Jan. 7, 2014
By Kasandra Martinson
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Fresno State women's tennis team earned a spot in the Top 75 at No. 56 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's first rankings of the 2014 dual match tennis season.
The Bulldogs also earned singles and doubles ranking in the initial polls. Sophomore Sophie Watts earned an ITA singles ranking of No. 104, while Aishwarya Agrawal and Claire Yang paired to earn an ITA doubles ranking of No. 41.
"It is a big honor to have a team ranking, a singles ranked player and a doubles ranked pair," said Fresno State women's tennis head coach Ryan Stotland. "I think that it shows our program is moving in the right direction."
Watts was also ranked at No. 15 in the ITA Northwest Region rankings while Agrawal and Yang have a doubles ranking of No. 7 in the region.
The 'Dogs face 11 other ranked teams in their 21 dual match schedule this spring, T-No. 13 Clemson being the highest ranked opponent.
"We are looking forward to the season," said Stotland. "We have a very tough schedule, but I know the players competed well this fall and it shows in the rankings that we can compete against the best."
Fresno State is one of four Mountain West teams to be ranked in the ITA Top 75. San Diego State is the highest ranked school in the conference with a ranking of No. 46. UNLV is ranked No. 50 while San Jose State University was No. 65 in the first standings of the season.
"Our team is excited to get back and start the season, and represent the Bulldogs well," added Stotland.
After opening the spring season at the California Winter Invite on Jan. 17-19, the 'Dogs face T-No. 13 Clemson for ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Jan. 25.
To view the full 2013-14 ITA rankings please visit www.itatennis.com.
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