, the Washington University in St. Louis women's tennis team begins the season ranked No. 11 in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Rankings, as announced Thursday by the Association.
Defending national champion Williams opens the season as the top-ranked team in Division III. Emory (No. 2), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (No. 3), Middlebury (No. 4), Bowdoin (No. 5), Pomona-Pitzer (No. 6), Tufts (No. 7), Wesleyan (No. 8), Chicago (No. 9) and Carnegie Mellon (No. 10) make up the Top 10.
Head coach Kelly Stahlhuth is in her 13th season on the Danforth Campus and has a career record of 186-92 (.669). Stahlhuth guided WashU to a 14-11 mark a year ago, and the Bears qualified for the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second-straight season.
WashU returns eight letterwinners from a year ago, and have eight freshmen on the roster. Senior Grace Deering and freshman Ally Persky won the ITA Central Region Doubles Championship in the fall, and the duo picked up All-America honors after placing sixth at the ITA Oracle Cup.
Deering is one of five starters who return for the Bears: junior Lisa Chionis, junior Brigitte Hodge, senior Kate Lee and sophomore Sanjna Tripathy. Lee was an honorable-mention all-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection at No. 5 singles a year ago, while Tripathy picked up honorable-mention all-UAA accolades at No. 3 doubles.
WashU opens the spring season on Friday, Feb. 23, at Coe College. The match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Bears are scheduled to have 10 matches this season against teams ranked in the top-40.
The next set of national rankings will be released on March 1, 2018.