Jan. 7, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With less than two weeks before the start of the spring season, the Vanderbilt women's tennis program has already garnered some national respect with the release of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason poll.
Head Coach Geoff Macdonald's squad enters 2009 competition ranked No. 12 in the country by the ITA. Vanderbilt is one of six Southeastern Conference teams ranked among the nation's top 25.
The Commodores begin their 2009 schedule fresh off their 11th straight Sweet 16 finish at last year's NCAA Championships. Vanderbilt finished the season ranked in the top-10 (No. 10) for the fifth time in Macdonald's 14-year tenure.
Individually, five Commodores are ranked in the ITA singles rankings. The five ranked players tie Georgia for the most in the SEC. The `Dores are led in the rankings by freshman standout Jackie Wu at No. 21. Wu is coming off an impressive fall season where she defeated four top-100 players en route to a team high 13 fall wins.
Junior Catherine Newman is ranked No. 55 in the singles play after going 12-5 in the fall. Newman joined Wu with four wins of her own over top-100 players.
Freshman Chelsea Preeg and sophomore Keilly Ulery enter the spring campaign ranked No. 80 and No. 84 respectively while senior Courtney Ulery is ranked 105th.
Vanderbilt opens the season Jan. 17-19 as the team travels north to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete in the Michigan Invitational.
ITA Division I Women's Tennis Preseason Top 25:
1. Northwestern (17)
2. California (1)
3. UCLA (14)
6. Georgia (1)
8. Georgia Tech
9. Duke (1)
10. Southern California
13. Miami (Fla.)
15. Fresno State
17. Notre Dame
18. North Carolina
20. Florida State
21. Arizona State
22. William & Mary