With the 2017-18 college tennis season right around the corner, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its 2017 Collegiate Men’s Division I Oracle/ITA Preseason Rankings on and the rankings included several Commodore athletes. Vanderbilt’s Cameron Klinger and Daniel Valent were both ranked inside the Top 25 for the Singles Rankings and senior Baker Newman is ranked No. 69 on the season’s inaugural rankings list. On the doubles side, the tandem of Billy Rowe and Lachlan McPhee will open the season ranked No. 16 in the nation.
Klinger enters his junior season ranked No. 20 in the rankings after finishing his 2016-17 campaign with a 24-6 record, which included a 5-1 mark against nationally-ranked opponents, before going down with a knee injury that prematurely ended his season. Despite the injury, Klinger was still still recognized by the Southeastern Conference as a Second Team All-SEC performer.
Valent begins the season ranked in the Oracle/ITA Preseason Top 25 for the second consecutive year, coming in the opening rankings at No. 25. The Zurich, Switzerland native will look to expand on the success he saw in 2016-17, when he compiled a 21-16 record and advanced to the Round of 32 in last year’s NCAA Men’s Singles Tournament.
Newman finished the 2016-17 season sporting a 23-14 record playing primarily in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots in the Vanderbilt lineup.
Rowe and McPhee teamed up for a 7-10 record last year and picked up a pair of wins against nationally ranked opponents along the way.
Vanderbilt men’s tennis will kick off its fall season with the Commodore Scramble from Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Currey Tennis Center.
About the Oracle ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings
As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA administers the Oracle ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings that are designed to track the top men's and women's teams, along with singles and doubles players in NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, Junior Colleges and California Junior Colleges. For full rankings information, please visit HERE.